1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS)Jump to Mental Health Measures
The 1958 National Child Development Study is a multidisciplinary national longitudinal birth cohort study following the lives of over 17,000 people born in 1958. The study aims to improve understanding of the factors affecting human development over the whole lifespan. Follows histories of health, wealth, education, family and employment from early life with linked biomedical and examination performance data integrated into the study.
Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) - Institute of Education (IoE), UCL
United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales)
The NCDS follows the lives of all people born in England, Scotland and Wales in one particular week of March 1958. In the first three sweeps (at ages 7, 11 and 16), the target sample was augmented to include people who migrated to the UK born in the same week. The cross-sectional sample only includes immigrants who moved to Britain before the age of 16, as there were no attempts to include further members beyond the age 16 survey in 1974.
Sample size at recruitment
Sample size at most recent sweep
9,100 (NCDS9 2013)
9,337 have biosamples
Age at recruitment
Cohort year of birth
UK Data Service
Genetic data collected
Linkage to administrative data
Birth and perinatal period, cognitive measures, education, genetic data, income and socioeconomic status, personality measures, physical health, work and employment, COVID
Originally known as the Perinatal Mortality Survey
Power C & Elliott J. (2006). Cohort Profile: 1958 British birth cohort (National Child Development Study). International Journal of Epidemiology, 35, 34-41.