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Children with behavioural problems at age five may need extra literacy support at school

21 July 2021

Children with severe conduct and hyperactivity problems at school entrance tend to gain lower scores in vocabulary tests during adolescence, according to a new study.

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.

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The 1970s – an animated tour

18 June 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – So, that was the 1970s. And what a decade it was for Britain’s birth cohort studies. Here’s a whistle stop animated tour of the first 10 years of BCS70.

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Age 5 Sweep

11 June 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Thanks to findings from the Age 5 Sweep we have increased our understanding of the benefits of breastfeeding, the links between TV viewing and adult obesity, and the influence of parenting practices on children’s later attitudes.

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1970 British Cohort Study Age 5 Survey – Understanding mothers

4 June 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – During the Age 5 Sweep, mothers were asked a series of questions about their opinions, maternal depression and their child’s behaviour.

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Childhood educational inequalities

21 May 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Few pieces of longitudinal research have had such an impact on government policy as Leon Feinstein’s analysis of BCS70, which examined the links between family background and children’s cognitive development.

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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.

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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Smoking in pregnancy not directly linked to children’s later smoking habits, researchers find

25 September 2019

Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy are not born predisposed to smoking through absorbing nicotine in the womb, a study has found.

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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.

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