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10% of teenagers have tried hard drugs by age 17

10 February 2021

Almost a third of 17-year-olds have tried cannabis and one in 10 have tried harder drugs, such as cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine, with similar rates of experimentation regardless of parents’ education level, finds a new study by UCL researchers.

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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.

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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LGB teens at greater risk of poor mental health, new study finds

19 November 2019

Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) adolescents are five times more likely to be depressed, and almost six times more likely to have self-harmed in the past year, compared to their heterosexual peers.

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Children’s radio show interviews CLS researcher about childhood aspirations study

5 November 2019

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Well, CLS researcher, Dr Sam Parsons was asked to think back to her childhood aspirations when she appeared on a children’s social science radio programme this weekend (2 November).

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Heavy social media users tend to be poor sleepers, new research shows

25 October 2019

Adolescents who use social media for at least five hours a day are more likely than their peers to go to sleep late and have trouble waking during the school week.

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Millennium Cohort Study informs report showing children’s happiness at its lowest in a decade

30 August 2019

Millennium Cohort Study findings have provided evidence for The Children’s Society’s eighth annual Good Childhood Report, which examines the state of children’s wellbeing across the UK.

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Children with autism more likely to be bullied at home and at school, new study finds

12 August 2019

Children with autism are at greater risk of being bullied by both their siblings and their peers, compared to those without autism.

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Children born premature just as physically active as their peers, new study finds

23 May 2019

Being born early is no barrier to children and adolescents participating in organised sports and playing with friends, according to new research.

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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