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The changing behaviour of mixed ethnicity children

4 April 2016

Some groups of mixed ethnicity children experience an increase in behaviour problems as they are growing up, according to a new study.

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One in seven 11-year-olds have tried alcohol according to new study

9 March 2016

Researchers from University College London (UCL) and the London School of Economics have found that nearly 14% of 11-year-olds had drunk more than a few sips of alcohol at least once. Children whose mothers drank heavily were 80% more likely to drink than children whose mothers did not drink and boys were more likely to […]

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UK-wide reading campaign encourages parents in Northern Ireland to join their children at school

3 February 2016

Charities involved in the Read On. Get On. campaign have been working with a Belfast primary school to improve pupils’ reading skills.

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Poorer children nearly three times as likely to be obese, new study finds

11 December 2015

New findings from the Millennium Cohort Study have questioned why poorer children are at higher risk of obesity compared to their better-off peers.

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Children from poorer backgrounds more likely to have mental health problems

13 November 2015

Children whose parents are from poorer backgrounds are more likely to have diagnosable mental health problems, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education and Centre for Mental Health.

Parental wealth in childhood and its relationship with children’s development and predictors of wealth in adult life

1 October 2015

For the first time in the history of the UK birth cohort studies, a short measure of parents’ financial assets and debts is available in childhood (Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), age 11) alongside measures of income. This research project aims to understand how parents’ long-term financial position shapes their children’s outcomes from an early stage.

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Majority of fathers continue to see their child after separation, study finds

29 June 2015

More than four in five fathers still have contact with their child after they have separated from their partner, according to new research. However, dads who were more involved with parenting before a break-up are more likely to play a bigger role in their child’s future upbringing. The study, conducted by the University of Kent […]

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One in eight UK pupils in Year 6 report having had an alcoholic drink

23 June 2015

A new study on underage drinking in the UK calls for further investigation into alcohol use among primary school children, and for prevention of underage drinking to be extended to this young an age

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‘Stubborn’ group of underage drinkers buck overall decline in drinking among young people

17 March 2015

New research has found that children from less well-off families in the UK are more likely to experiment with alcohol while still in primary school than youngsters from more advantaged backgrounds.

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21st century childhoods may be very different but they still seem largely enjoyable

28 November 2014

Do children born in the UK at the beginning of the new millennium have some reasons to be cheerful? Yes, it appears that they do.

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One in five ‘children of the new century’ obese by age 11

27 November 2014

One in five children born in the UK at the beginning of the new century was obese by the age of 11, a new study shows.

Initial findings from the Millennium Cohort Study Age 11 Sweep

20 November 2014

The fifth MCS survey took place during 2012 when participants were aged 11. Our initial findings from the age 11 survey cover a range of themes, from family structure to child cognitive development.

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