BCS70 – Age 5 – Copying Designs 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 Copying Designs Test.

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


Domain:Visual spatial
Measures:Visual motor co-ordination. Ability to reproduce shapes.
CHC:Gv (Visual processing)
Administrative method:Health visitor at home; drawing
Procedure:The child was given a booklet, and asked to copy 8 drawings, one at a time twice on two consecutive pages of booklet.
Link to questionnaire:https://cls.ucl.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/BCS70_age5_test_booklet.pdf (opens in new tab)
Scoring:Score 0 -8. Each drawing was scored 0 or 1. As not all children completed two copies a score of 1 was given if at least one copy was good. Total score was the sum of the score for the individual drawings. Zero was awarded when a child attempted to copy at least one design but all attempts were judged to be poor copies.
Item-level variable(s):f004 - f019
Total score/derived variable(s):f119 (raw total)
f122 (standardised)*
*variable being updated at time of writing, please check carefully
Age of participants (months):Mean = 61.78, SD = 1.33, Range = 60 - 77
Descriptives:Raw score
N = 13,028
Range = 0 - 8
Mean = 4.73
SD = 1.98
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Other sweep and/or cohort:BCS70 – Child of CM (Multi-Age) – Copying Designs Test (no data available)
NCDS – Age 7 – Copying Designs Test (6 designs)
NCDS – Age 11 – Copying Designs Test (6 designs)
Source:Used in previous studies (Davie, et al., 1972; Rutter et al., 1970)
Rutter, M., Tizard, J., & Whitmore, K. (1970). Education, Health and Behaviour. London: Longman.
Davie, R., Butler, N.R., & Goldstein, H. (1972). From Birth to Seven. A report of the National Child Development Study. London: Longman.
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:Blanden, J., Gregg, P., & Macmillan, L. (2006). Accounting for intergenerational income persistence: non-cognitive skills, ability and education. CEEDP (73). Centre for the Economics of Education, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.
White, J., & Batty, G.D. (2012). Intelligence across childhood in relation to illegal drug use in adulthood: 1970 British Cohort Study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 66(9), 767-774.

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