Motherhood and child outcomes

The consequences of the timing of motherhood and the behaviour of mothers on child outcomes

This is an ESRC-funded project running from January 2006 to September 2008.

This research focuses on outcomes for children in two key areas: first, the age at which their mother had her first child, and second her participation in employment associated child care arrangements. In each case the outcomes may be the consequences of factors antecedent to the timing of births or entry to employment, so the research will investigate their determinants as well as their consequences. This research will review and extend existing analyses of data from the Millennium Cohort Study as well as the children of the NCDS and BCS70 cohort members.

CLS researchers working on this project:

This project is part of the ESRC's Understanding Population Trends and Processes (UPTAP) programme.

PhD Linked Studentships:

Conference and seminar presentations

Kirstine Hansen

Denise Hawkes

Heather Joshi

Andrew Jenkins

Dylan Kneale

Joan Wilson


Other papers in progress:

  • K. Hansen and P. Gregg “Sure Start and Child Outcomes”.
  • K. Hansen and D. Hawkes “Childcare and Child Development”.
  • D. Hawkes and  H. Joshi  “Unequal Entry to Motherhood and Unequal Starts in Life: Evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort”
  • H. Joshi, M. Killingsworth and A. Jenkins “ Event History analysis of fertility and employment histories : US NLSY and the British Birth Cohorts compared.”
  • H. Joshi and D. Kneale “The timing of Motherhood”
  • D. Crosby and D. Hawkes "Child Outcomes and Early Maternal Employment: Evidence for the UK and the US"