1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS)

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Overview

Aims
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.

Institution
Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) - Institute of Education (IoE), UCL

Geographic coverage
United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales)

Start date
1958

Sample

Sample type
Birth cohort

Sample details
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
17,000+

Sample size at most recent sweep
9,100 (NCDS9 2013)
9,337 have biosamples

Sex
All

Age at recruitment
Birth

Cohort year of birth
1958

Data

Data access
UK Data Service
https://cls.ucl.ac.uk/data-access-training/access-ukds/

Genetic data collected

Linkage to administrative data

Additional information

Website
cls.ucl.ac.uk/cls-studies/1958-national-child-development-study

Related Themes
Birth and perinatal period, cognitive measures, education, genetic data, income and socioeconomic status, personality measures, physical health, work and employment, COVID

Notes
Originally known as the Perinatal Mortality Survey

Reference paper

Power C & Elliott J. (2006). Cohort Profile: 1958 British birth cohort (National Child Development Study). International Journal of Epidemiology, 35, 34-41.
doi.org/10.1093/ije/dyi183

Funders
Economic and Social Research Council
Medical Research Council
National Institutes of Health
Department for Work and Pensions
Wellcome Trust

National Birthday Trust Fund
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