Individual Study / NCDS

National Child Development Study

National Child Development Study

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Initiatives -
By following 1958 generation throughout their lives, researchers are able to understand: 1. how our experiences as children affect how we turn out as adults; 2. how different areas of our lives, such as health, wealth, family, education and employment, are linked; 3. how these aspects of life vary for people from different walks of life. Over the course of cohort members’ lives, we have collected information on their physical and educational development, economic circumstances, employment, family life, health behaviour, wellbeing, social participation and attitudes. **General contact:**
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Economic and Social Research Council
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Investigators Contacts
  • Prof. Alissa Goodman
    Institute for Fisical Studies -IFS


Study design
Population cohort
Follow Up
Since the initial birth sweep, NCDS cohort members have been followed up ten times. The next sweep will take place in 2020 – 2021 when the cohort members will be in their early sixties.Follow-up surveys at 7, 11, 16, 20, 23, 33, 42, 44, 46, 50, 55 and 62.
Supplementary Information

Marker Paper

Power C, Elliott J. Cohort profile: 1958 British birth cohort (National Child Development Study). Int J Epidemiol. 2006 Feb;35(1):34-41. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyi183. Epub 2005 Sep 9.

PUBMED 16155052


Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
Number of participants with biosamples
Supplementary Information
People born in England, Scotland and Wales in a single week


Availability of data and biosamples


Availability of access information

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