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Timing of parental divorce influences health of children when they reach middle age

18 December 2015

Children who see their parents divorce before age 7 are more likely than those who experience it at a later age to report health problems in their fifties, according to a new study.

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Bullied children have higher risk of adult obesity and heart disease

28 May 2015

Victims of childhood bullying are more likely to be overweight or obese as adults and have a higher risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses, according to a new study.

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Counting the true cost of childhood psychological problems in adult life

16 March 2015

The long-term impact of poor childhood mental health is believed to be costing the UK a total of £550 billion in lost earnings.

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Scarring effects of childhood bullying still evident 40 years later, study finds

23 April 2014

Adults who were bullied as children are more likely to experience mental health problems than those who were never bullied, according to new research based on the 1958 National Child Development Study.

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Childhood adversity linked to higher risk of early death, new findings suggest

2 September 2013

Traumatic childhood experiences are linked to an increased risk of early death, according to new research using data from the 1958 National Child Development Study. Researchers at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, in collaboration with the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health at University College London, analysed information […]

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How can we learn about children’s behavioural problems through their drawings?

20 August 2013

New research published by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies has tested the effectiveness of the latest tool for interpreting what children’s drawings say about their behaviour and emotional state. Miranda Crusco, from the University of Hertfordshire, used the Draw-A-Person: Screening Procedure for Emotional Disturbance (DAP:SPED) method to analyse the drawings of more than 170 seven-year-olds […]

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Breastfeeding boosts ability to climb social ladder

25 June 2013

Breastfeeding not only boosts children’s chances of climbing the social ladder, but it also reduces the chances of downwards mobility, suggests study based on 1958 and 1970 cohort data. The findings are based on changes in the social class of  17,419 members of the 1958 National Child Development Study and 16,771 members of the 1970 […]

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Reading and maths ability at age seven linked to higher income in adulthood

15 May 2013

Children with stronger reading and maths skills at age seven are more likely to earn higher wages in later life, according to new research using data from the 1958 National Child Development Study.

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Boys with absent fathers become fathers themselves at a young age

7 September 2011

If a boy’s father is absent when he’s a child, he is more likely to become a father himself at a young age, a new study suggests

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