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Why are NCDS study members so special?

Life for your generation is different to the lives of your parents and grandparents and to the lives of younger generations. So, we follow your lives to understand and learn from your special generation. You were educated during a period when there was considerable debate about the nature of primary schooling, selection for secondary school […]

Why have I been specially chosen?

In the 1950s there was a lot of concern about the number of babies born with abnormalities, or dying very early in life. Doctors and others wished to examine the factors associated with good health in mothers and babies.  It was decided that the best way to do this would be to study all the […]

Why should I take part?

By taking part in NCDS, you’re helping to shape society and to make life better for your generation and the next. Politicians, teachers, doctors, nurses, social workers and others use findings from the study to improve services and policies to help people like you. Find out more about how the study has made a difference. […]

Who else takes part?

More than 18,000 study members have taken part in NCDS since it started. As you were growing up, your parents or guardians will also have taken part in the study.  During your time at school information was also collected from your teachers.  For 1 in 3 of you, if you had a husband, wife or […]