Aberdeen Children of the 1950s
In the late 1990s the value of this information was realised and, with funds from the MRC and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) at the Scottish Government Health Directorates, the research team attempted to trace the original participants. The whereabouts of 98.5% of 12,150 of those who took part were traced, with 81% still living in Scotland and 73% still in Grampian. A postal questionnaire was sent to over 11,000 of those participants, who could still be contacted, with a response rate of 63%. Since then the research team has also carried out anonymised linkages to routinely collected medical records from the Scottish Morbidity Records System. A steering group, chaired by Professor John Frank, Director of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research and Policy, supervises the conduct of the study and reviews applications for access to the data. Heather Clark is the project manager at the University of Aberdeen. The MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit contributes to the maintenance of the study. For further information and list of publications see: www.abdn.ac.uk/childrenofthe1950s/.
In 2010 the study joined up with Generation Scotland: Scottish Family Health Study. This presented an exciting opportunity to develop the study further, by bringing over 500 participants into a clinic setting for detailed physical assessments.
von Stumm S, Macintyre S, Batty GD, Clark H, Deary IJ. 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. Intelligence 2010;38:202-211