MCS Age 14 initial findings

Initial findings from the Millennium Cohort Study Age 14 Survey

Through the Millennium Cohort Study we have been following the lives of over 19, 500 children since they were born in the UK at the turn of the new century. We carry out regular surveys to collect information about participants’ physical, socio-emotional, cognitive and behavioural development over time, alongside detailed information on their daily life, behaviour and experiences.

The most recent survey took place when participants were aged 14. Between now and January 2018, we will be publishing our initial findings from the age 14 survey. These will cover a range of themes, from levels of obesity to teenage aspirations. You can read the first of them here:

What influences vocabulary?

This paper investigates:

  • the extent to which parents’ English language skills are passed on to their children,
  • the influence of factors like parents’ level of education and ethnicity on children’s language development, and
  • the association between reading for pleasure and young people’s level of vocabulary.

Read the briefing paper.

Read the full working paper, The intergenerational transmission of vocabulary 


Child overweight and obesity

This paper reveals:

  • 20 per cent of MCS participants were obese at age 14 and a further 15 per cent were overweight.
  • Between 11 and 14, most participants stayed in the same weight category. Boys were slightly more likely to have become normal weight than overweight or obese, while the opposite was the case for girls.
  • 14-year-olds whose mothers had a low level of education were more likely to be of excess weight than those whose mothers had a degree.

Read the briefing paper.

Read the full working paper, Child overweight and obesity - initial findings from the Millennium Cohort Study Age 14 Survey


The university and occupational aspirations of UK teenagers

This paper shows:

  • Girls thought they had a 71 per cent chance of going to university, and 14 per cent of girls were 100 per cent certain they would go
  • Boys were less sure; their average expectation was 63 per cent, and just under 10 per cent were absolutely convinced they would get to university.
  • Compared to boys, the average hourly wage for the occupations that girls aspired to was a striking 27 per cent or £6.49 lower.

Read the briefing paper

Read the full working paper, ‘Is the future female? Educational and occupational aspirations of teenage boys and girls in the UK’