BCS70 – Age 5 – Complete a Profile Test

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The 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) assessed their cohort members (CMs) during the study’s age 5 sweep using the Complete a Profile Test.

Details on this measure and the data collected from the CMs are outlined in the table below.


Domain:Spatial development
Measures:Spatial-constructive development (Kalverboer, 1972)
CHC:Gv (Visual processing)
Administrative method:Health visitor at home; pen and paper
Procedure:The child was asked to complete an outline picture of a human face in profile by filling in features (eyes, ears, nostrils, mouth, hair etc.).
Link to questionnaire:https://cls.ucl.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/BCS70_age5_test_booklet.pdf (opens in new tab)
Scoring:The scoring was based on the number and position of features included on the human face in profile. The scoring details are outlined in Figure 7 in Parsons (2014) and Golding (1975, pp. 268-273). The maximum score available was 16.
Item-level variable(s):f090 - f098
Total score/derived variable(s):f118
Age of participants (months):Mean = 61.78, SD = 1.33, Range = 60 - 77
Descriptives:Raw score
N = 12,451
Range = 0 - 16
Mean = 6.02
SD = 3.19
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Other sweep and/or cohort:None
Source:Kalverboer, A.F. (1972). A Profile Test for the Spatial-Constructive Development. Lisse: Switz & Zeitlinger.
Technical resources:Parsons, S. (2014). Childhood cognition in the 1970 British Cohort Study, CLS Working Paper. London: Centre for Longitudinal Studies.
Golding, J. (1975). The 1970 Birth Cohort 5-Year Follow-up: Guide to the Dataset. Bristol: University of Bristol Institute of Child Health.
Reference examples:Feinstein, L. (2003). Inequality in the early cognitive development of British children in the 1970 cohort. Economica, 70(277), 73-97.

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This page is part of CLOSER’s ‘A guide to the cognitive measures in five British birth cohort studies’.