Since your parents were first interviewed when you were born, there have been nine further surveys of BCS70 study members. In 2020, we will start the 10th survey, at age 50.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this important research. The information you have all provided is incredibly valuable. Not only is it helping us to understand the immediate implications of the pandemic, but it will also enable us to track the long term effects, as we continue to follow your lives into the future.
The Life in Your Early 50s Survey (previously known as the Age 50 Survey) has now started. It will take us around 12 months to get round to interviewing you all, so it may be some months before you receive your invitation to take part.
The Age 46-48 Survey took place between July 2016 and July 2018 and had a particular focus on health. Just over 8,500 of you took part.
The Age 42 Survey took place between May 2012 and April 2013, and almost 10,000 of you took part. It was the first survey to capture what your lives are like in middle age.
The Age 38 Survey took place between October 2008 to May 2009. Just under 9,000 took part.
The Age 34 Survey took place between February 2004 and June 2005. Just under 10,000 of you took part. At this age we also asked those of you who were parents to tell us a bit more about your children’s lives.
The Age 30 Survey took place between 1999 and 2000. The survey sought to continue to follow your journey through adulthood. Just over 11,000 of you took part.
The Age 26 Survey took place in 1996. This was the first adult survey and aimed to find out what you were doing in your mid-20s. Around 9,000 of you took part.
The Age 16 Survey took place in 1986, capturing information on continued social, physical and educational development throughout your teenage years. Almost 12,000 of you took part.
The Age 10 Survey took place between 1980 and 1981, with nearly 15,000 of you taking part. The survey examined mid-childhood health, care, education, social and family circumstances.
The Age 5 Survey took place during 1975. Just over 13,000 of you took part. Your parents provided information on your development, and pre-school education and health care.
More than 17,000 babies and their parents took part in the very first survey of BCS70 in April 1970. The survey was focused on the health of mothers and their newly born babies.
There have been a number of ‘sub-studies’ that have collected information from a smaller number of study members on special topics, such as child development and adult basic skills.