Our cohort members entered their 40s as Britain stood on the precipice of a long period of austerity. A month after they celebrated the big 4–0, the coalition government took office and brought in measures aimed at improving the country’s financial position. The BCS70 data collected over this decade have already led to many discoveries about health, education and parenting, and in the future will also help us understand the impact of Austerity Britain on people’s lives.
The 1970 British Cohort Study Age 46 Sweep had a significant biomedical focus, with objective health measurements and assessments being conducted for the first time in the cohort members’ adulthood.
The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) has been an important source of evidence on midlife mental health.