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"Relationship between childhood and mental well-being in adulthood"

The dataset which will be explored as part of this exercise is b034malaise.sav, a subset of data from the BCS70.

This longitudinal dataset includes information allowing you to look at the relationship between socio-economic circumstances in childhood and mental well-being in adulthood over time. The file contains 135 variables, representing information collected from cohort members’ birth in 1970 up to 2004, when they had reached age 34.

Data collected:

  • from birth are provided by the cohort members’ mothers
  • at age 5, age 10 and age 16 were collected from the mother (or father)
  • at age 26, 30 and 34 the cohort member themselves provided the information

There are:

  • 18,732 cohort members in the dataset
  • 9,740 (52 per cent) are men
  • 8,984 (48 per cent) are women
  • 8 did not have a sex recorded at their premature birth

The number of cohort members answering at least one Malaise question were:

  • 5,539 at age 16
  • 8,968 at age 26
  • 11,112 at age 30 
  • 9,598 at age 34
  • 6,360 answered at least one Malaise question at age 26, 30 and 34
  • 2,970 answered at least one Malaise question at age 16, 26, 30 and 34.

To enable the information included here to be cross-referenced with the original questionnaire documentation, original variable names are included in the variable label.

This file can also be merged with the b016mothermalaise.sav file to look at the relationship between a mother and her child’s mental well-being.

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