BCS70 Age 50 Sweep

Sweep details

Sweep status In development
Dates Scheduled to commence in 2020
Age 50
Respondents Cohort members
Survey mode Face to face

The Age 50 Sweep will begin in 2020 and provides the opportunity to collect a range of information from cohort members to aid the understanding of mid-life outcomes across multiple life domains and their lifetime determinants.

This data collection will build on the extensive data collected from birth and across the lifetime of cohort members and will facilitate comparisons with other generations, particularly the 1958 cohort at 50, and the 1946 cohort at 53, allowing for the study of social change.

The data will be of interest to researchers working in a wide range of disciplines, including population health and epidemiology, economics, sociology, demography, psychology and others. It has the potential to inform a wide range of policies, including relating to work, health, relationships, and civic participation.

It will include:

  • 75 minute face-to-face interview with cognitive assessments
  • Paper self-completion questionnaire
  • Online diet questionnaire

The interview and paper self-completion questionnaire will cover the following three broad themes:

Family, relationships and identity: including topics such as social networks, relationships with partners, parents, children, friends, neighbourhood, social and cultural capital, social and political participation, attitudes and values, religion, and expectations.

Finances and employment: including topics such as work, income, wealth (savings and debts, pensions, and housing), inheritance (receiving and giving) and other transfers, and education.

Health, wellbeing and cognition: including topics such as physical health, mental health, medical care, medication, smoking, drinking, diet, exercise, and cognitive function.

The Age 50 Sweep will be funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.  

Sweep development timetable
Development stage Date
Scientific consultation and development of draft questionnaires November 2018 to June 2019
Piloting and development Commencing July 2019
Start of main stage survey Spring/summer 2020
Sweep consultation

Following an initial consultation between November 2018 and January 2019 the BCS70 team developed a first draft of the questionnaire. A consultation on this first draft was conducted in May-June 2019. Many thanks to all those who contributed to the consultation. Final amendments will now be made to the questionnaire before the first pilot, which will take place later this year.

Contact the team

Sierra Mesplie-Cowan
BCS70 Survey Manager

Email: s.mesplie-cowan@ucl.ac.uk

Contact us

Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

Email: clsfeedback@ucl.ac.uk