Factors affecting children’s mental health over time

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Larissa Pople and Neera Sharma

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In 2016, Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS), launched a third sector voucher scheme, inviting research ideas that could be examined using the Study. The scheme provided analytical support through the Understanding Society Policy Unit. Following a competitive process, a research project by The Children’s Society and Barnardo’s, was one of those selected. Although the two organisations had submitted proposals separately, a joint voucher was awarded as the two research ideas covered similar ground. The joint research proposal developed was to explore trajectories of mental health
and examine the factors that are associated with mental health problems among 10-15 year-olds. The research exploits the longitudinal design of Understanding Society to shed light on factors measured at age 10-11 and 14-15 that are important in determining poorer mental health at age 14-15. In particular, Understanding Society’s longitudinal panel survey enables changes in mental health to be examined over time - identifying risks and protective factors within a household context over the short and long term.


Social Networks, Psychology, Young People, Child Development, Well Being, Health, Life Course Analysis and Sociology Of Households



Understanding Society Policy Unit research support from Dr Ricky Kanabar, Dr Charlotte Hamilton and Raj Patel is duly acknowledged.

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