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An introduction to linked health administrative data in four cohort studies

19 January 2021

Several administrative health records have recently been linked to the CLS cohort studies survey data, opening up new possibilities for health researchers. In this webinar, researchers will find out what’s included in the linked datasets and how to access them.

Social isolation, loneliness and wellbeing across the life course and between five British birth cohorts

14 January 2021

This project aims to develop a conceptual and empirical understanding of social isolation across the life course and generate comparable measures across cohorts.

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Poorer teens at substantially greater risk of obesity

17 December 2020

More than one third of UK teenagers are starting adult life with excess weight (either overweight or obese), and rates are even higher among the poorest, finds a new study led by UCL researchers. 

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Wave 2 of COVID-19 survey data from five national longitudinal cohort studies now available

11 December 2020

Researchers can now access new information about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the lives of almost 26,000 cohort study participants.

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Research round-up – April to September 2020

25 November 2020

Researchers from around the world have been using CLS study data to tackle important questions. Here is a round-up over 100 new pieces of research that we’ve added to the CLS bibliography between April and September 2020.

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High levels of serious mental health difficulties among 17-year-olds

20 November 2020

16% of teenagers report high levels of psychological distress at age 17, finds a new study led by UCL researchers based on data collected in 2018-19. The findings also show 24% of young people report self-harming and 7% report self-harming with suicidal intent by age 17.

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CLS researchers win impact award for mental health research

13 November 2020

Professor Emla Fitzsimons and Dr Praveetha Patalay have been awarded the 2020 ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize for their research on children and young people’s mental health.

The Age 17 Sweep – Millennium Cohort Study Webinar

13 November 2020

Data from the age 17 Sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) are now available to download from the UK Data Service. This introductory webinar looked at what was new in the this survey. Our researchers answered questions from data users.  

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.

Children and young people’s mental health

5 November 2020

Looking after children’s and young people’s mental health is an urgent public health priority. Using data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS), CLS researchers and collaborators have investigated the prevalence of mental ill-health during childhood and adolescence.

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CLS researchers shortlisted for ESRC Celebrating Impact Prize awards

29 October 2020

CLS researchers, Professor Alice Sullivan, Professor Emla Fitzsimons and Dr Praveetha Patalay, are finalists for the ESRC’s Celebrating Impact Prize 2020.

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New guide to physical activity measures in longitudinal studies now available to researchers

23 October 2020

A new, searchable, online guide on physical activity measures used in six longitudinal studies, including the 1958, 1970 and Millennium birth cohorts, has been launched by CLOSER.

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