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Editors' Choice

The three chosen articles in this Editors' Choice collection all feature a variety of approaches to data from the UK Millennium Cohort. The first two papers, by Sindall et al. and Chzhen & Bruckauf, address a key question of differences in children’s cognitive progress according to the social advantage or disadvantage of their parents.  They use contrasting methodology, growth mixture modelling to age 7 in one case and event history analysis  to age 11 in the second  and also make different selections of data, yet each is consistent with widening social gaps in cognitive scores. The paper on excess weight among Millennium cohort children up to age 14 provides longitudinal evidence on the emergence of a major health problem.  It also offers evidence of risk and protective factors, which include social disadvantage but a number of behavioural and biological factors as well.

The following Longitudinal and Life Course Studies Editors' Choice articles are free to access until 31 October 2019.

A reassessment of socio-economic gradients in child cognitive development using growth mixture models
Authors: Katy Sindall, Patrick Sturgis, Fiona Steele, George Leckie, Robert French

Household income and sticky floors in children’s cognitive development: Evidence from the United Kingdom Millennium Cohort Study
Authors: Yekaterina Chzhen, Zlata Bruckauf

Overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence: findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study, up to age 14
Authors: Benedetta Pongiglione, Emla Fitzsimons

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