Research Projects Using Growing Up Data

On these pages you can search for research projects using Growing Up in New Zealand data.   We've tried to include all current and previous projects which use the data, but this list may not be exhaustive. 

Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Psych and Cog
In a series of studies, we will explore the main determinants of cognitive functioning among 4.5 year-old NZ children. In this regard, cognition refers to language, motor and numerical ability, as well as working memory and inhibitory control. We will first describe the data and its associations with early childhood and ....
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
Family and Whanau
This paper looks at the health and development of Asian children growing up in NZ, birth- two years...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
This project builds upon the work that has already been completed on child vulnerability and summarized in the Growing Up in New Zealand vulnerability reports. The current study will define resilience and how measurement of this evolves during childhood. Proximal and distal determinants of resilience will be identified and how these vary between population subgroups defined by ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing, SCONE
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Breastfeeding provides benefits for children, women, and the society. Currently NZ does not have available data on breastfeeding indicators that are generalizable to the national birth cohort. Additionally, studies have reported high levels of bias for exclusive breastfeeding duration estimated solely through retrospective maternal report, suggesting ....
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
SCONE
This research builds on existing Growing Up in New Zealand analyses about residential mobility and focuses on how often the children and their families move house during the preschool period...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Education
Secondary Classification:
SCONE
This project aims to update our current understanding of the enablers and barriers to early childhood education (ECE) uptake, and the relationship between uptake and demographic factors such as socio-economic status, ethnicity and location (e.g. urban / rural), through to age 4.5, as well as patterns of difference in parental satisfaction with ECE providers...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
The evidence that teenage childbearing have negative consequences for mothers and their children is equivocal.
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Education
Secondary Classification:
Family and Whanau, SCONE
This research will describe the factors that both promote and hinder school readiness and contribute to the school readiness gap in NZ....
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Secondary Classification:
SCONE
This project aims to estimate the spatial and temporal distributions of New Zealand pre-school exposure to environmental hazards (e.g. air pollution, indoor and home neighbourhood environment, traffic-related impact, extreme climate conditions, chemical and biological exposures) for assessing the short- and long-term health effects...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Secondary Classification:
SCONE
The home environment is an important risk factor for eczema, a common childhood disease and serious skin infection. New Zealand experiences a high rate of hospital admissions for serious skin infection, especially for children...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Family and Whanau
Secondary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing, Psych and Cog
This study utilizes results from the “Who are today’s dads?” questionnaire. Establishing the role of contemporary fathers in the lives of their children can inform policy that enables paternal involvement in optimising their children’s developmental trajectories
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Education
Secondary Classification:
Family and Whanau
This study will use Growing Up in NZ data to create a school readiness measure for the Growing Up in NZ study that can be used both as an outcome from the preschool years (0-5) and a predictor of future outcomes for the child....
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Family and Whanau
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
This project will use mixed methods to explore the hopes of dreams parents hold for their 4 1/2 year olds. Parents’ reported hopes and dreams will be coded using an adapted version of Maslow’s (1943) hierarchy of needs, and quantitative analysis will then be used to identify important predictors of these hopes and dream categories...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Family and Whanau
The aim of this project is to examine parenting at age 4 ½ years. We will validate the brief measure of parenting by conducting a factor analysis and examining associations with other aspects of parenting (9 months and 2 years)...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Secondary Classification:
SCONE
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Psych and Cog
The stack-and-topple (S&T) task has been used to measure the development of children’s engagement in social games. We, however, modified this task for the GUiNZ 2-year data collection wave to provide a fun, quick, and novel measure of six key outcome measures. In this manuscript we will test the relationship between children’s performance on S&T with conceptually similar outcome variables at 4 years. This will be the first evidence that our S&T task provides a valid measure of key outcomes in early childhood.
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Family and Whanau
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
This research will describe the development of early self-concept in the GUiNZ cohort and examine whether there are any socio-demographic differences. It will also investigate the influence that parenting values and practices (e.g., affiliation, engagement, time spent with child etc) relate to the development of self-concept at 2 years of age.
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Education
Secondary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing, Psych and Cog
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
Family and Whanau
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Applying a developmental perspective, we want to understand how the presence of varying risk factors in the first 2 years of life create vulnerability for problematic outcomes at 54 mos and, at the same time, what factors across multiple domains (child, mother, partner, social/community, ethnicity) are associated with resilience in children exposed to high vulnerability, such that they avoid problematic outcomes despite their high risk status. Using GUiNZ we can pioneer an understanding of high risk exposure over time in early development and resilience in young children prior to entry into public schooling, and extend that to diverse groups in contemporary New Zealand.
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Enhanced human capital leads to increased employment opportunities, higher standards of living, and economic growth. Early music and literacy in the household result in improved knowledge and skills acquisition, pointing to the role they play in human capital development...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
Family and Whanau
Fathers play a significant role in the lives of children. With almost half of Pacific fathers born overseas and over 60% of these migrant fathers raised outside of NZ, further attention needs to be given to the challenges and strengths of fathers in NZ and what policies and services would best respond to the needs of a diverse mix of fathers in NZ...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
SCONE
This paper addresses how Pacific families in NZ interact with health information and health services in the early childhood period (2 years – 54 months). We’ll look at such things as attitudes to health care, the way health care and information is delivered, and the impacts of factors like language, migration history, community support and cultural beliefs..
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Dietary practices established in childhood track into adulthood. Understanding how dietary patterns in childhood become established therefore has implications for dietary intake throughout life.Wide variance exists in patterns of weaning practices and patterns of dietary intake in early childhood...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Family and Whanau
Secondary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing, Psych and Cog
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Education
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Family and Whanau
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
This study is divided into 3 parts: (1) determining parent-child learning interactions: associations with parent-child relationships and interactions across the preschool years....
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Family and Whanau
The main study objective is to measure the role of familial and whanau prosocial and cultural expectations in maternal and paternal altruistic actions related to child health and to develop a household production function of child health which delineates and values altruistic actions influencing child health.
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Family and Whanau
Secondary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
This project will describe the behaviours of families and impacts upon families of having a child with a disability. The research will help to assess the effects on well-being, working situation and relationships for the parents of children with disability.
Year:
2016
Access Type:
External
Primary Classification:
Education
Secondary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing, SCONE
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
The aims of this project are to (i) describe the range of sleep patterns in contemporary New Zealand children at age 2 years and how these vary with child and family characteristics; and (ii) determine whether sleep patterns in the first two years of life are independently associated with behaviour and development at school entry age.
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
The study is investigating how prenatal and postnatal maternal stress impact development of early childhood obesity at age 5?
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Family and Whanau
Secondary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
The study is investigating whether children who have more routines around eating and sleep are also more self-regulated and have better quality parent-child interaction
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Our aim is to find out whether this variant is present within the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort and if so whether it is associated with measures of growth and obesity.This will be of interest as it will explore the role of a genetic variant in early childhood growth in a cohort with a large proportion of Pacific children.
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
The study findings will add to the literature on live vaccine effects on infant and childhood respiratory infections +/- atopic conditions.
Year:
2016
Access Type:
External
Primary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Secondary Classification:
SCONE
This project will investigate relationships between a mother’s emotional state and attitude towards her infant, and the development of relational trajectories, including language of her infant over the first two years of life.
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Psych and Cog
This study will investigate the structure of temperament at age 4 and temperament development over time
Year:
2016
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
This project aims to: (1) determine the factors that are associated with (i) children being hospitalised with unintentional injury, and ....