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Interviews with leading researchers and practitioners about new and emerging evidence on child health and development. Part of the Child of our Time blog edited by researchers at the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies at UCL. Photo: 'Child' by Cristyan González Alfonso

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    • Social Sciences

Interviews with leading researchers and practitioners about new and emerging evidence on child health and development. Part of the Child of our Time blog edited by researchers at the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies at UCL. Photo: 'Child' by Cristyan González Alfonso

https://www.flickr.com/photos/cristyanlaison/2608123006/

    Why reading is key to giving our kids a great start in life

    Why reading is key to giving our kids a great start in life

    A growing body of research is pointing to how important and valuable reading is in giving children the best possible start in life, not just for academic success but more broadly including for a child’s mental health and happiness.

    In this special episode of the Child of our Time Podcast, Professor Yvonne Kelly is joined by Jonathan Douglas, CEO of the National Literacy Trust and researcher Christina Clark, also from the  Trust. They discuss important new evidence about the benefits of reading for individual children and in addressing social inequalities.

    Useful links



    * Reading For Pleasure: A research overview

    * Do mental health problems have their roots in the primary school years? 

    * A bedtime story

    • 13 min
    Be prepared: the mental health benefits of scouting and guiding

    Be prepared: the mental health benefits of scouting and guiding

    Being a scout or a guide when we are young might be a good experience for us in all sorts of ways, but can those positive effects be long lasting though our lives and if so, how? Research using the 1958 Birth Cohort shows a strong link between being a scout or a guide when young and better mental health later in life. Professor Richard Mitchell from the University of Glasgow talks to the Child of our Time Podcast about the research, what he and colleagues from Edinburgh found and what he thinks it tells us.

    Photo credit: One-and-Other Girl Guides UK

    • 9 min
    Putting a SPRING in the step of mums-to-be

    Putting a SPRING in the step of mums-to-be

    Making sure that mums-to-be are in the best possible health is key to ensuring their baby gets the best possible start in life. But what sorts of things can help them achieve that? In this episode of the Child of our Time Podcast, Professor Hazel Inskip from the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton, talks about an ongoing trial making use of healthy conversations and Vitamin D supplements to try to improve the diet of just pregnant women.

    Photo credit: Pregnant, Frank de Kleine

    • 16 min
    Young drinkers: using evidence to prevent alcohol abuse

    Young drinkers: using evidence to prevent alcohol abuse

    Research by Child of our Time Editor Yvonne Kelly on 11 year-old drinking has caught the eye of Mentor, a charity working to build resilience among young people to prevent alcohol and drug misuse. The charity’s CEO, Michael O’Toole is now looking to collaborate with Yvonne in future research that will take a look a first look at data from the Millennium Cohort Study in the Autumn. In this episode of the Child of our Time podcast, Michael explains what Mentor is doing, why research based evidence is so important to the charity and how he hopes it will help prevent alcohol abuse among young children in the future.

    Photo credit: Joseph Choi

     

    • 8 min
    Mixed race kids: happier than we might think!

    Mixed race kids: happier than we might think!

    It’s been said and shown over the last few decades that mixed race and mixed ethnicity children tend not to do as well socially and emotionally as their non mixed peers. But new research casts a rather different light on the matter, showing that children both in the UK and US who are from mixed backgrounds are actually doing rather better.  James Nazroo from the University of Manchester has been looking at the issue with colleagues at the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies, UCL and discusses his surprising findings in our latest podcast episode.

    Socioemotional wellbeing among mixed race/ethnicity children in the UK and US: Patterns and underlying mechanisms is published in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour. It is part of a wider programme of ESRC funded research led by Child of Our Time editor, Yvonne Kelly at ICLS.

    Photo credit: Philippe Put

    • 9 min
    Born in Bradford

    Born in Bradford

    Born in Bradford is a fascinating child health development project following the lives of thousands of children in the city. It hopes to find out more about the causes of childhood illness by studying children from all cultures and backgrounds as their lives unfold.

    In this Child of our Time Podcast episode, one of the project’s lead researchers, Professor Kate Pickett from the University of York, explains more about the study, what’s in it that researchers can use, what  it’s found so far and what we can expect to come out of it in the future.

    Photo credit: Tim Green

    • 10 min

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