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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – the Birth Survey

29 April 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Thanks to findings from the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) birth survey we have increased our understanding of the risks posed by smoking in pregnancy, helping to improve health advice provided to mothers ever since.

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1970 British Cohort Study Birth Survey

22 April 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – BCS70 followed a similar sample design as the 1958 study recruiting all children born in England, Scotland and Wales during a single week in 1970.

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The origins of the 1970 British Cohort Study

15 April 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) began life as the British Births Survey (BBS) and aimed to collect information about all babies born in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during a single week in April 1970. More than 17,000 babies were included in the survey.

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Economic upheaval of 1980s linked to criminal behaviour among Generation X

31 March 2020

Members of Generation X who lived in Britain’s declining industrial heartlands in the 1980s were more likely to play truant during their school years and to be involved in crime as adults, compared to those who grew up in more advantaged areas.

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Growing gap in children’s socio-emotional skills

30 March 2020

The gap between children with the highest and lowest socio-emotional skills has increased over the past three decades, and the socio-economic status of mothers is a significant contributing factor, according to a new UCL study.

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Study of midlife health enhanced with new 1970 British Cohort Study accelerometry data

27 March 2020

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

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CLS researcher receives prestigious demography prize

23 March 2020

CLS associate professor, Dr Alice Goisis has received the European Demographer Award from Population Europe, a network of Europe’s leading demographic research centres.

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Young parents more likely to suffer ill health in later life

5 March 2020

Teenage mothers and men who become fathers by their early 20s are at greater risk of developing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes in middle age, compared to those who delay parenthood, according to a UCL-led study.

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BAME millennials at greater risk of being in unstable employment

2 March 2020

Millennials from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are 47% more likely to be on a zero-hours contract, and have 10% greater odds of working a second job, compared to their White peers, according to a new report from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Carnegie UK Trust, and Operation Black Vote.

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Research round-up – October to December 2019

10 February 2020

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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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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Linked education data open up new opportunities for study of millennial generation

23 January 2020

Researchers can now access enhanced linked educational records for Next Steps, including GCSE and A-level exam results, and vocational education records.

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