Welcome to our news and blogs. Here you’ll find the latest developments and insights from across our four longitudinal studies.
Baby Boomers and Generation X are at the greatest risk of mental ill-health in middle age, finds new research by UCL.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
People who experienced physical abuse and neglect in childhood are at higher risk of poor health in middle age, new research shows.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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