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Older fathers now tend to be healthiest in middle age, research finds

2 October 2019

Over the years, men who waited until their mid-20s to have their first child tended to report the best health in middle age, compared to those who started a family earlier. But, more recently, those who delayed fatherhood until their mid-30s appeared to be the healthiest in midlife.

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Happy children tend to become happy adults, research finds

20 September 2019

Among the Baby Boomers and Generation X, people who had higher levels of emotional wellbeing during childhood and adolescence were more likely to report being satisfied with life when they reached adulthood.

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.

Longitudinal data across the life course: an introduction to using cohort data

29 March 2019

Held at the University of Edinburgh, this workshop gave both first-time and more experienced data users an insight into four of the UK’s internationally-renowned cohort studies run by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS). The slides from this workshop are available to download from this page.

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Childhood adversity risk for mid-life health in Britain and US, study finds

19 March 2019

People who experienced physical abuse and neglect in childhood are at higher risk of poor health in middle age, new research shows.

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The story of our lives: new short film celebrates the first 60 years of the National Child Development Study

11 March 2019

The National Child Development Study (NCDS) is “one of the most influential pools of data that possibly the world has ever seen”, explains the former Labour minister and chair of the Social Mobility Commission, Alan Milburn, in a new short documentary film from the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS).

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Millions tune in to BBC One to watch film celebrating childhood dreams of NCDS members

22 November 2018

The BBC One Show travelled back to 1969 last night (21 November) to feature a film about three National Child Development Study (NCDS) members who wrote essays at age 11 imagining what their lives would be like when they reached 25.

Research on inequality: the long roots of childhood, informing policies, and generational change

16 July 2018

In this professorial lecture, Professor Alissa Goodman spoke about her research on inequalities, showing how both cross-sectional and longitudinal data are being used to illuminate and address some of the major social and policy questions of our time. A video of Alissa’s lecture is available to view in the event page.

UCL Festival of Culture: Can the language of 11 year olds predict their future?

15 June 2018

As part of the 2018 Festival of Culture, Professor Alissa Goodman presented a session exploring the extent to which the language of 11-year-olds can foretell their future. The slides from this seminar are available on the event page.

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Did the Baby Boomers fulfil their childhood dreams?

30 April 2018

In 1969, more than 10,000 11-year-olds, taking part in the National Child Development Study (NCDS), were asked to write an essay imagining what their lives would be like at 25. Fast forward 50 years, and we contacted a number of study members to share their essay with them and see how their lives had unfolded. 

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Children from lower social classes up to 5kg heavier than their more advantaged peers

21 March 2018

Disadvantaged children born at the start of the 21st century weighed up to 5kg more in their childhood and early teenage years than those from more privileged backgrounds, a new study has found.

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