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The UK National Child Developmental Study(NCDS) is a continuing longitudinal study that seeks to follow the lives of all those living in Great Britain who were born in one particular week in 1958. The aim of the study is to improve understanding of the factors affecting human development over the whole lifespan.

There have been seven attempts to trace all members of the birth cohort in order to monitor their physical, educational and social development.

The first three sweeps were carried out by the National Children's Bureau in 1965, 1969 and 1974. In 1985 the NCDS moved to the Social Statistics Research Unit (SSRU) - now known as the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) - and the fifth sweep was carried out in 1991. The sixth sweep was conducted in 1999-2000 and the seventh in 2004.

It is possible to register and gain access to the data


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The ESRC United Kingdom Longitudinal Studies Centre NCDS


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