Children of the 1950s

The Aberdeen Children of the 1950s are 12,150 people born in Aberdeen between 1950 and 1956. When they were in primary school, they took reading and maths tests as part of a study done by University of Aberdeen. The goal of the original study was to discover the causes of learning disabilities. The children's test results were linked to other school records and to birth records in the Aberdeen Maternity and Neonatal Databank.

In the late 1990s the participants were traced, with 81% living in Scotland and 73% still in Grampian. A postal questionnaire was sent, and over 7,000 of the Children of the 1950s replied - giving information on their current health and a wide range of other topics. More information was then added from current medical records.

Today the collected data from the Children of the 1950s is used to investigate a wide variety of questions. Access to the data is given by application to the steering committee. The participants' information is shared anonymously with researchers and used in a data Safe Haven. Read more about results from the project, and see a list of the published research papers.

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Children of the 1950s

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