Background

Commissioned in 2003 by the then Scottish Executive Education Department (SEED), and managed by ScotCen Social Research, Growing Up in Scotland is a large-scale longitudinal research project aimed at tracking the lives of several cohorts of Scottish children from the early years, through childhood and beyond. Underpinned by a wide-ranging purpose (outlined below), the principal aim of the study is to provide information to support policy-making in Scotland, but it is also intended to be a broader resource that can be drawn on by academics, voluntary sector organisations and other interested parties.

GUS – The purpose

To generate, through robust methods, specifically Scottish data about outcomes throughout childhood and into adulthood for children growing up in Scotland across a range of key domains:

  • Cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural development
  • Physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Childcare, education and employment
  • Home, family, community and social networks
  • Involvement in offending and risky behaviour

Such data will encompass, in particular, topics where Scottish evidence is lacking and policy areas where Scotland differs from the rest of the UK.

GUS is a holistic study, concerned with all aspects of the child’s life, including health, development, family circumstances, neighbourhood, education, friends and leisure activities.

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