Growing Up around the world

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Growing Up in Australia has been such a massive success that it has inspired other "Growing Up" studies around the world.

Growing Up in New Zealand

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Launched in 2010, the kids in Growing Up in New Zealand have just completed Wave 4, where they were between 4 and 5 years old. In this wave, they completed the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) just like you did at their age - do you remember doing this test?

Growing Up in Scotland

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Growing Up in Scotland started in 2005, with 2 cohorts: a "Birth" cohort and a "Child" cohort. In 2015, Growing Up in Scotland celebrated its 10th birthday! The Birth cohort consists of 5,000 kids who will turn 11 this year. In the last wave of interviews, a Teacher interview was introduced for the first time. The Child cohort consisted of 3,000 kids who will turn 14 this year. There is now a second Birth cohort of children born in 2010/11 - these kids will be turning 4 or 5 this year.

Growing Up in Ireland

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Since 2008, there have been 3 waves of Growing Up in Ireland, interviewing 2 groups of children: a "Birth" cohort of 11,000 children who were less than 1 year old in wave 1, and a "Child" cohort of 8,500 children who were age 9 in wave 1. In the next wave of Growing Up in Ireland, the Child cohort will be 17 years old, just like some of you!

Aus v Ire

Here are some comparisons between you and the kids in the Child cohort of Growing Up in Ireland at 13 years old.

Smoking: Have you ever tried smoking?

  • Fewer Australian young people have tried smoking than Irish young people.


Drinking: Have you ever tried alcohol?

  • More Australian young people had tried alcohol in their lifetime, but fewer had drunk alcohol in the year they were interviewed, compared with Irish young people.


Parents: What is your relationship like with your mum/dad?

  • Australian and Irish young people have a similar view of their relationships with their parents. In both Australia and Ireland, most young people felt their parents respected their privacy.
  • Just over half the young people in both Australia and Ireland reported their parents gave them lots of freedom at age 12-13 years.
  • More young people in both Ireland and Australia spent time talking with their mum than they did with their dad.
  • The biggest differences between Australia and Ireland were that more Aussie young people reported their parents’  tell them that ideas were correct and shouldn’t be questioned, and fewer Australian young people felt their parents wanted to listen to their problems.

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