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Measures of psychological distress stand the test of time, researchers find

28 January 2020

The nine-item Malaise Inventory used in British cohort studies has been found to provide accurate and consistent measures of psychological distress both within and between generations, suggesting that participants’ understanding of mental health questions does not change over time.

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LGB teens at greater risk of poor mental health, new study finds

19 November 2019

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adolescents are five times more likely to be depressed, and almost six times more likely to have self-harmed in the past year, compared to their heterosexual peers.

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New harmonised data on childhood circumstances now available to researchers

30 October 2019

Harmonised data from the 1946, 1958 and 1970 British birth cohorts on childhood environment and experiences are now available to the global research community via the UK Data Service.

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Heavy social media users tend to be poor sleepers, new research shows

25 October 2019

Adolescents who use social media for at least five hours a day are more likely than their peers to go to sleep late and have trouble waking during the school week.

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CLS associate professor receives prize for exceptional research

24 October 2019

CLS associate professor Gabriella Conti has been named one of the winners of the 2019 Philip Leverhulme Prizes. The Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.

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Help shape the Age 31 Sweep of Next Steps

16 October 2019

CLS is seeking input on the scientific content of the Age 31 Sweep of Next Steps, a longitudinal cohort study following 16,000 people born in England in 1989-1990.

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Research round-up – July to September 2019

10 October 2019

Are boys more sensitive to the state of the local job market when choosing their GCSE subjects? And why are migrant and ethnic minority mothers at increased risk of mental ill health? Researchers have been using CLS study data to tackle these and other key questions.

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Data from the first adult biomedical sweep of the 1970 British Cohort Study now available

2 October 2019

New data from the Age 46 Sweep of the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) are now available for researchers to download from the UK Data Service.

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Smoking in pregnancy not directly linked to children’s later smoking habits, researchers find

25 September 2019

Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are not born predisposed to smoking through absorbing nicotine in the womb, a study has found.

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Happy children tend to become happy adults, research finds

20 September 2019

Among the Baby Boomers and Generation X, people who had higher levels of emotional wellbeing during childhood and adolescence were more likely to report being satisfied with life when they reached adulthood.

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Millennium Cohort Study informs report showing children’s happiness at its lowest in a decade

30 August 2019

Millennium Cohort Study findings have provided evidence for The Children’s Society’s eighth annual Good Childhood Report, which examines the state of children’s wellbeing across the UK.

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Children with autism more likely to be bullied at home and at school, new study finds

12 August 2019

Children with autism are at greater risk of being bullied by both their siblings and their peers, compared to those without autism.

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