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Growing Up in Scotland (GUS): Parenting and the Neighbourhood Context Report, 18/03/09 [S]

The Growing Up in Scotland study (GUS) is a longitudinal research project aimed at tracking the lives of a cohort of Scottish children from the early years, through childhood and beyond. The report uses data from GUS to explore familiesí experiences of living in Scotlandís neighbourhoods, to examine parents' views on different aspects of their local area and to consider the relationship between area characteristics and parenting behaviours.

Among the key findings were:

  • Eighty-one percent of parents are very or fairly satisfied with the area where they live.
  • Satisfaction levels varied according to area characteristics being higher amongst those parents living in areas of lower deprivation and those in rural areas, and lower amongst those living in areas of high deprivation and in urban locales.
  • Three-quarters of parents in both cohorts had a satisfactory friendship network with a similar proportion having a satisfactory family network. A little over half (57%) had both satisfactory networks and only 10% in the birth cohort and 8% in the child cohort had neither.
  • Overall, most parents said their local area was moderately or very child-friendly. Only 20% of parents in the birth cohort perceived their neighbourhood to have low child-friendliness.
For full details see Growing Up in Scotland (GUS): Parenting and the Neighbourhood Context Report which is available from the Scottish Government website.

Further Information


Growing Up in Scotland (GUS): Parenting and the Neighbourhood Context Report
Growing Up in Scotland (GUS): Parenting and the Neighbourhood Context Summary