BCS70 Age 10 Sweep

Sweep details

Dates 1980 – 1981
Age 10-11
Achieved sample 14,875 (cohort members)
Respondents Cohort members, parents, teachers, headteachers, medical examinations
Survey mode Face to face
Data access

Main dataset available via the UK Data Service [SN 3723]. Visit the UK Data Service website to access the data.

Description

The Age 10 Sweep aimed to examine mid-childhood health, care, education, social and family circumstances.

Health visitors went to the homes of cohort members and conducted interviews with parents (mothers in most cases), who were also asked to complete a paper questionnaire. Parents were asked about family composition, housing, employment, income, cohort member’s health and family health, child behaviour, leisure activities and child care arrangements.

Cohort members completed a questionnaire that asked about school, smoking and diet.

A range of assessments were completed by cohort members: Shortened Edinburgh Reading Test, Friendly Maths Test, Spelling Dictation Task, Pictorial Language Comprehension Test, BAS Verbal Ability, BAS Non-Verbal Ability.

A medical assessment took place with cohort members which involved measurements of height, weight, head circumference, blood pressure, pulse, vision, hearing and co-ordination.

Questionnaires were also completed by class teachers and head teachers. Head teachers provided information about the characteristics of the schools attended, and the class teacher questionnaire focused on ability, behaviour and attendance.

A ‘Special Educational Pack’ was prepared, which included a set of alternative assessments for those who would have been unlikely to be able to complete the standard assessments. This pack was completed by 456 cases and the data is available via the UK Data Service [SN 7064].

Special features at age 10

Objective health measures

A brief medical assessment took place at age 5, but a much more comprehensive examination was given at age 10.

The assessment at the Age 5 Sweep involved the measurement of height and head circumference, but the Age 10 Sweep included measures of height, weight, head circumference, blood pressure, pulse, vision, hearing and co-ordination. Most of these measures were then repeated at age 16 and several are now being repeated in the Age 46 Sweep. This will allow researchers to study trajectories of health from childhood into adulthood and how these are affected by other circumstances and behaviours throughout life.

Documentation

  • User guides
  • Questionnaires
  • Technical reports
  • Data notes
  • Additional
User guides

BCS70 Age 10 Guide to the Data (Part 1)

Part 1 of 2. Guide to the ten year follow-up for BCS70

Date published: 01/05/1980
PDF: 7,25 MB

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BCS70 Age 10 Guide to the Data (Part 2)

Part 2 of 2. Guide to the 10 year follow up for BCS70

Date published: 01/05/1980
PDF: 5,82 MB

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BCS70 Age 10 Audiogram data User Guide

This document provides a brief guide to the Audiogram data obtained for 14,903 subjects of the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) during the 10-year follow-up in 1980

Date published: 01/03/2014
PDF: 577,63 KB

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Questionnaires

BCS70 Age 10: Friendly maths test – annotated

Date published: 01/01/1980
PDF: 884,24 KB

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BCS70 Age 10: British ability scales- annotated

Date published: 01/01/1980
PDF: 630,76 KB

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BCS70 Age 10 Pupil Question Form

Self-Completion form for Cohort members at age 10 sweep of BCS70

Date published: 01/05/1980
PDF: 215,72 KB

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BCS70 Age 10 Parental Interview

Parental Interview for the age 10 sweep of BCS70

Date published: 01/05/1980
PDF: 941,98 KB

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BCS Age 10 Medical Examination Form

Form for Child medical exam at Age 10 for BCS70

Date published: 01/05/1980
PDF: 1 MB

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BCS Age 10 Maternal Self-Completion Form

Maternal Self-Completion form for BCS70 Age 10 sweep

Date published: 01/05/1980
PDF: 516,82 KB

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BCS70 Age 10 Instruction Booklet for Educational Tests

Instructions for the BCS70 age 10 Educational tests

Date published: 01/05/1980
PDF: 477,03 KB

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BCS70 Age 10 Educational (Teacher’s) Questionnaire

Educational Questionnaire for the teacher of the cohort member to complete

Date published: 01/05/1980
PDF: 966,36 KB

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BCS70 Age 10 Educational Score Form

Educational score form for cohort members to fill in at age 10

Date published: 01/05/1980
PDF: 454,32 KB

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BCS70 Age 10 Educational Tests

Various numeracy, logic and literacy tests for the Age 10 sweep of BCS70

Date published: 01/05/1980
PDF: 2,55 MB

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BCS70 Age 10 Reading Test

Shortened Version of the Edinburgh Reading Test used at Age 10 sweep of BCS70

Date published: 01/05/1980
PDF: 706,56 KB

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Technical reports

No material of this type is available.

Data notes

BCS70 Review of Research on Health Behaviours

Review of research using information from the childhood waves of BCS70 (birth to 16 years) as either health outcomes or as predictors of later health outcomes.

Date published: 01/10/2013
PDF: 1,07 MB

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BCS70 Childhood Cognition

An overview of cognitive tests cohort members took at ages 5, 10 and 16

Date published: 01/11/2014
PDF: 2,34 MB

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Additional

Deriving highest qualification in NCDS and BCS70

This Data Note explains the derivation of variables on Highest Educational Qualification obtained by cohort members in the National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70).

Date published: 01/01/2011
PDF: 514,11 KB

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BCS70 Age 10, 16 Psychological Scales

Details on the ‘What about Work?’ and CARALOC (Locus of Control) Scales administered to the cohort at ages 10 and 16

Date published: 01/05/2010
PDF: 467,03 KB

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BCS70 Revised Region Variables (Third Edition)

This User Guide accompanies the deposits at the UK Data Archive of derived variables for each sweep of BCS70. These derived variable datasets are found under the study number for each of the sweeps and include variables for country of interview, region and government office regions.

Date published: 01/02/2014
PDF: 307,78 KB

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BCS70 Age 10 Derived Variables

This User Guide describes the dataset of derived variables for the 1980 sweep of the 1970 British Cohort Study

Date published: 01/02/2013
PDF: 267,2 KB

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BCS70 1970-2008 Ethical Review and Consent

Review of Ethical procedures used for each Sweep of BCS up to Age 38

Date published: 01/11/2012
PDF: 459,64 KB

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