Project 3.2 Comparative Analysis of Early Childhood Outcomes

Project 3.2 Comparative Analysis of Early Childhood Outcomes

Project Name: Project 3.2 Comparative Analysis of Early Childhood Outcomes
Project Leader:
Lucinda Platt
Other Project Team Members:
Michela Franceschelli, Rachel Wilde
Project 3.2 Comparative Analysis of Early Childhood Outcomes

Project Details

The project explores patterns of early child outcomes, addressing these questions in a longitudinal framework.

Children’s early health, development and well-being vary widely both within and between countries. Early child outcomes are influenced by both individual and family characteristics and local, national and institutional contexts. However, we still have only limited understanding of the extent to which differences in national cultural and institutional (policy) differences drive variations between countries, and how far they stem from the different characteristics and circumstances of families bringing up young children in different countries.

Hence, this project addresses four main questions:

1) How do selected early child outcomes vary cross-nationally among a set of broadly comparable developed nations?

2) What are the key individual and family-level influences on early childhood outcomes across these countries – and is their influence consistent for each of the countries considered?

3) To what extent are cross-national differences in composition of families with young children (e.g. ethnic, socio-economic) implicated in cross-national variation in child outcomes?

4) What can cross-national comparisons reveal about the importance of national and institutional context in early child outcomes?

The project exploits the wealth of mature and developing birth cohort studies from UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and France, involving collaboration with researchers from all these studies, to explore patterns of early child outcomes, addressing these questions in a longitudinal framework.

 

 

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