The imprint of time: childhood, history, and adult life
This book analyzes a National Survey of Health and Development study of more than five thousand English, Welsh, and Scottish men and women from their birth in 1946 to their middle adulthood in 1989. The study began began two years before the National Health Service started, and shortly after the 1944 Education Act began to implement changes intended to reduce barriers to educational opportunity. Wadsworth shows how the study's members' circumstances and experiences as children and adolescents during this period were reflected in their adult way of life, and contrasts childhood in the early-post-war years with that of the members first-born children as they grew up in the 1970s and 1980s.
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achieved adolescence amongst assessed associated attainment tests attitudes average scores babies behaviour Blomfield 1958 blood pressure boys breast-feeding Britain bronchitis cent of women chances Chapter child childhood children born compared death rates described disease Douglas and Blomfield earlier educational attainment educational qualifications effects employment epilepsy example family of origin girls Goldthorpe grammar school places greater health visitors higher education important improvements income increased infant influence later lived long-term low birth weight manual class manual families manual social class manual workers marriage Medical Research Council middle class mothers National Health Service non-manual families numbers nursery nutrition obesity occupations parental interest Plowden Report poliomyelitis post-war pre-school problems proportion relatively reported respiratory risk secondary modern schools secondary school selective schools significantly smoking social class differences social class families social group study children study members study population study's teachers test scores tion Truby King Wadsworth