1970 British Cohort Study (BSC70)

URL
["http://www.esds.ac.uk/findingData/bcsTitles.asp"]
Description

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, examined the social and biological characteristics of the mother in relation to neonatal morbidity and compared the results with those of the National Child Development Study (NCDS), which commenced in 1958. 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 8 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, aged 10, in 1980, aged 16, in 1986, aged 26, in 1996, aged 30, 1999-2000, aged 34, in 2004-2005, aged 38-39 in 2008-2009 and age 42 in 2012. The first two sweeps (at 5 and 10 years) were known as the Child Health and Education Study (CHES). The 16-year survey was named Youthscan. A supplementary survey of head teachers was also conducted at the time of the 16-year follow-up in 1986. With each successive attempt, the scope 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. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDS.

Sample
more than 17,000 people born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week of 1970.
Format
Series - ongoing
Country
United Kingdom
Title
1970 British Cohort Study (BSC70)
Format
Series - ongoing