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Cohort Acronym
NCDS

Cohort type
General population-based cohort

Disease


Participant type
No diagnosis

Profile
Recruitment Period 1958 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 17,415  
Estimated Current Sample Size 5,000 to 9,999 
Age at Recruitment 0   
Gender Male and Female 
Abstract

The National Child Development Study (NCDS) is a longitudinal study which 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. CLS will carry out a new survey of the NCDS cohort at age 60 in 2018.

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.

 
Country United Kingdom 
Contact details
Institution name Centre for Longitudinal Studies 
Principal Investiator (PI) Professor Alissa Goodman 
Contact email clsfeedback@ioe.ac.uk 
Contact phone number +44 (0)20 7612 6875 
Address Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Institute of Education
20 Bedford Way
London
WC1H 0AL 
Funders (Core support) Economic and Social Research Council 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: N/A
Funtional rating: Individual physiological, Individual psychological
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Hip circumference, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Cardiovascular, Hearing and Vision, Musculoskeletal, Reproductive, Respiratory
Biological samples: Blood, Saliva
Genotyping: Gene screening
Brain imaging: N/A
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Dietary habits, Physical activity, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Ethnic group, Family circumstances, Housing and accommodation, Income and finances, Informal support, Martial status, Occupation and employment, Unpaid care
Health service utilisation: N/A
 
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