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:
Health and Wellbeing
NZ children suffer from very high rates of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI). This project aims to determine whether colonisation with specific genotypes of Staphylococcus aureus plays an important role in SSTI in NZ. The GUINZ cohort children had bacterial swabs taken 54 months of age....
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
SCONE
The current housing situation in parts of New Zealand has led to a shortage of affordable homes, impacting on many families...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
New Zealand experiences a large disease burden from respiratory tract infections. Hospitalisation at <2 years of age with pneumonia and bronchiolitis leads to persistence of respiratory symptoms 1 year later in at least one-third of children....
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
This research focuses on the ethnic identification of the children of Growing Up in New Zealand. Measuring ethnicity clearly and consistently is important in order to make sure that comparisons between groups and across time are clear....
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Family and Whanau
Year:
2017
Access Type:
External
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
There is very limited information available on sleep in New Zealand children. We don’t know the number of children meeting (not meeting) these guidelines as they develop across the pre-school years, and the social and demographic factors associated with children obtaining recommended sleep durations (or not)....
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
Breastfeeding prevents infectious diseases, particularly, acute respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Breastfeeding is also believed to prevent the development of allergic diseases and obesity and to enhance cognitive development. Currently we do not know what strategies would be most likely to increase the duration of breastfeeding in all NZ children...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
Secondary Classification:
Family and Whanau
NZ has a rapidly changing population, with childcare beliefs influenced by (among others) cultural factors, work and caregiver roles, shifting migration patterns and intercultural partnerships. This paper attempts to tease out some of these complexities and provide a snapshot of Asian families in New Zealand...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
There is a high burden of hospitalisations from infectious diseases in New Zealand. This project will build upon the work that has already been completed describing serious infection in the first year of life. The current study will quantify the burden of infectious disease hospitalisations up to five years of age in an ethnically diverse Growing Up in NZ cohort...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Culture and Identity
A strong ethnic identity can be protective for mental and physical health when individuals experience social disadvantage. Our goal is to understand how important ethnic identity is to the mothers and fathers in the Growing Up In New Zealand study....
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Year:
2017
Access Type:
External
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
The study will investigate adherence to the nutritional guidelines for New Zealand infants.
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Family and Whanau
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
The role of the father in promoting healthy child development is becoming increasingly highlighted among research psychologists. Both the presence and engagement of a father (or father-figure) with regard to child-rearing and play has been shown to influence the offspring’s behaviour, cognition and socioemotional outcomes...
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 a significant percentage of Asian fathers being migrants, 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:
Health and Wellbeing
Compared to other developed countries, New Zealand has one of the highest rates of serious skin infections; particularly among children. Childhood skin infection hospitalisation rates have doubled since 1990. The reasons for this and the mechanisms by which environmental exposures lead to increased rates of skin infection remain unknown...
Year:
2017
Access Type:
Internal
Primary Classification:
Education
Year:
2017
Access Type:
External
Primary Classification:
Health and Wellbeing
Secondary Classification:
Psych and Cog
The aims of this project is to examine the temporal trends in the duration and type of screen usage at 2 years, 45 months (3.75 years) and 54 months (4.5 years) in the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort....
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...