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Mental Health Data Tools: Harmony & TIDAL Workshop

21 July 2023

During this half-day in-person event attendees got an introduction to two new digital tools that were designed for researchers working with longitudinal data.

Mental health in four British cohort studies: measurement, research and access

1 June 2023

This short webinar explores the wide-ranging opportunities for mental health research using British cohort studies.

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Poorest children have worse health and educational outcomes in adolescence

24 March 2023

Generation Z children born into the poorest fifth of families in the UK are 12 times more likely to experience a raft of poor health and educational outcomes by the age of 17 compared to more affluent peers, finds a new report led by UCL researchers.

Introduction to the Millennium Cohort Study

16 March 2023

This short webinar gives first-time users and researchers less familiar with the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) an insight into this unique longitudinal cohort dataset born at the turn of the century.

Handling missing data in the British cohort studies

8 February 2023

View this webinar to learn why principled methods of missing data handling are usually required to obtain unbiased estimates in long-running cohort studies, learn how to undertake such analyses, and observe a demonstration of how to do so in practice using Stata, with a focus on multiple imputation.

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Generational inequalities in mental health accelerated with the COVID-19 pandemic

23 January 2023

Mental health problems like anxiety and depression were more common among younger generations before the COVID-19 outbreak — but the gap between young and old became even wider during the pandemic, according to new research based on five UK longitudinal studies.

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NHS admin data now linked to Millennium Cohort Study

7 December 2022

Researchers tracking the experiences of young people born at the turn of the century can now explore a wider range of research questions related to health care and treatment in hospitals, thanks to a new data linkage between NHS Digital and the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

Children of the noughties: a conference to celebrate 21 years of the Millennium Cohort Study

16 November 2022

In June 2023 we celebrated 21 years of the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) and other longitudinal studies with a scientific conference in London. The programme featured an exciting line up of around 75 inter-disciplinary presentations and a very special panel discussion with members of the cohort.

Using Linked Administrative Data: Hospital Episode Statistics linked with the CLS cohorts

9 November 2022

Several administrative health datasets have been linked to the CLS cohort studies survey data, opening up new possibilities for health researchers. In this webinar we focus on Hospital Episode Statistics (HES): what’s included in the linked datasets, how to access them and how to analyse the data.

Getting started: An introduction to four British cohort studies

9 October 2022

This webinar gives first-time users an insight into four internationally-renowned cohort studies run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).

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Eliminating sexual violence could reduce teenage mental ill health

5 October 2022

The prevalence of serious mental health problems among 17-year-olds could drop by as much as 16.8% for girls and 8.4% for boys if they were not subjected to sexual violence, such as sexual assault and harassment, according to estimates from UCL researchers.

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Investing in breastfeeding support may help reduce social inequalities

1 July 2022

Breastfeeding matters for children’s cognitive development, but disadvantaged mothers who give birth at the weekend are less likely to breastfeed, owing to poorer breastfeeding support in hospitals, finds a new UCL study.

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