Ethnicity, Identity and Child Development


Research Team

Emily McDool
Gurleen Popli
Anita Ratcliffe


From an early age, children interact with other children and adults within and outside of the family environment, and the outcomes of these interactions may shape child development and wellbeing. In addition, the interactions of parents with wider society may also play a role in shaping child outcomes especially if these interactions influence the parenting received by the child. To date, there is very little evidence on the extent to which child and parental interactions with wider society matter for child development and wellbeing. We will address this issue by looking specifically at parental identity, and how it may impact on children’s outcomes.