Welcome to our news and blogs. Here you’ll find the latest developments and insights from across our four longitudinal studies.
How can more young people be encouraged to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths?
Do children born in the UK at the beginning of the new millennium have some reasons to be cheerful? Yes, it appears that they do.
Life has never been particularly easy for middle-aged adults who find themselves caring for aged parents and their own children and grandchildren.
Living in a good neighbourhood, having lots of friends and getting on well with brothers and sisters are more important to children’s happiness than growing up in a two-parent home, according to findings from the Millennium Cohort Study. Researchers at NatCen Social Research analysed information on more than 10,000 seven-year-olds born across the UK in […]
Why do some people become involved in local clubs or volunteer to help in their community while others prefer to stay at home?
People with a strong sense of neighbourhood belonging have better mental wellbeing, according to new research based on the 1946, 1958 and Hertfordshire cohort studies.
Children with irregular bedtimes are more likely to have behaviour problems, according to new research using data from the Millennium Cohort Study.
Children are more likely to enjoy sport in school if they are active outside of school, according to a new study from the Institute of Education (IOE), University of London. The IOE research, based on data from more than 14,000 10-year-olds included in the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70), found that children who were active outside […]
People of divorced parents have higher levels of an inflammatory marker in the blood which is known to predict future health, according to new research using data from the 1958 National Child Development Study. Researchers at University College London (UCL) found that children who experienced the breakdown in their parents’ relationship before the age of […]
Going to bed at different times every night curbs children’s brain power and may affect health in adult life, suggests new research using Millennium Cohort Study data. Researchers at University College London (UCL) looked at whether bedtimes in early childhood were related to brain power in more than 11,000 seven-year-olds. They compared the children’s bedtimes […]
Children’s literacy, maths ability and behaviour are not on average harmed if their mothers go out to work during the first years of their lives, a leading researcher said today. Data from earlier UK studies had indicated a small disadvantage in literacy among children born before the mid-1990s whose mothers had worked in their early […]
Parents’ qualifications, social class and wellbeing have a bigger effect on their children’s development than poor parenting, according to researchers from the Institute of Education, University of London. A new study based on data from almost 14,000 seven-year-olds included in the Millennium Cohort Study has explored the link between children’s cognitive ability and their social and […]
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