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|Title:||National Child Development Study: Biomedical Data, 2002-2004: Special Licence Access|
|Series:||National Child Development Study [National Child Development Study: Special Licence Access]|
|Depositor:||University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies|
University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Medical Research Council
The Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) would like to thank the National Child Development Study (NCDS) cohort members, without whom the biomedical survey would not have been possible. Their continuing participation and goodwill is
greatly appreciated by everyone connected with the survey.
We would also like to acknowledge the contribution of the following to the
success of the biomedical survey:
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.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. The aim of the study is to improve understanding of the factors affecting human development over the whole lifespan.
The NCDS has its origins in the Perinatal Mortality Survey (PMS) (the original PMS study is held at the UK Data Archive (UKDA) under SN 2137). This study was sponsored by the National Birthday Trust Fund and designed to examine the social and obstetric factors associated with stillbirth and death in early infancy among the 17,000 children born in England, Scotland and Wales in that one week. Selected data from the PMS form NCDS sweep 0, held alongside NCDS sweeps 1-3, under SN 5565.
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 first three sweeps were carried out by the National Children's Bureau, in 1965, when respondents were aged 7, in 1969, aged 11, in 1974, aged 16 (these sweeps form NCDS1-3, held together with NCDS0 under SN 5565). The fourth sweep, NCDS4, was conducted in 1981, when respondents were aged 23 (held under SN 5566). In 1985 the NCDS moved to the Social Statistics Research Unit (SSRU) - now known as the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) - and the fifth sweep was carried out in 1991, when respondents were aged 33, (NCDS5, held under SN 5567). For the sixth wave, conducted in 1999-2000, when respondents were aged 41-42 (NCDS6, held under SN 5578), fieldwork was combined with the 1999-2000 wave of the 1970 Birth Cohort Study (BCS70), which is also conducted by CLS (and held at the UKDA under GN 33229).
Two separate datasets covering response to NCDS over all nine waves are available. National Child Development Deaths Dataset, 1958-2014: Special Licence Access (SN 7717) covers deaths and National Child Development Study Response Dataset, 1958-2005 (SN 5560) covers all other responses and outcomes. Users are advised to order these studies alongside the other waves of NCDS.
In addition to the main NCDS sweeps, some further studies have also been conducted. In 1978, a postal survey was conducted of the schools attended by members of the birth cohort at the time of the third follow-up of 1974, in order to obtain details of public examination entry and performance. Similar details were also sought from sixth-form and further education colleges etc., where these were identified by schools. Also, a 37-year sample survey of the NCDS cohort, focusing on basic skills, is held under SN 4992.
The UKDA also holds a number of NCDS-related files (for example, of data collected in the course of a special study of handicapped school-leavers, at age 18 (held under SN 2024) and the data from a 5% feasibility study, conducted at age 20 (held under SN 2025), which preceded NCDS4. A parent migration dataset, based on NCDS5, is held under SN 4324, and a study detailing partnership histories, compiled from NCDS sweeps 5 and 6, is held under SN 5217.
Further information about the full NCDS series can be found on the Centre for Longitudinal Studies website.
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 NCDS biomedical survey was funded under the MRC 'Health of the Public' initiative, and was carried out in collaboration with the Institute of Child Health, St George's Hospital Medical School, and NatCen. The survey was designed to obtain objective measures of ill-health and biomedical risk factors in order to address a wide range of specific hypotheses relating to anthropometry: cardiovascular, respiratory and allergic diseases; visual and hearing impairment; and mental ill-health.
Users interested in the medication data, including BNF codes, should note that these variables are not currently part of this dataset. Potential users should instead contact the Centre for Longitudinal Studies ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Biomedical data were gathered from a number of biomedical measurements administered by nurses, including: near, distance and stereo vision; hearing; lung function; blood pressure and pulse, height and weight; and waist and hip circumference. A short mental health interview was also administered, and samples of blood and saliva were taken.
|Dates of fieldwork:||September 2002 - March 2004|
Government Office Regions
|Kind of data:||
Individual (micro) level
All NCDS cohort members who had responded to sweeps 4, 5 or 6. For further details of the NCDS sample, see documentation.
