BCS70 Age 50 Sweep

Sweep details

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

The Age 50 Sweep 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 upon the extensive data collected from birth and across the lifetime of study 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.

Consultation timetable
Consultation stage Date
Online consultation opens 19 November 2018
Deadline for submissions 11 January 2019
Consultation on first draft April 2019

About the consultation

CLS is seeking input to help determine the content of the Age 50 Sweep of the 1970 British Cohort Study, scheduled to commence in 2020. We are asking anyone who is interested – including academics, policy makers and representatives of the third sector – to put forward their suggestions for content and questions by Friday 11 January 2019.

Your suggestions will help us produce a high quality survey that meets the needs of researchers across a range of disciplines and that has the potential to influence policy.

About the Age 50 Sweep

The Age 50 Sweep will involve a 75-minute face-to-face interview and a 16 page paper self-completion questionnaire which will cover the following three broad themes:

Health, wellbeing and cognition

This theme covers topics such as physical health, mental health, medical care, health behaviours (e.g. smoking, drinking, diet, exercise), and cognitive function.

Finances and employment

This theme covers topics such as work, income, wealth (savings and debts, pensions, and housing) retirement plans, and education.

Family, relationships and identity

This theme covers topics such as social networks, relationships with partners, parents, children, friends, neighbourhood, social capital, social, political and cultural participation, attitudes and values, and religion.

You may find it useful to read the summary of the content of the NCDS Age 50 Sweep. We envisage that much of the content will be included in the BCS70 Age 50 Sweep.

How to contribute

Please send us your suggestions for topics or questions by completing the online BCS70 Age 50 Consultation Survey.  The online survey allows you to submit up to 10 proposals.  Please describe each proposal on a separate page.

Start the BCS70 Age 50 Consultation Survey

Contact the consultation team

Matt Brown
BCS70 Survey Manager

Email: matt.brown@ucl.ac.uk

Contact us

Centre for Longitudinal Studies
UCL Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way
London WC1H 0AL

Email: clsfeedback@ucl.ac.uk