Monday, March 18, 2013

Help shape the content of the MCS age 14 survey

Help shape the content of the MCS age 14 survey

Consultative conference: 27th March 2013

The IOE's Centre for Longitudinal Studies is seeking advice on what
should be covered in the age 14 survey of the Millennium Cohort Study
(MCS), scheduled for 2015. Age 14 marks a major transition in the
cohort members' lives and has the potential to be a particularly
important and illuminating stage of the study. Your expertise will
help us produce a high quality survey.

We are inviting academics, policy makers and other stakeholders to
join us at the MCS6 consultative conference next week, on Wednesday
27th March 2013, to debate proposed content and questions for the

We have organised the survey content into eight key themes, with a
theme leader responsible for reviewing and prioritising the proposals
received under each theme, and presenting a summary for debate at the
conference. Further information on the themes can be found below.
Thank you to everyone who submitted proposals for content in the
latest stage of the consultation.

Register for the conference

Date: Wednesday 27th March 2013

Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm

Location: Institute of Education, University of London

Book your place via our website:

The conference is free of charge.

Content themes

1. Parents: Parental health, behaviours and beliefs

This theme covers main carer and partner health, disability, mental
health, parenting, parental relationships and friendships,
neighbourhood context and parents' beliefs and values.

2. Family resources

This theme covers family income, parents' employment and economic
activity, housing and assets.

3. Teenage health and wellbeing

This theme covers the teenager's physical measurements, physical
maturity and development (puberty), mental and physical health,
disability, wellbeing and life satisfaction.

4. Education and school

This theme covers the teenager's experience of school, engagement and
alienation, attitudes to education, educational and occupational
aspirations, school type and characteristics. This theme does not
include cognitive assessments.

5. Cognitive function and personality

This theme covers cognitive and neuropsychological assessments,
personality traits, and values.

6. Risk, relationships and independence

This theme covers the teenager's engagement in risky behaviours,
anti-social behaviour, peer, family and romantic relationships,
independence and autonomy.

7. Identity and activity

This theme covers teenager's ethnicity, identity, financial literacy,
consumption, media engagement sporting and cultural participation.

8. Measures of daily activity and time use

This theme covers time diary record of how the teenager spends his or
her time and with whom.

Please forward this email on to others you think would be interested
in attending. If you have any questions please email Claire Battye at

Thank you in advance for your help.

The MCS Team