No sampling (total universe)
|Method of data collection:||
Face-to-face interview; Self-completion; Psychological measurements; Clinical measurements; Physical measurements
|Weighting:||No weighting used.|
|AGE||ALCOHOL USE||ALCOHOLIC DRINKS|
|BLOOD||BODY CIRCUMFERENCE MEASUREMENTS||CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES|
|CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM||CHILD NEGLECT||CHILDREN|
|CLINICAL TESTS AND MEASUREMENTS||COFFEE (BEVERAGE)||COHABITATION|
|CONTRACEPTIVE DEVICES||CYCLING||DAIRY PRODUCTS|
|DRINKING BEHAVIOUR||ECONOMIC ACTIVITY||EMOTIONAL STATES|
|ENGLAND||EXERCISE (PHYSICAL ACTIVITY)||EXPOSURE TO THE SUN|
|EYESIGHT TESTS||FATHERS||FATIGUE (PHYSIOLOGY)|
|FEAR||FINANCIAL RESOURCES||FISH (AS FOOD)|
|FOOD AND NUTRITION||FOOD SUPPLEMENTS||FRIENDS|
|HEARING AIDS||HEARING IMPAIRMENTS||HEIGHT (PHYSIOLOGY)|
|HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY||HOUSEHOLDS||HOUSING TENURE|
|HYSTERECTOMY||LEARNING DISABILITIES||LIFE EVENTS|
|MARITAL STATUS||MARRIAGE DISSOLUTION||MEDICINAL DRUGS|
|MEMORY DISORDERS||MENSTRUATION||MENTAL HEALTH|
|PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES||PHYSICAL DISABILITIES||PREGNANCY|
|READING SKILLS||RESPIRATORY SYSTEM||RESPIRATORY TRACT DISEASES|
|SLEEP DISORDERS||SLIMMING DIETS||SMOKING|
|SOCIAL CLASS||SOCIAL PARTICIPATION||SOCIAL SUPPORT|
|TRAVEL||VISION IMPAIRMENTS||VISUALLY IMPAIRED PERSONS|
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||20 January 2009|
|Copyright:||Centre for Longitudinal Studies|
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Additional special conditions of use also apply. See terms and conditions of access for further information. In addition, the UK Data Service is required to request permission from the depositor prior to supplying the data.
Since these data pose a higher risk of disclosure than data made available under the standard End User Licence they have additional special conditions attached to them that take the form of a Special Licence (SL). The SL requires the completion of an additional application form, agreement to the conditions of the SL, the signature(s) of the researcher(s), and the explicit permission of the data owners to release the data to the researcher(s). This is to ensure that the guarantee of confidentiality given to survey respondents is protected. SL applications are screened by the UK Data Service and the data owners and data are only released to those researchers requiring data for statistical research purposes and who can justify their need for the SL data.
Researchers are required to keep the data under conditions of greater security than required under the standard End User Licence. The guide, Microdata handling and security: guide to good practice, explains how to meet these conditions.
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|CLS Confidentiality and Data Security Review||cls_confidentiality_and_data_security_review.pdf||49|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_5594_Information.htm||6|
By principal investigator(s):
A searchable bibliography may be found on the Centre for Longitudinal Studies web site.
Resulting from secondary analysis:
Feinstein, L., Lupton, R., Hammond, C., Mujtaba, T., Salter, E., and Sorhaindo, A. (2008) The public value of social housing: a longitudinal analysis of the relationship between housing and life chances, London: The Smith Institute.
Lupton, R., Tunstall, R., Sigle-Rushton, W., Obolenskaya, P., Sabates, R., Meschi, E., Kneale, D., and Salter, E. (2009) Growing up in social housing in Britain: a profile of four generations from 1946 to the present day, London: The Tenant Services Authority.
Taulbut, M. and Walsh, D. (2013) Poverty, parenting and poor health: comparing early years' experiences in Scotland, England and three city regions, Glasgow Centre for Population Health, February. Retrieved August 2, 2013 from http://www.gcph.co.uk/assets/0000/3817/Poverty__parenting_and_poor_health.pdf