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Growing up in Scotland (GUS)

About the cohort

PI: Paul Bradshaw

Start date: 2005

Age at recruitment: 10-34 months                         

Sample size at recruitment: 14,202

Estimated current sample size: 12, 237

Growing Up in Scotland is a large-scale longitudinal research project aimed at tracking the lives of several cohorts of Scottish children from the early years, through childhood and beyond. Over 14,000 children were recruited between 2005 and 2011.

Underpinned by a wide-ranging purpose, the principal aim of the study is to provide information to support policy-making in Scotland, but it is also intended to be a broader resource that can be drawn on by academics, voluntary sector organisations and other interested parties.

The purpose of the study is to generate, through robust methods, specifically Scottish data about outcomes throughout childhood and into adulthood for children growing up in Scotland across a range of key domains:

  • Cognitive, social, emotional and behavioural development
  • Physical and mental health and wellbeing
  • Childcare, education and employment
  • Home, family, community and social networks
  • Involvement in offending and risky behaviour

Such data encompasses, in particular, topics where Scottish evidence is lacking and policy areas where Scotland differs from the rest of the UK.

GUS is a holistic study, concerned with all aspects of the child’s life, including health, development, family circumstances, neighbourhood, education, friends and leisure activities.


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Page last updated: 29 Apr 2015


  • Gender: Male, Female
  • Sample size: 10,000-19,999
  • Age: 0 to 9
  • Anthropometric: Height, Weight
  • Psychological: Mental health, Cognitive function
  • Lifestyle: Smoking, Physical activity, Dietary habits, Alcohol
  • Socio-economic: Occupation, Finances, Family circumstances, Housing, Education, Ethnic group, Marital status, Social support