About the research
Full project title: Harmonisation of mental health measures in British birth cohorts
This project aims to harmonise existing mental health measures over the life course in five British birth cohorts. Across the CLOSER studies, the measures of mental health that have been collected vary across the different studies and within the same study over time.
Using the documentation put together in other CLOSER research to maximise the take-up of mental health measures from UK cohorts and longitudinal studies, this project will identify mental health measures in the different studies and investigate their measurement properties, before harmonising these so that they can be compared across time and study. These harmonised measures will allow the project to investigate and compare the development of psychological distress over the life course in different generations, as well as test whether mental health is improving or declining in more recently born cohorts that are expected to live longer.
Professor George Ploubidis (Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL)
- 1946 MRC National Survey of Health and Development
- 1958 National Child Development Study
- 1970 British Cohort Study
- Millennium Cohort Study
- Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children
- Dataset of derived mental health measures and harmonised items – now available to download from the UK Data Service
- A user guide to accompany the harmonised dataset – available to download from the UK Data Service
CLOSER resource report
- CLOSER report: Harmonisation and measurement properties of mental health measures in six British cohorts (PDF)
- Interactive tool: Overlapping items administered in six British cohorts (Excel)
CLOSER Seminar: Harmonising mental health measurements from the British birth cohorts – George B Ploubidis
- Coming soon: Academic paper focusing on between cohort comparisons of the development of mental health symptoms over the life course.
Read about other CLOSER data harmonisation projects.