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|Title:||1970 British Cohort Study: Twenty-Six-Year Follow-Up, 1996: Geographical Identifiers: Secure Access|
|Alternative title:||Title: BCS5; BCS70|
|Series:||1970 British Cohort Study [1970 British Cohort Study, 1980-: Secure Access]|
|Depositor:||University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies|
University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for Longitudinal Studies
Economic and Social Research Council
Office for National Statistics
Department for Education and Skills
Department for Work and Pensions
Department of Health
Northern Ireland Executive
Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources
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Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.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. The most recent sweep of the BCS70 was conducted by TNS-BMRB from 2012-2013. CLS will carry out new surveys of the BCS70 cohort at age 46 in 2016, and age 50 in 2020.
Further information about the BCS70 may be found on the Centre for Longitudinal Studies website.
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|The 1970 British Cohort Study: Twenty-six-Year Follow-Up, 1996: Geographical Identifiers: Secure Access data held under SN 8213 includes detailed sweep 5 geographical variables that can be linked to the main End User Licence data available under SN 3833 - 1970 British Cohort Study: Twenty-six-Year Follow-Up, 1996.
Repair work to the postcode level information held for BCS 1980 was required prior to the production of this dataset, and involved extracting and coding addresses from original forms for this sweep. The work was funded and carried out by the Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources (CLOSER). For further information about CLOSER see www.closer.ac.uk.
For the second edition (December 2017), a replacement file including updated Parliamentary constituency boundaries, which more closely reflect the year of interview, has been deposited.
The study includes the following variables:
|Time period:||1996 - 1996|
|Dates of fieldwork:||BSC5: April 1996 - September 1996|
Government Office Regions
Westminster Parliamentary Constituencies
Super Output Areas (Lower Layer)
Super Output Areas (Middle Layer)
Local Authority Districts
|Kind of data:||
Individual (micro) level
All children in England, Scotland and Wales born in one week in 1970.
No sampling (total universe)
|Number of units:||8,458 cases|
|Method of data collection:||
Compilation or synthesis of existing material
|Weighting:||No weighting used.|
The following data sources have been used to compile this dataset:
|Date of release:|
|First edition:||25 August 2017|
|Latest edition:||19 December 2017 (2nd Edition)|
|Copyright:||Copyright Centre for Longitudinal Studies|
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|Title||File Name||Size (KB)|
|UK Data Archive Data Dictionary||8213_ukda_data_dictionary.pdf||333|
|Guide to Geographic Identifiers, 2017, 2nd edition||data_note_bcs70_pre_2000_geographically_linked_data.pdf||313|
|Study information and citation||UKDA_Study_8213_Information.htm||7|
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