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Multiple household debts harmful for poorer children’s mental health, study finds

10 October 2016

Children in low-income families have poorer mental health if their parents are juggling several creditors, according to research based on the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Children of depressed mothers more likely to be obese in early middle age, study reveals

28 September 2016

Forty-two-year-olds whose mothers often felt depressed while they were growing up are at greater risk of obesity than their peers, according to findings from the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70).

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Money doesn’t buy happiness for the UK’s millennium generation, study finds

11 August 2016

Children’s wellbeing is not related to their families’ household incomes – but their perceptions of how much they have relative to their friends can have an unexpected effect. A new study from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the UCL Institute of Education found that 11-year-olds who saw themselves as richer than their peers were […]

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Children from poorer backgrounds more likely to have mental health problems

13 November 2015

Children whose parents are from poorer backgrounds are more likely to have diagnosable mental health problems, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education and Centre for Mental Health.

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Bullying does not stop in the playground for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people, study finds

9 November 2015

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people are more likely than their heterosexual classmates to be bullied throughout secondary school and into adulthood, according to new research.

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Can racism towards a mum harm her children?

26 August 2015

Racism can have such a negative impact on ethnic minority mothers that the mental trauma can affect their child’s emotional wellbeing, according to a new study.

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Consultation: MCS Age 17 Survey

30 June 2015

CLS is seeking input into the content of the Age 17 Survey of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), scheduled for 2018. Age 17 marks a major transition in the cohort members’ lives and has the potential to be a particularly important and illuminating stage of the study.

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Breaking up is hard to do – separation can harm mother’s self-confidence as a parent

29 June 2015

The mental trauma of separation can damage a mother’s belief in her parenting ability, a new study has found.

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Moving home not necessarily a ‘bad thing’ for youngsters, study finds

27 May 2015

Many parents worry that the disruption of moving home may be harmful to young children, but a new study suggests that this is not necessarily so.

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Personality traits in teenage years influence smoking habits in later life, research suggests

24 March 2015

Conscientious teenagers are less likely to smoke when they become adults, new research has concluded.

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Counting the true cost of childhood psychological problems in adult life

16 March 2015

The long-term impact of poor childhood mental health is believed to be costing the UK a total of £550 billion in lost earnings.

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Well-rounded children set for happiest futures

11 March 2015

Children with well-developed social and emotional skills have a better chance of being happy and healthy adults than those who are just bright, a new study reveals today.

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