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Body dissatisfaction linked with depression risk in children

15 February 2024

Body dissatisfaction at age 11 is linked to increased risk of depression by age 14, according to new research from the Millennium Cohort Study.

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Today’s parents still prioritise playtime, despite added pressures

30 November 2023

Four in five primary caregivers of nine-month-old babies reported cuddling, talking and playing with their little one several times a day, in the first national long-term study of babies in over two decades, led by UCL.

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New data release: COSMO Wave 2

21 November 2023

Data from Wave 2 of the COVID Social Mobility and Opportunities (COSMO) study is now available to researchers interested in exploring how COVID-19 and the cost-of-living crisis has affected the lives of 17-18-year-olds across England.

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39% of young people in the most deprived areas struggling to get mental health support

9 November 2023

Nearly two fifths of 17-18 year olds from the most disadvantaged areas have struggled to receive the mental health support they need in the past year.

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In memory of Kate Smith (1965 to 2023)

21 September 2023

Kate Smith, CLS Survey Manager, sadly passed away unexpectedly on 2 September 2023. Kate was the Centre’s longest serving member of staff and devoted her highly successful career to the development of longitudinal cohort studies, and in particular to the Millennium Cohort Study.

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Being an only child doesn’t affect children’s development

15 September 2023

Being an only child doesn’t affect your development – family background matters more.

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In memory of John Bynner (1938 – 2023)

1 September 2023

A tribute to the founding director of the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies and professor of education who sadly passed away on 22 August 2023.

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Class of 2023 more likely to be ‘stay-at-home students’

10 August 2023

Up to 34% of A-level students are considering living at home if they get into their preferred university next week, according to new UCL and Sutton Trust research, using data from the COVID Social Mobility & Opportunities (COSMO) study.

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Men’s overconfidence helps them reach top jobs

24 April 2023

Men are 34% more likely than women to be employed in top jobs at age 42 with overconfidence explaining up to 11% of the gender gap, on average, for full-time workers.

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Privately-educated are twice as likely to be consistent Conservative voters, says research

24 April 2023

People educated at private schools are twice as likely to be consistent Conservative voters and 50% more likely to hold right-wing opinions than those who had a state education, a new UCL study has found.

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Pandemic may have triggered second ‘midlife crisis’ in mental health for over-50s, study finds

19 April 2023

British adults aged 50 and above experienced their highest-ever levels of mental ill health during the COVID-19 pandemic, even surpassing the well-known peak in midlife, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.

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Poorest children have worse health and educational outcomes in adolescence

24 March 2023

Generation Z children born into the poorest fifth of families in the UK are 12 times more likely to experience a raft of poor health and educational outcomes by the age of 17 compared to more affluent peers, finds a new report led by UCL researchers.

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