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The National Child Development Study (NCDS)/1958 Birth Cohort

About the cohort

PI: Professor Alissa Goodman
Start date: 1958
Age at recruitment: 0
Sample size at recruitment: 17.416
Estimated current sample size: 9,790

The National Child Development Study (NCDS) follows the lives of 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1958. Also known as the 1958 Birth Cohort Study, it collects information on physical and educational development, economic circumstances, employment, family life, health behaviour, wellbeing, social participation and attitudes.

Since the birth survey in 1958, there have been nine further ‘sweeps’ of all cohort members at ages 7, 11, 16, 23, 33, 42, 46, 50 and 55. In 2003 (at age 45), 9,000 cohort members also participated in a special bio-medical survey to learn more about how development, environments and lifestyles affect people’s health.

NCDS is part of CLOSER (Cohort & Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) which aims to maximise the use, value and impact of the UK’s longitudinal studies.

Core funders

  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Medical Research Council
  • Wellcome Trust

Contact 

Website: http://www.cls.ioe.ac.uk/ncds 

Principal Investigator: Professor Alissa Goodman

Address: 

Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL

Email: cls@ioe.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7612 6875

Fax: +44 (0)20 7612 6880

Page last updated: 13 Mar 2015

Categories

  • Gender: Male, Female
  • Sample size: 10,000-19,999
  • Age: 0 to 9, 10 to 19, 20 to 39, 40 to 59
  • Anthropometric: Height, Weight, Waist circumference, Hip circumference, Blood pressure
  • Physical: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Musculoskeletal, Hearing and vision, Reproductive
  • Psychological: Mental health, Cognitive function
  • Lifestyle: Smoking, Physical activity, Dietary habits, Alcohol
  • Socio-economic: Occupation, Finances, Family circumstances, Housing, Education, Ethnic group, Marital status, Social support
  • Biological samples: Blood, Saliva