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Growing up in Scotland 2013

19 February 2013 | Tags: Growing up in Scotland, children and young people, health and wellbeing

ScotCen Social Research's latest 'Growing up in Scotland' report was published today by the Scottish Government.

The study tracks several cohorts of Scottish children throughout their childhood, exploring a range of factors affecting the health of Scotland's young people. This particular report focuses on the lives of approximately 6000 children aged 10 months old, born between March 2010 and February 2011.

Lead author of the Growing up in Scotland report, Paul Bradshaw, Senior Research Director, ScotCen Social Research says:
"There is clear evidence in this report that parents are listening to healthcare advice coming from the Scottish Government. Mothers are increasingly likely to completely cut out alcohol during pregnancy and to follow guidelines on the introduction of solid food to young children. There are also signs that employers are more open to family friendly policies, such as flexible working.
While progress has been made in some areas, in others there is still some way to go. The findings suggest that there has been little change in breastfeeding rates.  There also remain significant inequalities in health behaviours and access to information in relation to pregnancy and birth, and in child health outcomes such as birth weight and general health at 10 months."
For further details, including copies of the full report, or to speak with Paul Bradshaw contact Leigh Marshall: leigh.marshall@natcen.ac.uk 0207 549 8506 or 0782 803 1850.