Age 9 Follow-up Study


The children of families who participated in the Preparing for Life programme between 2008 and 2016 are now aged between 7 and 11 years of age. This study will test the impact of receiving the PFL programme between the ages of 0 and 5 on children’s outcomes later in childhood (~age 9). Thus allowing us to monitor the continuity or dissolution of treatment effects as the children progress through school.

The study involves three core components:

Parent Component

  • Online/phone interview
  • Socioemotional development, child health & wellbeing, parenting, internet usage
  • 20-30 minutes

Child Component

  • part i
    • Height & Weight
    • At recruitment with parent present (unless parents choose otherwise)
  • part ii
    • Direct Assessment
    • Cognitive ability, cardio respiratory fitness, executive functions
    • Approximately 60 minutes
    • In school (unless parents choose otherwise)

School Component

  • Administrative records
  • Standardised test scores, attendance, resource support
  • Obtained from child’s school with parent’s permission