Harmonising mental health measurements from the British birth cohorts

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Workshop

This event explored the measurement properties of mental health measures from the British birth cohorts, and the harmonisation process that enables them to be used in cross-study research. Presentation slides from the workshop are available below.

About the event

Across British birth cohorts, measures of mental health vary across the different studies and within the same study over time.  We presented results on the measurement properties of mental health measures, before and after harmonising these so that they can be compared across time and study. These harmonised measures allowed us 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

The workshop introduced participants to the measurement properties of mental health measures in British birth cohorts and to the harmonisation process that allows these to be compared across time and study.

It was delivered by Prof George Ploubidis, Dr Praveetha Patalay, Dr Eoin McElroy & Dr Aase Villadsen (UCL Centre for Longitudinal Studies).

Event resources

CLOSER blog:

Read Prog George B. Ploubidis’ blog following the workshop, Unlocking the potential of mental health measures in the British birth cohorts.

Slides:

Introduction to the day
Prof George B. Ploubidis

Overview of mental health measures in the British birth cohorts
Dr Praveetha Patalay

Harmonisation of mental health measures in the British birth cohorts
Dr Eoin McElroy

Measurement properties of mental health measures in the British birth cohorts
Dr Eoin McElroy

Comparing parent and teacher reports of child mental health: Evidence from the 1970 British Cohort Study and the Millennium Cohort Study
Dr Aase Villadsen

Secular trends of emotional and behavioural problems in childhood and adolescence: Evidence from five British birth cohorts
Dr Eoin McElroy

Psychological distress from adolescence to early old age: evidence from the 1946, 1958 and 1970 British birth cohorts
Prof George B. Ploubidis

Contact

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