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What children write about may predict future mental health

24 May 2024

Children who express positive thoughts and feelings in their creative writing are less likely to show symptoms of depression at the age of 23, according to research led by Chapman University in California.  

Introduction to geo-linking cohort and admin data to social and physical environmental data

16 May 2024

This online workshop will introduce participants to linking small-area level data on the local physical (air quality, greenspace etc) and social (access to services, deprivation) environment to cohort and administrative data.

Cross-cohort comparative analysis in the British cohort studies: opportunities and challenges

21 March 2024

Comparative research initiatives are increasingly prominent components of health and social sciences, yet they require more specialised methods. This webinar will discuss the challenges of cross-study comparative research and possible solutions.

Genetics and epigenetics data in the British cohort studies

23 December 2023

This webinar will highlight the genetic and epigenetic data available in our studies, and how to access them.

Examining ageing in the British cohort studies: measurement, research and access

21 December 2023

This webinar describes data on ageing and key life-course transitions using CLS cohort studies, and highlights future research opportunities.

Getting started: An introduction to four British cohort studies

11 October 2023

This 90-minute session gives first-time users an overview of the 1958, 1970, Next Steps and millennium cohort studies – unique data resources available for researchers across the biomedical and social sciences.

Introduction to longitudinal data: structure and visualisation

9 October 2023

An overview of the tools and strategies available to manage and visualise longitudinal cohort studies.

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Being an only child doesn’t affect children’s development

15 September 2023

Being an only child doesn’t affect your development – family background matters more.

Care in the Cohorts: measurement, research and access

22 August 2023

This webinar gives an overview of the data available on care and research opportunities in the four internationally-renowned cohort studies run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).

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Pandemic may have triggered second ‘midlife crisis’ in mental health for over-50s, study finds

19 April 2023

British adults aged 50 and above experienced their highest-ever levels of mental ill health during the COVID-19 pandemic, even surpassing the well-known peak in midlife, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.

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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