Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy

An examination on the impact of family socio-economic status on outcomes in late childhood and adolescence


Principal Investiagtor: Paul Gregg

Funder: ESRC

Duration: April 2007 - March 2012


Project rationale and aims

This project sought to bring together a team derived from medical, psychiatric and social science backgrounds to explore the wealth of medical, behavioural, educational and socio-economic data being generated for a birth cohort of school age children.

Our primary focus is the behaviours and outcomes of individuals in late childhood and adolescence, including their physical and mental health, risky behaviours and school performance.

The project was designed to be inherently multi-disciplinary in its team membership and to promote cross-disciplinary working.

Our aims were:

  • To chart the relationship of these outcomes alongside the socio-economic status of the family of origin of a large population based sample of young people currently living in the UK
  • To understand the complementarities between different aspects of children’s and adolescent’s lives at one point of time and across time, examining lives from birth to adolescence
  • To examine the antecedence of these outcomes in earlier children outcome measures and study the pathways by which socio-economic status of parents affects outcomes for their children
  • To undertake methodological innovation in the analysis of large scale survey data

The research will primarily focus on analysis of the ALSPAC (Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children) data, which is a rich set of data that has been collected from children (and their parents) at high frequencies.

Find out more about this project

Name: Prof Paul Gregg
Title: Professor
Department: Dept of Social and Policy Sciences
Location: 3 East 3.36
E-mail: p.gregg@bath.ac.uk
Phone: work+44 (0) 1225 384055