Children of the 1950's study: Aberdeen birth cohort



The Children of the 1950s study is a population-based resource for the study of biological and social influences on health across the life-course and between generations.

Comprising individuals born in Aberdeen, Scotland between 1950 and 1956, this cohort is based on the 12,150 people who took part in the Aberdeen Child Development Survey, a cross-sectional study in a population of all children who were attending an Aberdeen primary school in December 1962. The data collected include information on birth weight, childhood height and weight, tests of cognition and behavioural disorder, and a range of multi-level socio-economic indicators.

We have been successful in ascertaining the current vital status and whereabouts of 98.5% of the 12,150 subjects (6276 males, 5874 females) with full baseline data. The large majority (81%) of study participants still reside in Scotland and the majority (73%) have remained in the Grampian region which incorporates Aberdeen.

Linkages to hospital admissions and other health endpoints captured through the routine Scottish Morbidity Records system have been completed. A postal questionnaire to all surviving cohort members has also been distributed, with a response proportion of 63%.
Date made available2004
PublisherUniversity of Aberdeen
Temporal coverage1950

Research Output

Maternal gestational weight gain and offspring's risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality

Bhattacharya, S., McNeill, G., Raja, E. A., Allan, K., Clark, H., Reynolds, R. M., Norman, J. & Hannaford, P. C., 30 Sep 2016, In : Heart. 102, 18, p. 1456-1463 8 p.

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    Development of an AFASS assessment and screening tool towards prevention of Mother-To-Child HIV transmission in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Delphi Survey

    Adegbehingbe, S., Paul-Ebhohimhen, V. & Marais, D., 2012, In : BMC Public Health. 12, p. 402

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    Childhood behaviour problems and health at midlife: 35-year follow-up of a Scottish birth cohort.

    von Stumm, S., DEARY, I. J., Kivimaki, M., jokela, M., Clark, H. & Batty, G. D., Sep 2011, In : Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 52, 9, p. 992-1001 10 p.

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  • 41 Citations (Scopus)

    Intelligence, social class of origin, childhood behavior disturbance and education as predictors of status attainment in midlife in men The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s study

    von Stumm, S., Macintyre, S., Batty, D. G., Clark, H. & Deary, I. J., Jan 2010, In : Intelligence. 38, 1, p. 202-211 10 p.

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    30 Citations (Scopus)


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    Black, C. (Owner), Hannaford, P. C. (Owner), Clark, H. (Data Manager) (2004). Children of the 1950's study: Aberdeen birth cohort. University of Aberdeen.