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1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70)

Country: Great Britain (England, Scotland, Wales)

Study Design: Observational cohort with repeated measurements over time

Participant age range: Infants at enrollment

Number of participants at baseline: 17,000

Year of initial enrollment: 1970

Number of data collection waves: 9

Measures of well-being:

  • Positive psychological well-being (overall / multidimensional)

  • Flourishing

  • Positive affect

  • Purpose / meaning in life / ikigai

  • Life satisfaction

  • Social support / integration / cohesion

  • Prosocial behavior and attitudes

  • Healthy family functioning

Quantity of well-being measures (e.g., number of constructs, number of times of well-being was assessed:  High

Quality of well-being measures (e.g., were measures reliable and valid in the study population): High

Measures of physical health: 

  • Self-rated / questionnaire-based health

  • Self-report medical history or medication use

  • Measured anthropometrics, e.g., weight

  • Biomarkers

Access information:

This dataset is available to all researchers.

Researchers are not required to submit an application to access this data. There are no fees required to access this dataset.

Notable Citation: Elliott J & Shepherd P. (2006). Cohort profile: 1970 British birth cohort (BCS70). International journal of epidemiology, 35(4), 836-843.

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