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Project Title: An analysis of childhood depression, obesity and school performance among urban disadvantaged children. Ms Prakashini (Sonam) Banka, PhD Graduand and Professor Catherine Comiskey

Sonam Banka, BSc, PhD Graduand and currently Teaching Fellow at the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the Institute of Population Health, Trinity College Dublin.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990) outlines the human rights to which children are entitled. These include: the development of full physical and mental potential, the right to participation in family, cultural and social life. The National Children’s Strategy for Research and Data on Children’s Lives (2011-2016) was published and calls on all agencies work to improve the quality of children’s lives. Aims: The aim of this study was to measure and model longitudinal physical and mental health outcomes among urban disadvantaged children. The study design was cross sectional and built upon a previous longitudinal study evaluating a healthy schools programme at two years post first implementation. This study measured child outcomes at four years. The main objective of this research was to investigate the relationship between depression, obesity and school performance among these urban disadvantaged children.