An examination of the impact of family socio-economic status on outcomes in late childhood and adolescence

  • Gregg, Paul A (Principal Investigator)
  • Burgess, Simon M (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Davey Smith, George (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Lawlor, Debbie A (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Lewis, Glyn H (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Munafo, Marcus R (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Propper, Carol (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Steele, Fiona A (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Washbrook, E V (Researcher)
  • Windmeijer, Frank (Co-Principal Investigator)

Project Details


Our objective was to improve the understating of the nature of family socio-economic status (SES) for adolescent outcomes and trajectories through childhood, with an emphasis on adding value through the collaboration of researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. Our primary focus was the behaviours and outcomes of individuals in adolescence, including physical health, risky behaviours, school performance and the acquisition of cognitive skills. The grant also funded a major push to bring the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) up-to-date in terms of available data and to promote its usage in the social science community. Specifically, we sought to make four substantive contributions:
• A substantive body of high quality research focusing on social gradients in child development
• Significant methodological advances in statistical issues around life course research
• Engagement with policy makers grappling with this major area of social policy
• To advance data development within ALSPAC and develop its engagement with other cohort studies

Key findings

•71 published (or accepted) papers and a sizable number still in the assessment process or awaiting submission.
•3 journal special issues around social mobility, educational development and SES gradients in child development: Longitudinal and Life Courses Studies, Fiscal Studies, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society.
•Methodological advances in: Mendelian randomisation; multiple imputation of missing data; bias in self-reported health measures
•Major programme of dissemination including input to several government commissions
•Elimination of backlog in release of ALSPAC data; extensive linking of ALSPAC to administrative data; integration of ALSPAC with ESRC cohort data initiatives
Effective start/end date1/04/071/04/12

Structured keywords

  • SoE Centre for Multilevel Modelling