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|Title:||1970 British Cohort Study: Twenty-Six-Year Follow-Up, 1996|
|Alternative title:||BCS5; BCS70|
|Series:||1970 British Cohort Study [1970 British Cohort Study]|
|Depositor:||Bynner, J.M., City University. Social Statistics Research Unit|
|Depositor:||University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies|
Bynner, J.M., City University. Social Statistics Research Unit
University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Economic and Social Research Council
Royal Free Hospital
International Centre for Child Studies
|Grant number:||H503255003; H503255005|
Printing and distribution of questionnaires; initial data entry and editing: MORI.
Data entry for open-ended questions: Eurodata.
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.Background
The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) 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, was carried out by the National Birthday Trust Fund in association with the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Its aims were to examine the social and biological characteristics of the mother in relation to neonatal morbidity, and to compare the results with those of the National Child Development Study (NCDS), which commenced in 1958 (held separately at the UK Data Archive under GN 33004). 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 eight further 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 (held under SN 2699), aged 10, in 1980 (SN 3723), aged 16, in 1986 (SN 3535), aged 26, in 1996 (SN 3833), aged 30, 1999-2000 (SN 5558), aged 34, in 2004-2005 (SN 5585) and aged 42 in 2012 (SN 7473). The first two sweeps (at 5 and 10 years) were carried out by the Department of Child Health at Bristol University. During these times, the survey was known as the Child Health and Education Study (CHES). The 16-year survey was carried out by the International Centre for Child Studies and named Youthscan. The Social Statistics Research Unit (SSRU) became involved with the BCS70 study at this time, and eventually changed its name to the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), based at the Institute of Education, University of London. With each successive attempt, the scope of BCS70 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. Further information about the BCS70 and may be found on the Centre for Longitudinal Studies website. As well as BCS70, the CLS now also conducts the NCDS series.
A separate dataset covering response to BCS70 over all nine waves is available under SN 5641, 1970 British Cohort Study Response Dataset, 1970-2012. Users are advised to order this study alongside the other waves of BCS70.
Subsample, supplementary and related studies
A range of sub-sample and supplementary surveys have also been conducted, such as the Ten-year Follow-up Special Needs Survey (held under SN 7064) and a supplementary survey of head teachers (held under SN 5225) at the time of the 16-year follow-up in 1986. A related study, Coding of Text Data from BCS70 at 10 and 16 Years: Health Care Utilisation of School Aged Children, 1970-1986, is also held under SN 4126. The aim of this project was to code text variables from BCS70 files, selected from the ten- and 16-year follow-ups to provide information about health care utilisation by the target age group.
How to access genetic and/or bio-medical sample data from a range of longitudinal surveys:
A useful overview of the governance routes for applying for genetic and bio-medical sample data, which are not available through the UK Data Service, can be found at Governance of data and sample access on the METADAC (Managing Ethico-social, Technical and Administrative issues in Data Access) website.
|The BCS70 Twenty-Six-Year Follow-up
The twenty-six-year follow-up is the fourth full national follow-up of the BCS70 cohort. This follow-up was designed to review and evaluate young adults' (26 year) health, education, social and family environment throughout Britain. The comprehensive nature of the data gathered in this longitudinal study enables study of the effects on the 26-year old's education, health and general progress, of perinatal problems, serious childhood illnesses and critical episodes in the family or social environment.
For the fifth edition (June 2016) a small number of primary identifiers (BCSID) have been changed to realign them to previous sweeps of data. See the documentation for full details of the work done.
The questionnaire included the following topics: qualifications and skills; training; employment and earnings ; unemployment and periods out of the labour market; relationships, marriage and children; housing and household; health and health-related behaviour; and the views of cohort members about topics such as law and order, politics, jobs, and marriage and family.
The attitude questions included in the questionnaire employ Likert-like scales, and the coding of occupation includes Cambridge and Hope-Goldthorpe scale scores.
|Dates of fieldwork:||April 1996 - September 1996|
No spatial unit
|Kind of data:||
Individual (micro) level
BCS70 cohort members who were able to be traced.
