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Family difficulties affect young children’s development more than moving home, study finds

19 July 2016

It is not moving home, but broader family circumstances that impact the wellbeing of children when they are in their early years, new research shows.

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The changing behaviour of mixed ethnicity children

4 April 2016

Some groups of mixed ethnicity children experience an increase in behaviour problems as they are growing up, according to a new study.

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Children growing up without a garden more likely to be obese

16 September 2015

New research has found that young children with no access to a garden are far more likely to be overweight or obese by the time they reach seven.

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Majority of fathers continue to see their child after separation, study finds

29 June 2015

More than four in five fathers still have contact with their child after they have separated from their partner, according to new research. However, dads who were more involved with parenting before a break-up are more likely to play a bigger role in their child’s future upbringing. The study, conducted by the University of Kent […]

Pathways from environmental risk to children’s psychological maladjustment and resilience

14 November 2014

This research project tested how neighbourhood, family poverty and other adverse circumstances are related to children’s wellbeing, as gauged through emotional and behavioural outcomes.

Parenting and contact before and after separation

30 September 2014

This research project analysed data from the first four surveys of the Millennium Cohort Study, at ages 9 months, 3 years, 5 years, 7 years and 11 years. It looked specifically at factors related to parents’ contact with their children after separation, and how separation affects parenting activities and capabilities.

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Disabled children are more likely to be born into disadvantage, new research suggests

20 November 2013

Children with a disability are more likely to be born into disadvantaged families than their non-disabled peers, according to new findings from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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Irregular bedtimes linked to behaviour problems in children, study finds

14 October 2013

Children with irregular bedtimes are more likely to have behaviour problems, according to new research using data from the Millennium Cohort Study.

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Irregular bedtimes curb young children’s brain power, new research suggests

9 July 2013

Going to bed at different times every night curbs children’s brain power and may affect health in adult life, suggests new research using Millennium Cohort Study data. Researchers at University College London (UCL) looked at whether bedtimes in early childhood were related to brain power in more than 11,000 seven-year-olds. They compared the children’s bedtimes […]

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Persistent poverty damages young children’s cognitive development, study finds

13 June 2012

The corrosive effect of persistent poverty on children’s cognitive development is revealed in a new study published by the Institute of Education, University of London.

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Long-term poverty but not family instability affects children’s cognitive development

21 April 2011

IoE researchers find children from homes that experience persistent poverty are more likely to have their cognitive development affected than their peers in better off homes. However family instability is found to make no additional difference.

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New MCS Briefings published

24 May 2010

Fourteen Briefings, which distil the key findings of the first three surveys of the Millennium Cohort Study, as collected in Children of the 21st century (Volume2): The first five years are now available:

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