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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. BCS70 is a continuing, multi-disciplinary longitudinal study which takes as its subjects all those living in England, Scotland and Wales who were born in one particular week in April 1970.
Main Topics/Subject Category
Household, housing, relationships, children, pregnancy history, lone parenthood, infertility, adopted children, family, social relationships and support, family income, including sources of income other than work, employment, health etc.
Great Britain, abortion (induced), accidents, adopted children, advanced level examinations, advanced supplementary level examinations, age, alcohol consumption, alcoholic drinks, alcoholism, allergies, anger, anxiety, arrest, assault, associations, asthma, attitudes, basic education, programmes, british political parties, business and technology education council awards, businesses, cancer, cannabis, cardiovascular, diseases, care of dependants, career development, censorship, central government, cereal products, certificate of secondary education, charitable organizations, child care, child day care, child psychology, child support payments, children, chronic illness, citizenship skills, city and guilds of london institute awards.cocaine, cohabitation, communication skills, communities, commuting, company cars, computers, confectionery, contraceptive devices, death penalty, debilitative illness, decision making, degrees, depression, diabetes, diet and nutrition, digestive system disorders, disabled persons, diseases, divorce, domestic responsibilities, domestic violence, driving licences, drug abuse, eating disorders, economic activity, ecstasy (drug), edible fats, educational background, educational certificates, educational institutions, eggs (as food), employees, employment, employment history, environmental degradation, environmental movements, epilepsy, equality before the law, ethnic groups, exercise, family environment, family roles, fathers, fatigue (physiology), fear, fecundity, fields of study, finance, financial resources, financial support, fish (as food), foster care, friends, fringe benefits, further education, gender, general certificate of education, general certificate of secondary education, general national vocational qualification, grandchildren, gynaecology, hallucinogenic drugs, happiness, health, health services, hearing aids, hearing impairments, height (physiology), hernias, heroin, higher education higher national certificate/diploma, holidays, home ownership, homelessness, hospital services hospitalization, household budgets, households, housing, housing tenure, illegitimate births, income, income distribution industries, injuries, interpersonal influence, interpersonal relations, job security, judgments (legal), landlords
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Public health
Data Available
Data collecting organization (s)
University of London. Institute of Education. Centre for longitudinal Studies
Data Type
Survey (longitudinal)
Coverage (date of field work)
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2008
Unit of Analysis
11,261 cases in 1999-2000.
UK Data Archive, ESDS longitudinal
Conditions of Access
Free registration access