Welcome to our news and blogs. Here you’ll find the latest developments and insights from across our four longitudinal studies.
Almost a third of 17-year-olds have tried cannabis and one in 10 have tried harder drugs, such as cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine, with similar rates of experimentation regardless of parents’ education level, finds a new study by UCL researchers.
Young people who are the first in their family to go to university are less likely to attend an elite institution and are more likely to drop out than those with graduate parents, according to new research led by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies.
Young women are the most likely to have experienced high levels of depression, anxiety and loneliness in lockdown, compared to older adults, according to new research from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).
The Age 10 Sweep included measures of height, weight, head circumference, blood pressure, pulse, vision and hearing. Most of these measures were then repeated at age 16 and several were repeated in the Age 46 Sweep. This allows researchers to study trajectories of health from childhood into adulthood and how these are affected by other circumstances and behaviours throughout life.
The number of hours worked in Britain dropped significantly in lockdown, with mothers most likely to sacrifice work for home schooling and developmental play, according to new research from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).
Researchers now have access to data about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected over 18,000 participants of five nationally representative longitudinal cohort studies based at UCL. The new data will help researchers understand the economic, health and social consequences of the coronavirus outbreak and track the lasting impact on people’s lives.
A new podcast series celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) begins today (Thursday 25 June). Over the next six weeks, ‘50 Years of Life in Britain’ will explore the contribution the BCS70 study members have made to improving British science and society.
Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – So, that was the 1970s. And what a decade it was for Britain’s birth cohort studies. Here’s a whistle stop animated tour of the first 10 years of BCS70.
Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Thanks to findings from the Age 5 Sweep we have increased our understanding of the benefits of breastfeeding, the links between TV viewing and adult obesity, and the influence of parenting practices on children’s later attitudes.
Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – During the Age 5 Sweep, mothers were asked a series of questions about their opinions, maternal depression and their child’s behaviour.
Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – With five decades of invaluable service to British science and society, what has it been like for our 1970 British Cohort Study members to take part in the study? Over the year we’ll be speaking to our cohort members about their lives and what the study means to them. This week we speak to Jo.
Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Few pieces of longitudinal research have had such an impact on government policy as Leon Feinstein’s analysis of BCS70, which examined the links between family background and children’s cognitive development.
Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Almost 5,000 children and mothers took part in the 22 months and 42 months sweeps, which explored the impact of foetal nutrition on early development.
Senior Communications Officer
Phone: 020 7612 6516