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Growing Up in Scotland: A Study Following the Lives of Scotland's Children

DescriptionThe first research report on Sweep 1 findings of the Growing Up in Scotland study
ISBN0 7559 5330 1
Official Print Publication DateJanuary 2007
Website Publication DateJanuary 19, 2007

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Growing Up in Scotland: Sweep 1 Overview Report
Simon Anderson*, Paul Bradshaw*, Sarah Cunningham-Burley^, Fenella Hayes*, Lynn Jamieson^, Andy MacGregor*, Louise Marryat* and Fran Wasoff^
*Scottish Centre for Social Research
^Centre for Research on Families and Relationships
ISBN 978 0 7559 5330 1
This document is also available in pdf format (1.5MB)
This is also accompanied by Research findings 1/2007, 2/2007, 3/2007, 4/2007

Contents

Executive Summary

1 Introduction
1.1 About Growing Up in Scotland
1.2 Why was the study commissioned?
1.3 How is the study carried out?
1.4 Next steps
1.5 A note on the interpretation and presentation of results

2 Characteristics and Circumstances of Children and their Families
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Age of mother at birth of cohort child
2.3 Immediate and extended family
2.3.1 Family type
2.3.2 Birth order and number of children in household
2.3.3 Non-resident parents
2.3.4 Grandparents
2.4 Household employment and income
2.4.1 Employment status of mothers
2.4.2 Employment status of households
2.5 Socio-economic classification ( NS-SEC)
2.6 Ethnicity and religion
2.6.1 Ethnic group
2.6.2 White and non-white children
2.6.3 Languages spoken at home
2.6.4 Religion
2.7 Area urban/rural classification
2.8 Accommodation and transport
2.8.1 Tenure
2.8.2 Type of accommodation
2.8.3 Gardens and playparks
2.8.4 Car status
2.9 Key points
2.10 Conclusion

3 Pregnancy and Birth
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Whether the pregnancy was planned
3.3 How parents felt about the pregnancy
3.4 Maternal health during pregnancy
3.5 Attendance at antenatal classes
3.5.1 Attendance rates
3.5.2 Reasons for non-attendance
3.5.3 Perceptions of usefulness
3.6 Other sources of help and information during the pregnancy
3.7 Gestation and birth weight
3.8 Type of delivery
3.9 Key points
3.10 Conclusion

4 Parenting Young Children
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Maternity leave
4.3 The first three months
4.3.1 Coping as a couple in the first six weeks
4.3.2 Child-related problems in the first three months
4.3.3 Other problems in the first three months
4.4 The current situation
4.4.1 Sleeping
4.4.2 Child-related problems at the time of interview
4.4.3 Other problems at the time of interview
4.5 Breastfeeding
4.5.1 Intended and actual breastfeeding
4.5.2 Information and support about breastfeeding
4.5.3 Weaning and solids
4.6 Parent-child attachment
4.7 Key points
4.8 Conclusion

5 Parental Support
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Grandparents
5.2.1 Contact with grandparents
5.2.2 Support received from grandparents
5.3 Wider sources of informal support
5.3.1 Leaving the child with someone for a couple of hours during the day
5.3.2 Leaving the child with someone for a whole day
5.3.3 Leaving the child with someone overnight
5.3.4 Main source of informal support/short-notice childcare
5.4 Involvement of non-resident parents
5.4.1 Types of contact with non-resident parents
5.4.2 Non-resident parent's financial contribution to the cohort child's maintenance
5.4.3 Respondent's relationship with non-resident parent
5.5 Knowledge of key government supported initiatives aimed at parents and families
5.5.1 Working Families' Tax Credit
5.5.2 Child Trust Fund
5.5.3 SureStart Scotland
5.5.4 ParentLine Scotland
5.5.5 Childcare Link website and phone line
5.5.6 NHS 24
5.5.7 The Children's Traffic Club
5.6 Attendance at groups and classes for parents and children
5.6.1 Parent and baby/toddler groups
5.6.2 Parenting classes
5.7 Key points
5.8 Conclusion

6 Child Health and Development
6.1 Introduction
6.2 General health of children
6.2.1 Parents' perceptions of health of children
6.2.2 Health problems or disabilities
6.3 Health problems requiring NHS contact
6.3.1 Number and type of health problems
6.4 Accidents and injuries requiring NHS contact
6.4.1 Type of accident or injury and consequence
6.5 Hospital inpatient admissions
6.6 Sources of help, information and advice on child's health and behaviour
6.6.1 Sources of help, information and advice about the child's health
6.6.2 Sources of help, information and advice about the child's behaviour
6.7 Child development
6.7.1 Concerns about child's development and behaviour
6.7.2 Child weight
6.7.3 Developmental milestones of babies
6.7.4 Developmental milestones of toddlers
6.7.5 Speech and language development
6.8 Key points
6.9 Conclusion

7 Parenting Styles and Parenting Responsibilities
7.1 Introduction
7.2 Attitudes towards parenting
7.3 Activities with the child
7.3.1 Family activities
7.3.2 Educational activities
7.4 Television and other audio or visual media
7.5 Household division of labour
7.5.1 Child-related responsibilities
7.5.2 Household responsibilities
7.6 Key points
7.7 Conclusion

8 Childcare
8.1 Introduction
8.2 Use of childcare
8.2.1 Sample type and family characteristics
8.2.2 Household employment
8.2.3 Household income and NS-SEC
8.2.4 Area urban/rural classification and neighbourhood deprivation
8.3 Types of childcare used
8.3.1 Number of different providers/arrangements
8.3.2 Formal versus informal provision
8.3.3 Detailed childcare type
8.3.4 Main provider
8.4 Number of hours and days per week of childcare
8.5 Age that child was first placed in a regular childcare arrangement
8.6 Reasons for using childcare
8.7 Cost of childcare
8.7.1 Average weekly cost
8.7.2 Coping with childcare costs
8.8 Degree of choice and childcare preferences
8.8.1 Degree of choice
8.8.2 Childcare preferences
8.9 The childcare and employment balance
8.9.1 Attitudes towards employment and childcare
8.9.2 Employers' family-friendly policies
8.9.3 Time spent with child(ren)
8.10 Reasons for not using childcare
8.11 Key points
8.12 Conclusion

9 Parental Health
9.1 Introduction
9.2 Physical health
9.2.1 General health
9.2.2 Long-standing illness
9.2.3 Long-standing illness and general health
9.3 Health-related quality of life
9.3.1 Introduction
9.3.2 Medical Outcomes Study Short Form ( SF-12) scores
9.4 Smoking
9.4.1 Current smoking behaviour
9.4.2 Smoking whilst pregnant
9.5 Consumption of alcohol
9.5.1 Current alcohol consumption
9.5.2 Consumption of alcohol whilst pregnant
9.6 Illicit drug use
9.6.1 Ever used drugs
9.6.2 Drug use in the last year
9.6.3 Drug dependency and treatment
9.7 Key points
9.8 Conclusion

10 Conclusion

11 References

12 Appendix A: Technical Notes
12.1 Sampling
12.1.1 Sample design
12.1.2 Response rates
12.2 Data collection
12.2.1 Mode of data collection
12.2.2 Length of interview
12.2.3 Timing of fieldwork
12.3 Analysis
12.3.1 Weighting
12.3.2 Estimating the precision of estimates
12.3.3 Presentation of results
12.3.4 National Statistics Socio-Economic Classification ( NS-SEC)
12.3.5 Scottish Executive Urban Rural Classification
12.3.6 Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation ( SIMD)