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Socioeconomic inequalities in health

29 October 2019

This project uses multiple birth cohort studies to better understand socioeconomic inequalities in health, how these have changed across time, and how they may be reduced.

Initial findings from the Millennium Cohort Study Age 14 Sweep

11 July 2018

Our initial findings from the Millennium Cohort Study Age 14 Sweep cover a range of themes, from mental health to levels of obesity and risky behaviours.

Educational and occupational aspirations of young people: influences and outcomes

1 January 2017

Using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) and Next Steps, this research project investigates the role of aspirations on social reproduction and social mobility across the divides of gender, ethnicity, disability and social class.

Parental working hours and the rising prevalence of obesity over time: a cross-cohort analysis

1 October 2016

This research project aims to investigate how changes in parental employment have affected childhood weight and if/how this effect has been changing over the last 5 decades?

Intergenerational influences on physical activity

1 June 2016

This research project investigates the influence of work and family status on exercise and sedentary behaviour in childhood and adult life.

Alcohol use across the life course: links with health and wellbeing

1 April 2016

This research project uses evidence from all four of our cohort studies to investigate the short- and long-term health impacts of alcohol.

Does the language of 11-year-olds predict their future?

1 February 2016

This research project aimed to apply automatic content analysis tools to transcribed self-reported essays, written by study members at age 11 and age 50 in order to undertake quantitative analysis of the words and concepts expressed by respondents.

Childhood mental health trajectories and lifetime consequences: a cross-cohort programme of work

1 January 2016

This project examines young people’s mental health trajectories today in the context of previous generations, using data from all four of our cohort studies.

Parental wealth in childhood and its relationship with children’s development and predictors of wealth in adult life

1 October 2015

For the first time in the history of the UK birth cohort studies, a short measure of parents’ financial assets and debts is available in childhood (Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), age 11) alongside measures of income. This research project aims to understand how parents’ long-term financial position shapes their children’s outcomes from an early stage.

Social mobility mechanisms and consequences

1 July 2015

This research project provides empirical evidence on curricula delivery variation in the UK and institutional differences through analysis of Next Steps and linked National Pupil Database data.

Cross Cohort Research Programme

1 July 2015

Incorporating seven projects, this programme explored two key themes which are both central to government policy: healthy lifestyles and the transmission of advantage and disadvantage from one generation to the next.

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