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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Working mothers

10 December 2020

The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) has been an important resource for research into the potential impacts on children when mothers return to work.

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Age 34 Sweep – Parent and child study

3 December 2020

In the BCS70 Age 34 Sweep, half of cohort members with children aged 16 and under were randomly chosen to take part in a special study.

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Research round-up – April to September 2020

25 November 2020

Researchers from around the world have been using CLS study data to tackle important questions. Here is a round-up over 100 new pieces of research that we’ve added to the CLS bibliography between April and September 2020.

Reading for pleasure and children’s cognitive development

6 November 2020

Research using data from the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) has revealed how reading for pleasure can help children excel in English and maths. It has also shown that good reading habits in childhood have a significant longer term impact on people’s vocabulary, with the benefits being evident even 30 years later.

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – Age 5 Sweep

11 June 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Thanks to findings from the Age 5 Sweep we have increased our understanding of the benefits of breastfeeding, the links between TV viewing and adult obesity, and the influence of parenting practices on children’s later attitudes.

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1970 British Cohort Study Age 5 Survey – Understanding mothers

4 June 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – During the Age 5 Sweep, mothers were asked a series of questions about their opinions, maternal depression and their child’s behaviour.

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1970 British Cohort Study 22 months and 42 months sub-studies

13 May 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Almost 5,000 children and mothers took part in the 22 months and 42 months sweeps, which explored the impact of foetal nutrition on early development.

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Research round-up – January to March 2020

1 May 2020

How much does one’s family background influence their midlife wellbeing? And, what effect does technology engagement have on teenage sleep? What is the psychological impact of having to work part-time when full-time jobs are not available? And, how important is cognitive ability in helping people climb the social ladder?

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Important discoveries from the 1970 British Cohort Study – the Birth Survey

29 April 2020

Celebrating 50 years of the 1970 British Cohort Study – Thanks to findings from the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) birth survey we have increased our understanding of the risks posed by smoking in pregnancy, helping to improve health advice provided to mothers ever since.

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Growing gap in children’s socio-emotional skills

30 March 2020

The gap between children with the highest and lowest socio-emotional skills has increased over the past three decades, and the socio-economic status of mothers is a significant contributing factor, according to a new UCL study.

Medically assisted reproduction: the effects on children, adults and families

25 February 2020

This project aims to advance our understanding of whether Medically Assisted Reproduction (MAR) affects the wellbeing of families, and if so why. Using datasets from the Millenium Cohort Study, we analyse MAR’s effects on a large range of adults/child outcomes through innovative research designs.

The wellbeing and lifecourse trajectories of only children

25 February 2020

This research project aims to investigates the consequences of growing up without siblings, particularly longer-term wellbeing and life chances. 

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