It was the decade of big hair, fluorescent socks, electropop, BMX bikes and the ZX Spectrum. We surveyed cohort members twice during the 1980s, at ages 10 and 16. Over the course of the next seven stories, we share more about the data collected during this period and the insights we’ve gained from them.
So that’s it, we’ve reached the end of our look back at BCS70 through the eighties – the decade of curly perms and synthpop, Thatcher and JR Ewing.
Over the year we’ll be speaking to our cohort members about their lives and what the study means to them. This week we speak to Claire.
Cohort members who had often read for pleasure made more progress in English, but also in maths, between the ages of 10 and 16, compared to those who had rarely read.
During the Age 16 Sweep study members were given a 4-day dietary diary to complete.
Over the year we’ll be speaking to our cohort members about their lives and what the study means to them. This week we speak to James.
Research using BCS70 data has shown that children from poorer families can overcome early life disadvantage and escape poverty in adulthood.