Age 30 Sweep – Cross-cohort comparisons

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12 November 2020

Continuing our journey through 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study, this week we focus on the Age 30 Sweep, which was conducted in tandem with the Age 42 Sweep of the 1958 National Child Development Study. Over 90% of the questions asked were common to both surveys, which enabled closer cross-cohort comparisons of the two generations.

As BCS70 reached the new millennium, over 11,000 study members took part in this survey, covering: relationships, births and pregnancies, lone parenthood, children, family life, housing, employment, income, qualifications and training, computer use, basic skills, physical and mental health, diet and exercise, alcohol consumption, smoking, illegal drug use, height and weight, social participation, voting, attitudes, contact with the police.

Find out more about the Age 30 Sweep.

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