Series

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National Child Development Studyxxx

Series abstract

The National Child Development Study (NCDS) is a continuing longitudinal study that seeks to follow the lives of all those living in Great Britain who were born in one particular week in 1958. Conducted by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), the aim of the study is to improve understanding of the factors affecting human development over the whole lifespan. It collects information on physical and educational development, economic circumstances, employment, family life, health behaviour, wellbeing, social participation and attitudes.

Data access

GN 33004  |  National Child Development Study, 1958-

SNStudy DescriptionExplore OnlineDownload / Order  
5560 National Child Development Study Response and Outcomes Dataset, 1958-2013 -
7669 National Child Development Study: Sweep 9, 2013
6691 Social Participation and Identity, 2007-2010 -
6752 National Child Development Study: Understanding Individual Behaviour, 2010
6137 National Child Development Study: Sweep 8, 2008-2009
6978 National Child Development Study: Sweep 8, 2008-2009: Imagine You are 60 -
6940 National Child Development Study: Partnership Histories, 1974-2008
6942 National Child Development Study: Activity Histories, 1974-2008
5579 National Child Development Study: Sweep 7, 2004-2005
5217 National Child Development Study: Sweeps 5-6 Partnership Histories, 1974-2000 -
5578 National Child Development Study: Sweep 6, 1999-2000
5600 National Child Development Study: Employment Histories, 1974-2000 -
4992 National Child Development Study: 37-Year Sample Survey, 1995
4324 National Child Development Study: Sweep 5 Parent Migration Dataset, 1991
5567 National Child Development Study: Sweep 5, 1991
2364 National Child Development Study: Teaching Sets, 1958-1981 -
5566 National Child Development Study: Sweep 4, 1981, and Public Examination Results, 1978
2025 National Child Development Study: Sweep 4 Feasibility Study and Tobacco Research Council Study, 1978 -
2024 Warnock Study of Handicapped School Leavers, 1976 -
1858 Social Consequences of Unemployment, 1964-1971 -
5565 National Child Development Study: Childhood Data, Sweeps 0-3, 1958-1974
5790 National Child Development Study: Sample of Essays (Sweep 2, Age 11), 1969 -
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GN 33395  |  National Child Development Study: Special Licence Access

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FAQ

What is the main objective of the NCDS?

The National Child Development Study (NCDS) is a continuing longitudinal study which is seeking to follow the lives of all those living in Great Britain who were born in one particular week in 1958. The aim of the study is to improve understanding of the factors affecting human development over the whole lifespan.

The NCDS has gathered data from respondents on child development from birth to early adolescence, child care, medical care, health, physical statistics, school readiness, home environment, educational progress, parental involvement, cognitive and social growth, family relationships, economic activity, income, training and housing.

How often are people interviewed for the survey and who is interviewed?

To date there have been seven attempts to trace all members of the birth cohort in order to monitor their physical, educational and social development. The survey sweeps were carried out in 1965 (when members were aged 7 years), in 1969 (age 11), in 1974 (age 16), in 1981 (age 23), in 1991 (age 33), 1999-2000 (age 41-42) and 2004-2005 (age 46-47). There are also a number of other datasets associated with the main NCDS - see National Child Development Study datasets.

What formats are the data available in?

The data are available in SPSS, Stata, and ASCII tab-delimited formats. The data can be requested in other formats, such as SAS.

Are the same questions asked in each wave?

The questionnaires used for each NCDS sweep do not include a large number of repeated questions. This is because the NCDS is a cohort study rather than a panel study and focuses on the progress of the cohort members (CMs) over their whole lifecourse. For each sweep, the information collected is relevant to the development of the cohort at that time point - the information collected when the CMs are seven-years old is therefore different to that collected when the CMs are aged 33. Some questions are repeated, however. These generally relate to the CM's physical attributes, health status, employment status, family relationships, housing and education.

Does the NCDS use standard coding schemes?

The data for sweep 5 contain employment histories in which occupations are coded according to various standard schemas, including SOC, KOS, CODOT, Goldthorpe social class and Registrar General's social class. There are also standard educational assessment scores such as the Southgate Group Reading Score and the Bristol Social Adjustment Guide included in the data files for sweeps 1 to 3. Data for a number of standard health indicators have also been collected over the course of the NCDS; among them, Rutter et al's Malaise Inventory and the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ).

What is the most detailed regional level I can analyse the data at?

For information on the availability of geographical variables for each of the major ESDS Longitudinal studies, see Geography variables.

Before I order, how do I find out what questions/variables are included?

Variable lists and PDF user guides (including questionnaires) are freely available from National Child Development Study datasets.

What is the file and variable naming convention?

There are no obvious naming conventions.

Related studies:

Perinatal Mortality Survey, 1958 (SN 2137)
Permanent Parental Income Dataset, 1958-1974 (SN 4128)
Multilevel Event History Analysis Training Datasets, 2003-2005 (SN 5171)
Misreported Schooling and Returns to Education, 1958-1991 (SN 5471)
British Cohort Studies Teaching Dataset for Higher Education, 1958-2000 (SN 5805)
Exploring Data, Second Edition: Teaching Datasets, 1958-2005 (SN 6096)
National Child Development Study: Sweeps 1-6, 1958-2000, Self-Reported Measures (SN 6760)
Occupational Coding for the National Child Development Study (1969, 1991-2008) and the 1970 British Cohort Study (1980, 2000-2008) (SN 7023)

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