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NSHD: Summary of Data Collected

YearsAims of the Study National Policy Problems Type of Data Collected Cohort Ages at contact
1946\\BirthTo show the cost of and care in pregnancy and childbirth.Costs of maternity, reason for falling fertility.Ante- and post-natal care, the costs of care, the weight and survival of the baby, and the socioeconomic circumstances of the family.Birth
1947-1950\\1-4 yearsTo see whether initial social class differences in size were reflected in growth, and to show the effectiveness of maternal, as well as community maternal and child welfare care.Social class differences in maternal and child mortality and morbidity.Measures of height and weight, use of health services and kindergartens, maternal care, morbidity, socio-economic and family circumstances.2 and 4 years
1951-1961\\5-15 yearsTo study family and environmental effects on growth and educational attainment, and the effects of the education system.Increasing the national level of educational attainment. The 'waste of talent' problem, i.e. the apparently low recruitment of high IQ children from poor socioeconomic circumstances into higher education.Health measures by school doctors, reports by teachers on temperament and behaviour, and on parents' interest in education, measures of cognitive function and educational attainment, socio-economic and family circumstances.6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13 and 15 years
1962-1981\\16-35 years To study the occupational and earnings outcomes of education and cognitive development, and pathways to ability, attainment, and respiratory disease.Outcomes of education in terms of occupational choice and skills, effects of atmospheric pollution.Occupation, earnings, social attitudes, respiratory disease, morbidity, and child rearing16, 19, 20, 22, 24, 24, 26 and 31 years
1982-2000\\36-54 yearsTo study pathways to physical and cognitive ageing using data collected throughout life, and change in women's health during the menopause transition.Ageing processes, self care of health, receptivity to health promotion.New baseline data on adult function established (e.g. blood pressure, respiratory, cognitive and musculoskeletal function), health of the reproductive system in women, and continuing data collection on morbidity, health related behaviours, use of health services, socioeconomic and family circumstances.36,43 and 53 years 47-54 years (postal questionnaires to women only)
2006-2011\\60-65 years[[|A description of the data collected at the most recent wave can be found here]]
2014-2016\\68-70 yearsTo identify social and biological factors that affect lifelong health, ageing and the development of chronic disease riskAgeing processes, care giving and receivingContinuing to collect data on adult function (e.g. blood pressure, respiratory, cognitive and musculoskeletal function), morbidity, health related behaviours, use of health and social services, socioeconomic and life circumstances, functional limitation, difficulties with daily household and personal tasks.68 years - Postal questionnaire\\69-70 years - Home visit