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Parliamentary Paper

Health Committee. Children and young people's mental health - role of education inquiry. Written evidence from the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex (CMH0111)


Publication date

Jan 2017


Researchers at ISER specialise in the production and analysis of large-scale longitudinal data. We are submitting evidence from our recent studies for the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-Social Change, looking at factors affecting children’s wellbeing and life satisfaction. Understanding the causes of poor wellbeing amongst children and its consequences for young people’s development, education and adult outcomes depends on high quality longitudinal data if the government and its partners are to focus effort on what matters in improving children’s wellbeing. Our work here uses data collected by Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, a number of government departments and the devolved governments of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Psychology, Young People, Well Being, and Health



References: Booker, C.L., Skew, A. J., Kelly, Y. J., and Sacker, A. (2015) ‘Media use, sports participation, and well-being in adolescence: cross-sectional findings from the UK Household Longitudinal Study’, American Journal of Public Health, 105(1):173-179. ; Booker, C.L., Skew, A.J., Sacker, A., and Kelly, Y.J. (2014) ‘Well-being in adolescence - an association with health-related behaviors: findings from Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study’, Journal of Early Adolescence, 34(4):518-538. ; Knies, G. (2012) Life satisfaction and material well-being of children in the UK, ISER Working Paper Series, No. 2012-15. Colchester: University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research. ; De Agostini, P., Hills, J., and Sutherland, H. (2014) ‘Were we really all in it together? The distributional effects of the UK Coalition government's tax-benefit policy changes’, Social Policy in a Cold Climate Working Papers, No. 10. London: London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion .


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