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The UK Birth Cohort Study of environment, development, health and wellbeing: interim contract

Document type: Projects: In progress/completed
Document language: English
Uploaded By: Allan Colver (allancolver)
Date Uploaded: 2012/01/11 11:28:42.480 GMT+1
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Basic Information

Authors: Professor Carol Dezateux
Published on Date: 2011
Funding source project: The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

The UK Birth Cohort Study (BCS) is an innovative interdisciplinary research study which will track social, health and biological information for over 100,000 UK babies and their families from all walks of life through pregnancy, birth and their early years. Developed by an interdisciplinary group of leading UK scientists, it will collect extensive information on the health, development and life circumstances of a new generation of children born in the UK. Engagement with policy-makers, practitioners and users will ensure that new knowledge gained will improve the lives of children now and in the future.

This study will create a rich longitudinal data resource comprising social and biological measures, and biological samples, and linked routine health and administrative data that can be used to address hypotheses regarding early life origins of health and disease, and of physical, psychological and social well-being.The BCS will also support specific research questions relevant to the following broad themes:

  • social inequality and its impact on the life course
  • employment and the economic security of families
  • ethnicity, kinship and identity
  • parental health and wellbeing
  • child health, physical, cognitive and non-cognitive development and education
  • childhood growth, obesity, nutrition and physical activity
  • the built environment, including environmental pollutants.

Riche Classification

Demography: All , Gestation: , Perinatal: , Neonatal: , Infant (first year of life / baby not walking): , Young (pre-school ) child (including those attending Kindergarten / playgroup / child care) , Conception , Perinatal 0-6 days , Neonatal: 0-27 days ,
Population Groups: Socio-economic status ,
Child Related Topics: Family type ,
Health issues, determinants and measures: Food and nourishment , Food and nutrition ,
Languages and Geographical Perspective: English ,
Study type / scale / state of progress / setting: Longitudinal study - cohort, trend, panel , Ongoing ,