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The long-lasting effects of family and childhood on adult wellbeing: evidence from British Cohort data

Clark, Andrew E., Flèche, Sarah and Lekfuangfu, Warn N. (2017) The long-lasting effects of family and childhood on adult wellbeing: evidence from British Cohort data. CEP Discussion Papers (CEPDP1493). Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

To what extent do childhood experiences continue to affect adult wellbeing over the life course? Previous work on this link has been carried out either at one particular adult age or for some average of adulthood. We here use two British birth-cohort datasets (the 1958 NCDS and the 1970 BCS) to map out the time profile of the effect of childhood on adult outcomes, including life satisfaction. We find that the effect of many aspects of childhood do not fade away over time, but are rather remarkably stable. In both birth cohorts child non-cognitive skills are the strongest predictors of adult life satisfaction at all ages. Of these, emotional health is the strongest. Childhood cognitive performance is more important than good conduct in explaining adult life satisfaction in the earlier cohort, whereas this ranking is inverted in the more recent BCS

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 14:00
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2020 23:09
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/86583

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