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2010s: the middle years – an animated tour

4 March 2021

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – As our look back at the 1970 British Cohort Study through the 2010s draws to a close, let us whisk you away on a tour of the decade just gone by.

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NHS administrative data now linked to 1958 and 1970 birth cohort studies

15 February 2021

Information from the NHS about cohort members’ health care and treatment in hospitals has now been linked to two longitudinal cohort studies, which have collected survey data over six decades – the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70).

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Midlife mental health

4 February 2021

The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) has been an important source of evidence on midlife mental health, helping to improve our understanding about why middle age is such a vulnerable period for adults.

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Age 42 Sweep – Vocabulary task

28 January 2021

During the Age 42 Sweep, study participants were asked to repeat a vocabulary assessment they had previously taken in 1986, at age 16.

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Up to a fifth of adults have mental health problems in midlife

21 January 2021

Baby Boomers and Generation X are at the greatest risk of mental ill-health in middle age, finds new research by UCL.

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – The gender wage gap

14 January 2021

Britain’s birth cohort studies have been some of the leading sources of evidence on women’s education, employment and pay, helping us to monitor and understand the possible factors behind the gender wage gap.

Reading for pleasure and children’s cognitive development

6 November 2020

Research using data from the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) has revealed how reading for pleasure can help children excel in English and maths. It has also shown that good reading habits in childhood have a significant longer term impact on people’s vocabulary, with the benefits being evident even 30 years later.

Cancelled: Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study: a longitudinal studies conference

11 November 2019

In honour of the 50th anniversary of the 1970 British Cohort Study, this scientific conference will showcase the latest cutting-edge research using CLS cohort data. Registration is currently paused while we assess new dates.

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Older fathers now tend to be healthiest in middle age, research finds

2 October 2019

Over the years, men who waited until their mid-20s to have their first child tended to report the best health in middle age, compared to those who started a family earlier. But, more recently, those who delayed fatherhood until their mid-30s appeared to be the healthiest in midlife.

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Happy children tend to become happy adults, research finds

20 September 2019

Among the Baby Boomers and Generation X, people who had higher levels of emotional wellbeing during childhood and adolescence were more likely to report being satisfied with life when they reached adulthood.

Harmonising mental health measurements from the British birth cohorts

23 April 2019

At this event, organised by CLOSER, we will present results on the measurement properties of mental health measures, before and after harmonising these so that they can be compared across time and study.

Train the trainer: a workshop to explore longitudinal data to inform your teaching in quantitative social science subjects

23 April 2019

CLS are pleased to be presenting at this CLOSER workshop aimed at lecturers. This free one-day workshop will give an overview of longitudinal data available to lecturers who teach and supervise students in quantitative social science subjects.

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