Individual Study / BCS70

The 1970 British Cohort Study

The 1970 British Cohort Study

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Initiatives -
Evidence on key policy areas such as social mobility, education, training and employment, and economic insecurity. The study aimed to examine the social and biological characteristics of the mother in relation to neonatal morbidity, and to compare the results with those of the 1958 National Child Development Study.
Start Year
Economic and Social Research Council
Supplementary Information
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Investigators Contacts
  • Dr. Prof Alice Sullivan
    University College London


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Cohort members were followed-up by parental interview and examination at ages 5, 10, and 16 yr. At age 26 a postal questionnaire was sent to cohort members and they were subsequently followed-up by interview at ages 30, 34, 38, 42, 46 and 50. The Age 34 sweep had an emphasis on parenting and children, with cohort members’ own offspring taking part in the sweep.
Supplementary Information

Marker Paper

Elliott J, Shepherd P. Cohort profile: 1970 British Birth Cohort (BCS70). Int J Epidemiol. 2006;35(4):836-843. doi:10.1093/ije/dyl174

PUBMED 16931528


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
Babies born during the week of 5–11 April 1970(born in England, Scotland and Wales)


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

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