Social InEquality and its Effects on child Development: A study of birth cohorts in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands


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Project Details

SEED examines differences in early child development, specifically oral language skills and socio-emotional development. These manifest as social inequalities which, for many, persist through childhood and into work.

The project has two principal objectives:

  1. Identify the mechanisms through which changing social inequalities impact on children’s oral language and socio-emotional development;
  2. Identify the implications that these evolving social disparities have for patterns of performance at school age and beyond into adolescence and adulthood.
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Recent Publications

Parenting Behaviours and Early Child Development in Europe

James Law, Jutta von Maurice, Sabine Weinert, Helen Wareham, Wei Huang, Pauline Jansen, Nathalie Tamayo, Hans-Günther Roßbach |

The Pros and Cons of Combining Birth Cohort Data

James Law, Helen Wareham, Anna Volodina, Robert Rush |

The association of maternal education on children’s language skills and its link to social inequality, descriptive analysis from three European cohort studies

James Law, Sabine Weinert, Helen Wareham, Wei Huang, Lisanne Labuschagne, Manja Attig, Marie-Christine Franken, Pauline Jansen |

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Research Themes


Academic stakeholders: National and international academics in the fields of language acquisition, developmental psychology, demography, social policy, epidemiology and education studies. International academic researchers across areas of application of social statistics using non-linear models such as quantile regression and marginal structural models, and those responsible for designing birth cohort studies.

Policy makers civil society groups: and Policy makers, charitable organisations, parliamentarians, commissioners and

Clinical stakeholders: European practitioners with clinical specialisms in disorders of child development, such as paediatricians and speech and language therapists

General public: Parents and teachers in countries covered by the analyses.