BCS70 cohort members for whom a current address was available. The BCS70 Twenty six-year Follow-up targeted all those who were members of the original BCS70 cohort sample. This included those who had been in the original birth survey, those who had been in all subsequent follow-ups, including immigrants and others traced for the first time though schools and health authorities.
|Number of units:||13,475 (target) 9,003 (obtained)|
|Method of data collection:||
|Weighting:||No weighting used|
|ADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||AGE||ALCOHOL USE|
|ASTHMA||ATTITUDES||BRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES|
|BRONCHITIS||CANCER||CARE OF DEPENDANTS|
|CENSORSHIP||CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION||CHILDREN|
|DIGESTIVE SYSTEM DISORDERS||DISABILITIES||DISABLED PERSONS|
|DIVORCE||DOMESTIC RESPONSIBILITIES||ECONOMIC ACTIVITY|
|EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND||EDUCATIONAL CERTIFICATES||EMPLOYEES|
|EMPLOYER-SPONSORED TRAINING||EMPLOYMENT HISTORY||EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMMES|
|EMPLOYMENT||EPILEPSY||EQUAL RIGHTS OF MEN AND WOMEN|
|FAMILY MEMBERS||FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT||GENDER|
|GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION||GENERAL CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION||GREAT BRITAIN|
|HEIGHT (PHYSIOLOGY)||HOME OWNERSHIP||HOURS OF WORK|
|HOUSING TENURE||INCOME DISTRIBUTION||INDUSTRIES|
|INJURIES||INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS||JOB DESCRIPTION|
|JOB HUNTING||LANDLORDS||LAW ENFORCEMENT|
|OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS||OCCUPATIONAL TRAINING||OCCUPATIONS|
|ORDINARY LEVEL EXAMINATIONS||PARENTS||PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT|
|PRISON SENTENCES||QUALIFICATIONS||RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION|
|RENTED ACCOMMODATION||RESIDENTIAL MOBILITY||RESPIRATORY TRACT DISEASES|
|SCOTTISH CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION||SCOTTISH CERTIFICATE OF SIXTH YEAR STUDIES||SEIZURES|
|SPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITY||SPOUSES||STANDARD OF LIVING|
|UNEMPLOYMENT||UROGENITAL DISORDERS||VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATES|
|VOTING INTENTION||WAGES||WEIGHT (PHYSIOLOGY)|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||21 May 1998|
|Latest edition:||23 June 2016 (5th Edition)|
|Copyright:||Copyright Centre for Longitudinal Studies, Bedford Group, Institute of Education, University of London|
The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage.
Additional special conditions of use also apply. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
A fully documented database, which will contain all BCS70 data, is in preparation at CLS and will also be made available via the UK Data Service. Until then, it is possible to obtain data not already held here from the CLS directly via:
BCS70 User Support Group, Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H OAL.
Tel: 0207 612 6864
Fax: 0207 612 6880
Further information may also be found on the Centre for Longitudinal Studies website.
|Availability:||UK Data Service|
|Contact:||Get in touch|
|Title||File Name||Size (KB)|
|Derived Variables at 1996 Sweep (26-Year Follow-up)||bcs70_derived_variables_at_1996_sweep.pdf||343|
|Revised Region Variables||bcs70_revised_region_variables.pdf||461|
|CLS Confidentiality and Data Security Review||cls_confidentiality_and_data_security_review.pdf||49|
|NCDS and BCS70 Populations and Samples Over Time||ncds_and_bcs70populationsandsamplesovertime.pdf||563|
|Realignment of BCS70 identifiers||realignment_of_bcs70_identifiers_documentation.pdf||532|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_3833_Information.htm||7|
By principal investigator(s):
Publications based on BCS70 may be found on the Centre for Longitudinal Studies website.
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