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Third of pre-school children have their own iPad

Third of pre-school children have their own iPad | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Ownership of tablet computers among under-fives in the UK is widespread, with a quarter of under-threes having one of their own

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This is an ESRC-funded project between the University of Sheffield and the University of Edinburgh.

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UK population is becoming overweight and obese at younger ages

Children born since the 1980s are two to three times more likely than older generations to be overweight or obese by the age of 10, according to new research.

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The study cited in the article was conducted by ESRC-funded Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER). This project is part of a collaborative research programme entitled "Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources" (CLOSER) (grant reference ES/K000357/1)

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Getting married before having children 'boosts chances of staying together'

Getting married before having children 'boosts chances of staying together' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Couples who get married before having children dramatically less likely to split up than those who choose to cohabit

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Article cites research findings from data at the ESRC-funded Understanding Society

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Video-based therapy might benefit babies at risk of autism

Video-based therapy for families with babies at risk of autism improves infants' engagement, attention and social behavior, and might reduce the likelihood of such children developing autism, according to new research published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.
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The project cited in the article was part-funded by the ESRC.

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UK: Children's, Parents' Mental Health on the Decline

UK: Children's, Parents' Mental Health on the Decline | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Surveys of mental health professionals show troubling admissions regarding the state of mental health for both children and parents.
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Articles cites research from the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance, which receives ESRC funding.

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Not Many Of Us Land The Dream Jobs We Wanted As Kids

Not Many Of Us Land The Dream Jobs We Wanted As Kids | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

If the job you have isn't the one you always dreamed of, you have lots of company. A new study shows that only about six percent of adults wind up in occupations they dreamed about as children.


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Article cites the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey

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Research identifies types of reading that can lead to higher vocabulary

Research involving almost 10,000 people has discovered a connection between reading for pleasure as a child and vocabulary later in life.
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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education.

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Pupils from posh suburbs hog Sheffield’s best school, report reveals

Pupils from posh suburbs hog Sheffield’s best school, report reveals | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Children in Sheffield’s poorer suburbs are having to travel further to get into higher performing primary schools – while those in wealthier areas are likelier to attend one on their doorstep.

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Travel to School Project part of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative

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How exercise helps your kids at school

How exercise helps your kids at school | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Children who do more physical activity are likely to improve their health and it might also help them improve their school grades.

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The author of this article, Josie Booth, receives funding from the ESRC. Josie is a lecturer for the School of Psychology at the University of Dundee.

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Children 'satisfied but fear bullies'

Children 'satisfied but fear bullies' | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Analysis of research into childhood in the UK paints a mixed picture of high satisfaction on the one hand, and fear of bullying and crime on the other.

Data compiled by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) finds over three-quarters (77%) of children aged 10-15 are satisfied with their lives.

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The ONS research draws on surveys from the Understanding Society programme. Understanding Society is a longitudinal study funded by the ESRC.

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Is it selfish to want children?

Is it selfish to want children? | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

"Parenthood may not be the selfless achievement that we modern parents like to think it is."


"Only half of pregnancies in the UK are planned, according to the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, and a further 29 per cent were described as “ambivalent."

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The findings of the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, which was part funded by the ESRC, are featured in this article.

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Why It's So Hard to Deceive Children

Why It's So Hard to Deceive Children | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
Daily interactions require bargaining, be it for food, money or even making plans.
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Article written by Emma Blakey, who receives funding from the ESRC.

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Now we know why it's so hard to deceive children

Now we know why it's so hard to deceive children | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Daily interactions require bargaining, be it for food, money or even making plans. These situations inevitably lead to a conflict of interest as both parties seek to maximise their gains. To deal with them, we need to understand the other person’s intentions, beliefs and desires and then use that to inform our bargaining strategy.


New research published just in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that this skill develops remarkably early in childhood, as early as age seven.

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Article by Emma Blakey, who receives funding from the ESRC.

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Having children later makes parents happy

Children can be a source of delight, and then in the next moment leave their parents feeling completely exasperated. Thus, the answers to the question of whether having children leads to happiness have varied.

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Article cites findings from the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey

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Watching TV can be good for toddlers

Watching TV can be good for toddlers | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Scaremongering about the negative effects of children's TV-watching is not new. But in our busy lives it's more and more tempting to let your child watch television for half an hour.

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The author of the article, Gemma Taylor, is a Research Associate for the ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD).

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Watch out 2025 polling stations

Watch out 2025 polling stations | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
What issues were important to you when you were 10? Pupils at Grasmere Primary School have been thinking up some serious questions for local politicians. Here are some:
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The article cites data from the ESRC-funded British Election Study.

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Low-income boys fare worse in wealth’s shadow

Low-income boys fare worse in wealth’s shadow | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Poor boys who grow up alongside more affluent neighbors exhibit more antisocial behavior.

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The research cited in the article used data from the the E-Risk Study which is funded by the Medical Research Council with additional support provided by ESRC grant RES-177-25-0013.

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Teach children what to say and they'll stand up to bullies

Teach children what to say and they'll stand up to bullies | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Following concerns that two thirds of teachers have witnessed cyberbullying, research suggests that telling children what to say would encourage them to stand up for victims

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Article refers to an event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science.

Article first published 4th November 2014

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Shoebox plea to help Dundee youngsters this Christmas

Shoebox plea to help Dundee youngsters this Christmas | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Recent figures released by the Institute for Fiscal Studies showed that 28 per cent of children living in Dundee are growing up in poverty.

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Article mentions findings from the Institute for Fiscal Studes, which receives ESRC funding.

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Only 6 per cent of people work in the occupations they aspired to in childhood

Children who aspire to professions considered sex-typical have twice the chance of ending up in one of them as an adult. However, only 6 per cent of people work in the profession they aspired to in childhood,” found investigators.

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The article cites data from the ESRC-funded British Household Panel Survey.

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Mixed prospects for bilingual pupils

Mixed prospects for bilingual pupils | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Primary school children from English speaking homes who attend Welsh only schools are less likely to be top performers in maths, science and English than English-medium pupils

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The article cites Dr Mirain Rhys from the ESRC-funded Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD).

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Child poverty levels in UK mapped out by new research

Child poverty levels in UK mapped out by new research | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

One in two children in most deprived areas live below poverty line, while 2.3 million are classified as in relative poverty

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Article cites the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies

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School can worsen disabled children's behavioural problems, researchers say

School can worsen disabled children's behavioural problems, researchers say | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

Much more could be done to help children with physical and learning disabilities cope with the challenges they face on entering school, new research from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) suggests.

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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Millennium Cohort Study at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies.

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There is a perfect age gap for siblings - and it's not what you think

There is a perfect age gap for siblings - and it's not what you think | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it
A new study suggests a perfect age gap for siblings based on whether they go on to higher education.
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The article reports on a study from the Institute for Social Economic Research, which receives ESRC funding.

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Marriage has moved on and now the children come first

Marriage has moved on and now the children come first | ESRC press coverage | Scoop.it

They may not be Mr and Mrs Smith but, by delaying wedlock, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are part of a new norm.

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The article cites research by the ESRC-funded Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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