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1970 British Cohort Study

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1970 British Cohort Study

The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) is a continuing, multi-disciplinary longitudinal survey monitoring the development of babies born in the UK in one particular week in April 1970.


Since the start of the BCS70, seven full sets of data have been collected in 1970, 1975, 1980, 1986, 1996, 1999/2000 and 2004/2005. An eighth survey is taking place in 2012, with the participants at age 42.

The first wave in 1970, called the

The scope of the BCS70 has been broadened in the course of the different surveys. While the focus was on medical aspects at birth, factors such as physical, educational, social and economic development were subsequently taken into account.[2]

Methodology and scope

The primary method of data collection cnsists of face-to-face interviews (with the parents), self-completion questionnaires and psychological and educational measurements. The sample size included about 17,000 babies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland born in 1970.[3]

Survey results

The findings from the BCS70 have been included in numerous publications, a list of which can be found

Re-using the data

The data and additional study information are available on the website of the register in order to access the download section.


External links

  • CLS website
  • ESDS Longitudinal website
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