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Growing Up in Scotland: Family and School Influences on Children's Social and Emotional Well-being, 12/06/14 [S]

This document presents key findings from analysis of data from the Growing Up in Scotland Study that investigated family and school influences on children’s social and emotional well-being. It used data collected from mothers and children in the first birth cohort, interviewed in 2012/13 when the child was seven years old. Mothers were asked about the child’s behavioural and emotional problems, and children were asked about their life satisfaction.

Factors associated with low life satisfcation and high behavioural and emotional difficulties were: Greater conflict in the parent-child relationship; lower parental awareness of the child’s activities or relationships; child difficulties adjusting to the learning and social environment at primary school; and the child having poorer quality friendships.

Factors associated with low life satisfaction (but not high levels of behavioural and emotional problems): A recent death, illness or accident in the family; and less positive parenting.

Factors associated with high levels of behavioural and emotional problems (but not low life satisfaction): poor child and maternal health; low maternal education; family mental health/substance use problems; and low parent-child warmth.

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Growing Up in Scotland: Family and School Influences on Children's Social and Emotional Well-being