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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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Millennium Cohort Study age 17 data now available

2 October 2020

The data cover a comprehensive range of topics, including education and training, transitions to the job market, mental health and wellbeing, physical development, personality, identity, attitudes and expectations, engagement in risky behaviours, and social media activity.

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CLS seeks input on the content of wave 3 of COVID-19 survey

17 September 2020

The UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) is seeking views on the questions to include in the next wave of its COVID-19 survey, due to take place in early 2021.

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Housing wealth matters for children’s mental health

17 September 2020

Children growing up in families with expensive homes have fewer emotional and behavioural problems, finds new research led by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) based at the UCL Social Research Institute.

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CLS wins major new grant to investigate impact of COVID-19

1 September 2020

The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) has secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), to further its investigation into the immediate and longer term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people in Britain.

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Poor mental health in lockdown most common among young women

7 August 2020

Young women are the most likely to have experienced high levels of depression, anxiety and loneliness in lockdown, compared to older adults, according to new research from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).

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Hours worked dropped by 40% in lockdown

30 July 2020

The number of hours worked in Britain dropped significantly in lockdown, with mothers most likely to sacrifice work for home schooling and developmental play, according to new research from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).

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