About GUS

GUS is the longitudinal research study tracking the lives of thousands of children and their families from birth through to the teenage years and beyond. GUS provides new information to help the Scottish Government and others develop policies and services for children and their families so that all children in Scotland have ‘the best start in life’ .

GUS depends on the continued support of our participating families, who have been visited regularly by our trained interviewers to capture information on a range of topics including family circumstances and experiences, child health and development, parenting and support, diet and physical activity, use of services, the local neighbourhood and experiences of school and pre-school.

GUS is funded by the Scottish Government and is carried out by ScotCen Social Research in collaboration with the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh and the MRC Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at Glasgow University.

Watch a pod cast of Paul Bradshaw, Research Director for GUS talking about the study and some of the findings.

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