Introduction to the 1958 National Child Development Study

25 Jan 2023

This webinar gives first-time users and researchers less familiar with the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) an insight into this invaluable longitudinal cohort study. This session describes the study aims, content and design as well as offering a helpful look at some of the types of research that can be undertaken using the study. This session includes a Q&A with a NCDS expert panel.

Event details


This webinar took place on Wednesday 25 January 2023.

About the event

This webinar is aimed at new users of the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS), in particular, but not exclusively, researchers who are interested in ageing; physical and mental health; families and relationships; education and cognition; labour markets and social mobility from early life to late midlife. It aims to guide you through the process of accessing and making effective use of the data for your own research projects.

The NCDS follows the lives of over 17,000 people born across England, Scotland, and Wales in a single week of 1958. Survey data are currently available from birth to age 55 years, along with linked administrative health and geographical data, combined with biomedical, genetic, COVID-19 and other innovative data.

The data include multiple measures of the cohort members’ physical, socio-emotional, cognitive and behavioural development over time, as well as detailed information on their daily life, attitudes and experiences. Alongside this, rich information on employment, economic circumstances, parenting, relationships and family life is available.

Webinar aims

  • Communicate the aims and purpose of the 1958 National Child Development Study
  • Discuss the sample, study design and dealing with attrition
  • Highlight the types of data available
  • Summarise the data enhancements including genetic data and linked administrative data opportunities
  • Showcase some examples of research using the data
  • Demonstrate how to access the data and more information about the study

Webinar presenters

  • Vanessa Moulton, Senior Research Associate, Centre for Longitudinal Studies
  • Morag Henderson, Associate Professor in Sociology, Centre for Longitudinal Studies

And a panel of NCDS experts:

  • George B Ploubidis, PI of 1958 National Child Development Study
  • Matt Brown, Senior Survey Manager
  • Carole Sanchez, NCDS Survey Manager
  • Brian Dodgeon, Research Fellow

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