Here you can search our series of working papers, dating back to 1983. These papers use data from our four cohort studies and cover a wide range of topics, from social inequalities and mobility, to physical health, education and cognitive development. Other papers in the series seek to improve the practice of longitudinal research.
This CLS working paper examines socio-economic inequalities in cognitive test scores at age 16 for a nationally representative cohort of people born in Britain in 1970 (the 1970 British Cohort Study).
This CLS working paper describes a randomised experiment, conducted on the Innovation Panel of Understanding Society: the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) in 2011, which sought to evaluate whether the ‘early bird’ approach to reducing interviewer costs and increasing survey response could be successful in a UK context.
Key words: longitudinal; non-response; incentives; call attempts; randomised experiment; appointments
This CLS working paper investigates whether biases in teachers’ assessments of pupils may contribute to creating and maintaining attainment gaps among primary school children in England. The paper uses data from the UK Millennium Cohort Study.
Miranda Crusco investigates the ‘Draw-A-Person’ exercise administered at age 7 in NCDS, examining how this method can be linked to the Rutter scale of internalising and externalising problems, also administered to the NCDS cohort members
Keywords: National Child Development Study, 1958 cohort, Rutter, non-cognitive, visual test.
This CLS working paper uses data from the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) to compare statistical models based on policy assertions with models based on socialisation and motivation theories. By doing so, it identifies whether school sport and physical education policy is likely to act as an effective intervention, or whether it mostly benefits children who have already been socialised into active lifestyles by their parents.
This CLS working paper analyses the common trajectories of children from disadvantaged backgrounds which lead to adult social exclusion. Using data from the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70), it also provides an assessment of whether education is effective in breaking the vicious circle of disadvantage both across and within generations.
Key words: childhood disadvantage; social exclusion; education; structural equation model; British Cohort Study
This CLS working paper analyses the extent to which people acquired qualifications in adulthood and whether they upgraded to higher levels of qualification than they previously held. It uses data from the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS).
This CLS working paper provides an account of a pilot study investigating the feasibility of collecting saliva samples for DNA extraction from mothers, fathers and children aged around 11 years old using field interviewers on the UK Millennium Cohort Study (MCS).
Key words: Saliva samples; bio-measures; DNA; interviewer training; Millennium Cohort Study; longitudinal.
This CLS working paper uses data from the Age 50 sweep of the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS) to provide a preliminary cross-sectional analysis of the correlates of sleep problems among cohort members. The results demonstrate associations of poor sleep with gender, socio-economic circumstances, health status, health-related behaviour, and depression.
This CLS working paper uses data from MCS to explore the hypothesis that ability grouping in early primary school may help create the ‘month of birth effect’.
Jane Elliott provides a preliminary descriptive analysis of a sub-sample of responses to an open-ended question which asked members of the 1958 birth cohort to imagine they were 60, and describe what their life would be like.
Keywords: 1958 birth cohort, NCDS, National Child Development Study, ageing, imagination, expectations
This CLS working paper uses data from MCS to examine the role of young children’s career aspirations in the association between family poverty and children’s emotional (internalising) and behavioural (externalising) problems.
Key words: family socio-economic disadvantage, career aspirations, emotional and behavioural problems