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1970 British Cohort Study : Thirty-Eight-Year Follow-Up, 2008-2009

Brown, Matt and Elliott, Jane and Hancock, Maggie and Calderwood, Lisa and Shepherd, Peter and Dodgeon, Brian and Johnson, Jon (2010) 1970 British Cohort Study : Thirty-Eight-Year Follow-Up, 2008-2009. [Dataset]

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Abstract

The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) began in 1970 when data were collected about the births and families of babies born in the United Kingdom in one particular week in 1970. The first wave, called the British Births Survey, was carried out by the National Birthday Trust Fund in association with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Its aims were to examine the social and biological characteristics of the mother in relation to neonatal morbidity, and to compare the results with those of the National Child Development Study (NCDS), which commenced in 1958 (held separately at the UK Data Archive under GN 33004). Participants from Northern Ireland, who had been included in the birth survey, were dropped from the study in all subsequent sweeps, which only included respondents from Great Britain. Since BCS70 began, there have been seven full data collection exercises in order to monitor the cohort members' health, education, social and economic circumstances. These took place when respondents were aged 5, in 1975 (held under SN 2699), aged 10, in 1980 (SN 3723), aged 16, in 1986 (SN 3535), aged 26, in 1996 (SN 3833), aged 30, 1999-2000 (SN 5558), and aged 34, in 2004-2005 (SN 5585). The first two sweeps (at 5 and 10 years) were carried out by the Department of Child Health at Bristol University. During these times, the survey was known as the Child Health and Education Study (CHES). The 16-year survey was carried out by the International Centre for Child Studies and named Youthscan. The Social Statistics Research Unit (SSRU) became involved with the BCS70 study at this time, and eventually changed its name to the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), based at the Institute of Education, University of London. With each successive attempt, the scope of BCS70 has broadened from a strictly medical focus at birth, to encompass physical and educational development at the age of 5, physical, educational and social development at the ages of 10 and 16, and physical, educational, social and economic development at 26 years and beyond. Further information about the BCS70 and may be found on the Centre for Longitudinal Studies website. As well as BCS70, the CLS now also conducts the NCDS series. The 1970 British Cohort Study: Thirty-Eight-Year Follow-up, 2008-2009 was conducted when respondents were aged 38. The latest sweep was conducted for the first time as a telephone interview (CATI). The main aim of the most recent survey was to explore the factors central to the formation and maintenance of adult identity in each of the following domains: •lifelong learning •relationships, parenting and housing •employment and income •health and health behaviour •citizenship and values For the third edition (May 2013) a new derived variables data file was deposited with accompanying documentation. See the documents covering Derived Variables and Region Variables for further details. Main Topics: The survey explored the following areas: •housing •relationship history •births and other pregnancies •periods of lone parenthood •children and the wider family (social relationships and support) •family income •employment status/employment history •academic education •general health •smoking

Item Type: Dataset
Controlled Keywords: Health , Employment, Family, Housing, Lifelong Learning
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2013 13:12
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 10:42
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