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# Growing up in Ireland

This year
Pandemic had no impact on the 'vast majority' of 13-year-olds' transition to secondary school
Just under 100% of 13-year-olds agreed that they had made new friends in second-level education.
Poor housing conditions affect children's health - research
The Government study ‘Growing up in Ireland‘ has published a new report on the housing conditions of children.
Online gambling among young Irish people almost quadruples between ages of 17 and 20
The study also found a ‘statistically significant’ association between ‘playing team sports and regularly gambling’.
Last year
Just over half of nine-year-olds own a phone, up 10% on ten years ago
The report has compared the lives of nine-year-olds in 2007/8 and nine-year-olds in 2017/18.
All time
Strong relationships with parents, peers and teachers 'key to child and adolescent wellbeing'
The latest in the Growing Up In Ireland research is published today.
Growing up in Ireland: Latest results from study give in-depth look at lives of country's nine-year-olds
The new report looks at the lives of young people who were aged nine in 2017/2018.
Relationship breakdowns and parental job losses 'key triggers' for child poverty, research shows
The ESRI found that around four in ten young people surveyed experienced at least one spell of poverty between 2007 and 2017.
Growing up in Ireland: Girls significantly more likely than boys to experience symptoms of depression
Autonomy-granting was a protective factor against depressed mood for both boys and girls.
Most of Ireland's teens are healthy and ambitious, but not all of them get the same fighting chance
20% of 17 and 18 year olds surveyed were found likely to be depressed.
Smoking, alcohol and poor diet: Over half of Irish 17-year-olds categorised as having 'unhealthy' lifestyles
The findings formed part of a study by the Economic and Social Research Institute.
Ireland's 20-year-olds are stressed, living with their parents and worried about housing
Financial security and a good job were their priorities for the next 10 years, according to the Growing Up In Ireland report.
Growing up in Ireland: Just one in four 9-year-olds get recommended level of physical activity
One quarter reported being physically active for at least 60 minutes every day.
One fifth of obese 13-year-olds in Ireland believe they are just the right weight
A new report published today noted similar findings among parents of obese children.
Being overweight or obese is 'major health problem', particularly among children from low-income families
A study has also found that boys are more likely than girls to find school difficult.
Girls and children from disadvantaged backgrounds find it harder to transition to secondary school
A new report looks at how children experiencing transitioning between school levels.
11 things you'll only get if your dad grew up in Carlow
You can’t beat an east coast man …
School, drinking, sex and depression - the average life of your typical Irish teenager
Family and health the most important to teens while religion and politics are largely ignored.
One third of Irish 18-year-olds have had sexual intercourse, major study finds
The finding is contained in the latest round of research from the Growing Up in Ireland study.
'Children in one-parent families disadvantaged in terms of socio-emotional and behavioural difficulties'
Low birth weights were found to have a possible lasting impact on a child’s growth and development.
13 things that make Irish siblings the best siblings
You can’t beat em.
One in six three-year-olds have had injuries that needed hospital attention
Boys are more likely to get injured than girls.
Growing up in Ireland: The recession made kids more badly-behaved
A new study assesses how children feel about living in Ireland.
Women smoke to 'deal with stress of pregnancy'
And it makes children weigh less at birth.
Growing Up In Ireland: How children are being badly affected by the recession
Almost 20,000 children are surveyed as part of the research.
7 ways your parents TOTALLY ruined your teenage life
It’s NOT FAIR. I didn’t ASK to be born.
This is what it is like to be a five-year-old in Ireland
Their parents like them, they’re adjusting well to school, but 20 per cent are overweight.
Growing up in Ireland: How stress and depression can impact on parenting
The latest report from the Growing Up in Ireland study has examined the role of parenting on infant development.
Ryanair, female bishops and obese kids: The week in numbers
Plus: how much money is the Government hoping to get from the sale of Bord Gais Energy?
Minister: The number of obese three-year-olds in Ireland is frightening
Frances Fitzgerald said she was concerned about figures in a report published today which found “examples of three-year-olds eating hamburgers and crisps”.
In full: Life as a 3-year-old Growing Up In Ireland
The latest findings of the large-scale Growing Up In Ireland study are out today. As well as detailing the health and wellbeing of 11,000 Irish three-year-olds, they also show the huge effect of the recession on Irish families.
Growing up in Ireland: Latest study findings show huge impact of recession on families
The long-term study focusing on childhood found a significant increase in the number of parents going through financial problems between 2008 and 2011.
The Evening Fix... now with added awkward text messages
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
Boys ditch homework and mitch school (but still better at maths than girls)
An ESRI conference heard boys are more likely than girls to be absent from school and less likely to do homework.
Revealed: the life of a 13-year-old growing up in Ireland
Here’s what it’s like to be a young teenager living in Ireland.
Breastfeeding could cut chances of childhood obesity by 50 per cent
New research shows that babies who are breastfed for six months or more have their chances of obesity by nine years cut by more than half.
Health Committee to discuss ways of tackling childhood obesity through sport
The Committee will hear proposals on how to tackle childhood obesity following the major report highlighting that one in four three-year-olds in Ireland today is overweight.
After-school activities (but not too many) benefit children
A study by the ESRI on nine-year-old children showed that there are many benefits to after-school activities for children – except when they have too many.
One in four three-year-olds are overweight, study shows
Latest figures showed children from disadvantaged backgrounds were more likely to have weight problems.
Fast-food outlets could be banned near schools
The Government is considering restrictions on takeaways, after a report revealed one in four Irish children is overweight.
Working strains relationships between children and parents
A new study about growing up in Ireland has revealed children’s hope and worries about the future – and showed how they feel about family life, school and friends.