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  • User guides can also be found on the surveys and documentation pages for NCDS, BCS70 and MCS.

BCS 42-month Sub-Survey - Guide to Dataset

Author:   Dept.of Child Health, University of Bristol

Description:  This is the Guide to the BCS70 22-month sub-survey dataset, deposited at the UK Data Archive

Date published:   01/12/1973

Date posted:   25/05/2005

BCS70 user guide: 2004 adult literacy and numeracy assessment data

Author:   Samantha Parsons

Description:  

This user guide accompanies data collected from literacy and numeracy assessments completed in the 2004 survey of the 1970 British Cohort Study. The literacy and numeracy assessments, which all BCS70 cohort members participating at age 34 completed, combined two methods of questioning: (1) open-response literacy and numeracy questions previously used to assess BCS70 cohort members’ functional literacy and numeracy skills at age 21, and (2) multiple-choice questions extracted from the 2002 Skills for Life Survey.

Date published:   08/08/2012

Date posted:   08/08/2012

BCS70 user guide: 2004 data on assessment of symptoms associated with dyslexia

Author:   Samantha Parsons

Description:  

The age 34 survey of the 1970 British Cohort Study assessed symptoms associated with dyslexia using the Dyslexia Adult Screening Test (DAST). This guide provides details of the four exercises completed by cohort members, as well as information on how to calculate the DAST 'at risk quotient' score.

Date published:   03/09/2012

Date posted:   03/09/2012

BCS70 user guide: Activity Histories (1986-2008)

Author:   HANCOCK, M

Description:  

This document accompanies the deposit of the derived dataset of partnership histories from the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008/9 surveys of the 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70). Data on work and non-work activities lasting one month or more have been collected in all BCS70 sweeps from sweep5 (age 26) onwards. The purpose of the BCS70 activity histories dataset is to merge all data on work and non-work activities, in the successive sweeps, into one longitudinal dataset.

Date published:   16/02/2012

Date posted:   16/02/2012

BCS70 user guide: Guide to the 2004 datasets

Author:  

Brian Dodgeon, Jane Elliott, Margaret Hancock, Jon Johnson, Samantha Parsons and Peter Shepherd

Description:  

This guide was prepared to accompany the deposit of the NCDS 2004/05 dataset at the UK Data Archive in January 2007.  It gives a comprehensive overview of the survey process and the data itself: the design, instruments, content, fieldwork, timetable, data coding and editing.

Date published:   15/02/2006

Date posted:   15/02/2007

BCS70 user guide: Partnership histories (1986-2008)

Author:   HANCOCK, M

Description:  

This document accompanies the deposit of the derived dataset of partnership histories from the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008/9 surveys of the 1970 British Cohort Study. Data on live-in relationships lasting one month or more have been collected in all BCS70 sweeps from sweep6 (age 30) as well as data on current live-in relationship at sweep5 (age 23). The purpose of the BCS70 partnership histories is to merge all data on live-in relationships in successive sweeps into one longitudinal dataset.

Date published:   16/02/2012

Date posted:   16/02/2012

MCS Birth Registration and Maternity Hospital Records User Guide

Author:   Christine Hockley, Maria Quigley, Jon Johnson, Rachel Rosenberg, Carol Dezateux, Heather Joshi

Description:  

Date published:   01/02/2007

Date posted:   16/11/2007

MCS user guide: Analysing and weighting MCS data using SPSS

Author:   Elizabeth M. Jones & Sosthenes C. Ketende

Description:  

This document describes how to use the Complex Sample settings in SPSS (aka weights) to analyse data from the Millennium Cohort Study (MCS). It describes how to set up Complex Samples Plan files, analyse data using the CS Plans and perform subgroup analyses using CS Plans. These are shown both through menus and syntax. The document is aimed at those who are already familiar with SPSS, but not with using its Complex Samples module.

Date published:   16/11/2010

Date posted:   16/11/2010

MCS user guide: Guide to the datasets for the first, second third and fourth surveys (5th edition)

Author:   Kirstine Hansen, Ed.

Description:  

This document reviews the background to the data collection for the first four surveys of the Millennium Cohort, from its commissioning by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in early 2000 to the latest deposit in the ESRC Data Archive in March 2010. It covers the development and design of the project, the pilot surveys and the main fieldwork in all four UK countries, the subsequent coding and data preparation, along with an explanation of the datasets.

Date published:   28/03/2010

Date posted:   28/03/2010

MCS user guide: MCS data analysis using STATA

Author:   KETENDE, S and JONES, E

Description:  

This document describes how to use STATA to analyse data from the Millennium Cohort Study. It includes sections on the software; preparing and setting data for analysis; generating variables; weighting; and descriptive, multivariate, country-specific and sub-group analyses.

Date published:   12/03/2012

Date posted:   12/03/2012