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Investing in breastfeeding support may help reduce social inequalities

1 July 2022

Breastfeeding matters for children’s cognitive development, but disadvantaged mothers who give birth at the weekend are less likely to breastfeed, owing to poorer breastfeeding support in hospitals, finds a new UCL study.

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Inequalities in early child development remained stubbornly high through the 2010s

23 June 2022

Inequalities in the early cognitive, social and emotional development of children in the UK, which are so important in shaping later life outcomes, have changed little between those born in the early 2000s and those born in the early 2010s. Researchers from the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies […]

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Thousands of babies to join new national study of child development

31 May 2022

Families across England are set to make history from next week as they join the first new national birth cohort study of babies to be launched in more than two decades, at a time of huge significance for the country as it emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Introduction to the Millennium Cohort Study

23 May 2022

This lunchtime webinar gives first-time users and researchers less familiar with the Millennium Cohort Study an insight into this unique longitudinal cohort dataset born at the turn of the century. This session describes the study aims, content and design as well as offering a helpful look at some of the types of research that can […]

Only children: insights from across generations and countries

16 May 2022

With many couples starting families later and a gradual shift in family size ideals, only child families are becoming or are expected to become more common, but many stereotypes remain around only children. Join us to learn more about whether only children are different or similar from children who grow up with siblings in terms […]

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Low birth weight among IVF children not linked to infertility treatments

7 January 2022

Differences in birth weight and pregnancy term between medically assisted reproduction and naturally conceived children become insignificant once family circumstances are considered, according to new research by the UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the University of Utah.

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Duchess of Cambridge visits CLS to learn about Children of the 2020s study

5 October 2021

Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge today visited CLS to learn about the new Children of the 2020s study, and the invaluable contribution the centre’s existing birth cohort studies have made to our understanding of early child development.

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National primary school tests have little effect on children’s happiness and wellbeing

24 September 2021

National Curriculum Key Stage 2 tests taken by 10- and 11-year-old children in England to assess progress in English and mathematics do not seem to affect children’s wellbeing, according to new research based on the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).

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New longitudinal study into the effects of COVID-19 on young people begins

23 September 2021

Tens of thousands of secondary school pupils across England will be invited to take part this week in COSMO – the largest study of its kind into the effects of COVID-19 on a generation of young people.

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Research round-up – April to June 2021

24 August 2021

Researchers from around the world have been using CLS study data to tackle important questions. Here is a round-up of nearly 100 new pieces of research that we’ve added to the CLS bibliography between April and June 2021.

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