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Growing up in Scotland: Parental service use and informal networks in the early years

DescriptionReports what services parents draw on and how patterns of service use vary between parents and over time; explanations for differences in service use; and the role of informal social support.
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Official Print Publication Date
Website Publication DateJune 06, 2011

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Judith Mabelis and Louise Marryat
Prepared for the Scottish Government: Children and Families Directorate by the Scottish Centre for Social Research
Suggested citation: Mabelis, J. and Marryat, L. (2011)
Growing Up in Scotland: Parental service use and informal networks in the early years, Edinburgh: Scottish Government

ISBN 978-1-78045-199-2 (Web only publication)
DPPAS11600

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1 INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background to the research
1.2 Research questions
1.3 The Growing Up in Scotland study
1.4 Technical appendix

2 WHAT SERVICES DO PARENTS USE IN THE EARLY YEARS AND WHO USES THEM?
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Key findings
2.3 What is service use?
2.4 Use of services during pregnancy and the first year
2.4.1 Volume of service use at 10 months
2.5 Service use during the fifth year
2.5.1 Volume of service use scale at year 5
2.6 Who are the low service users?
2.6.1 Who are the low service users at year 1?
2.6.2 Who are the low service users at year 5?
2.7 Changes in service use between year 1 and year 5
2.8 Repeated low service use

3 WHY ARE SOME MOTHERS DISENGAGED WITH FORMAL SERVICES?
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Key findings
3.3 Reasons for non-attendance at ante-natal classes and baby/toddler groups
3.3.1 Ante-natal classes
3.3.2 Mother and baby groups
3.3.3 Toddler groups
3.4 Reasons for using and not using childcare

4 ATTITUDES TOWARDS ENGAGING WITH FORMAL SUPPORT
4.1 Introduction
4.2 Key findings
4.3 Attitudes towards formal support at 10 months
4.4 Attitudes towards formal support at age 4
4.5 Changing attitudes towards formal support

5 WHAT IS THE ROLE OF INFORMAL SOCIAL SUPPORT AND HOW DOES IT RELATE TO PATTERNS OF SERVICE USE?
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Key findings
5.3 Informal support during the first five years
5.4 The relationship between formal and informal support
5.5 Low overall support

6 CONCLUSIONS
6.1 Summary of main findings
6.2 Implications for policy and practice

REFERENCES

APPENDIX 1: FURTHER DETAIL ON EXPLANATORY AND OUTCOME VARIABLES
Social background variables
Other variables