The webinar will present the Growing up in Hungary – Cohort ’18 birth cohort study, a longitudinal research programme of the Hungarian Demographic Research Institute, launched in 2018 on a representative sample of 10% of pregnant women in Hungary. Since then, four waves of interview-based research have been conducted, during pregnancy and at 6 months, 18 months and 3 years of age after birth. The face-to-face interview research was complemented by two telephone surveys with fathers and on maternal employment. The presentation, in addition to the overall introduction of the research, focuses on the concept and measurement of early child development in the context of the birth cohort study. Growing Up in Hungary – Cohort ‘18 is inherently interdisciplinary, aiming to answer research questions related to child development in the various fields. To achieve this, standard age-specific and domain-specific indicators were used to measure the biological, cognitive and socio-emotional development of the child, in line with the ecological model of child development. To explore this contextually, a number of environmental factors were dinamically measured following a life course approach. This presentation aims to present and discuss the cornerstones of this study and the applied measurements with researchers in the field.
Zsuzsanna Veroszta, Senior Research Fellow, Deputy Director in Hungarian Demographic Research Institute, Head of the Cohort’18 – Growing Up In Hungary Study and Krisztina Kopcsó, Research Fellow in Hungarian Demographic Research Institute, Researcher of the Cohort’18 – Growing Up In Hungary Study