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Only children more likely to care for ageing parents, but don’t suffer worse mental health

6 April 2022

Only children can manage the emotional and psychological demands of caring just as well as those who share duties with siblings, according to UCL researchers.

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Women who experience early menopause spend 4 months fewer in work during their early 50s

24 January 2022

The onset of menopause before age 45 reduces months spent in work by 9% – around 4 months’ employment – for women during their early 50s, finds new research by the UCL Social Research Institute.

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NHS administrative data now linked to 1958 and 1970 birth cohort studies

15 February 2021

Information from the NHS about cohort members’ health care and treatment in hospitals has now been linked to two longitudinal cohort studies, which have collected survey data over six decades – the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70).

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Midlife mental health

4 February 2021

The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) has been an important source of evidence on midlife mental health, helping to improve our understanding about why middle age is such a vulnerable period for adults.

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Up to a fifth of adults have mental health problems in midlife

21 January 2021

Baby Boomers and Generation X are at the greatest risk of mental ill-health in middle age, finds new research by UCL.

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Lifelong obesity linked to physical difficulties in middle age, new study finds

20 June 2019

People who are obese from childhood through to middle age have more than double the risk of experiencing difficulties with everyday tasks at age 50 compared to those who were never obese.

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.

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Sociable children tend to have greater emotional resilience in middle age, new study finds

11 April 2019

Children who get on with their peers are more able to cope with stressful events in mid-life, new findings show.

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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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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Latest partnership histories dataset now available

30 November 2017

The latest version of the National Child Development Study: Partnership Histories (1974-2013) has been released at the UK Data Service.

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