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Latest 1970 British Cohort Study Partnership Histories dataset available

22 November 2016

The latest version of the British Cohort Study (1970): Partnership Histories (1986-2012) has been released at the UK Data Service.

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Children’s development boosted when parents supervise homework, according to new study

22 November 2016

Eleven-year-olds who have someone at home making sure they finish their homework before taking part in other activities, such as watching TV, score higher on cognitive assessments than those who do not.

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Academic success doesn’t guarantee top earnings for fortysomethings, study finds

17 November 2016

Educational achievement may be enough to open the door to high-status occupations, but isn’t sufficient to deliver a top income in early middle age, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education (IOE).

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Skipping breakfast and irregular bedtimes linked to obesity in childhood, study finds

11 November 2016

Children who eat breakfast and have a regular bedtime routine are less likely to become overweight or obese during childhood, according to findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Joining scouts or guides as a child may lower risk of mental illness in adulthood

10 November 2016

Programmes that teach children self-reliance and teamwork may have lifelong benefits for mental health, according to findings from the National Child Development Study (NCDS).

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Children with absent parents more likely to start smoking and drinking early, study finds

12 October 2016

Children who experience the departure of a parent from the family home before the age of 7 are more likely to have tried cigarettes or alcohol by age 11, according to findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Weekly ‘date nights’ are not necessarily the key to staying together, new research suggests

10 October 2016

Married couples benefit slightly from the occasional ‘date night’, but overall going out as a couple has little effect on the likelihood of the relationship breaking down.

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Children with absent parents more likely to start smoking and drinking early, study finds

10 October 2016

Children who experience the departure of a parent from the family home before the age of 7 are more likely to have tried cigarettes or alcohol by age 11, according to findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Children in poorer health if their mothers are physically abused, study finds

19 September 2016

Children growing up in households where the mother is a victim of domestic violence may experience more ill health than others, according to new research based on the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Family difficulties affect young children’s development more than moving home, study finds

19 July 2016

It is not moving home, but broader family circumstances that impact the wellbeing of children when they are in their early years, new research shows.

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Fathers working full-time enjoy 21% ‘wage bonus’

16 May 2016

Full-time working fathers earn a fifth more, on average, than men without children, according to a new study published by the Trade Unions Congress (TUC). In contrast, mothers working full-time experienced a ‘pay penalty’, earning 7 per cent less, on average, than their childless colleagues. The researchers from the Institute for Public Policy Research analysed […]

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Out of school activities improve children’s educational attainment, study reveals

20 April 2016

Participating in organised sports and joining after school clubs can help to improve primary school children’s academic performance and social skills, new research shows.

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