Six-day sample study: Scotland in Miniature

About this project

The 6-Day Sample was designed to be a cross-section of the children born in Scotland in 1936, and consisted of the 1,208 pupils born on the first day of each alternate month and tested individually in the Scottish Mental Survey 1947. They were followed up for 16 years, from age 11 to 27, with measures of intelligence, personality, education, illnesses, families, employment, interests and hobbies.

This study aims to use UK and Scottish national databases to trace members of the 6-Day Sample, to link with other records of health and vital life events, and recruit surviving members into a new study connecting their life histories with quality of life, cognition, health and wellbeing in old age.

Jane Elliott, former Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, lead a work package focusing on collecting life narratives from a sub-sample of the cohort members. This built on previous in-depth qualitative interviewing with members of the 1958 cohort, the 1946 cohort and the Hertfordshire Cohort Study.

This study was funded for three years from October 2011 by the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing initiative.

CLS contact

Jane Elliott,

Chief Executive, ESRC

Jane was the former Director the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and the Director of the collaborative CLOSER (Cohorts and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) programme. Her main research interests include gender and employment, women’s careers, longitudinal research methodology, combining qualitative and quantitative research and narrative. Email Jane

Project lead:

Ian Deary, Director of the Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology