Families and relationships in four British cohort studies: measurement, research and access

1 Oct 2024

This webinar highlights some examples of research on families and relationships using CLS’ unique series of UK national cohort studies.


Date and time: Tuesday 1 October 2024, 1–2pm

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About the event

This webinar highlights some examples of research on families and relationships using the British cohort studies.

It will illustrate a wide range of measures that relate to the characteristics of an individual’s family of origin and own family formation behaviours (household composition, fertility, partnerships, living arrangements, etc.).

We showcase the value of taking a life course approach and look at changes in family dynamics over time and across cohorts, and highlight how it can be effectively combined with other research areas including health and ageing.


  • Alice Goisis is Associate Professor of Demography and Research Director and co-leads the Family theme at CLS. Her research interests span a number of substantive areas in social demography and epidemiology with a particular focus on whether and if so how, family processes are associated with children and adult outcomes. Using the British Cohort Studies, her work has examined the association between advanced maternal age and child well-being, with a particular focus on whether and how it varies across different groups of the population and across cohorts. 
  • Alina Pelikh is a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Research Director and co-leads the Family theme at CLS. Alina is a quantitative social demographer with expertise of handling large datasets, including population registers and longitudinal survey data. Her research interests include a range of topics across family demography, reproductive epidemiology, and social policy. 
  • Vanessa Moulton has a PhD in psychology and her work focuses on mental health, cognition and social inequalities throughout the life course. Her work mainly uses secondary data analysis of large-scale longitudinal data sets, with a particular focus on the British cohort studies. She has published on areas including cognitive ability and skills, children’s aspirations, mental health in childhood and across the life course, wealth, social mobility and mental health inequalities.  

Draft timings

1-1:20pm Introduction to the cohorts, family & relationship measures and access
1:20-1.45pm Research opportunities
1.45-2pm Q & A

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