22 episodes

A podcast from the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies at University College London looking at how life gets under our skin and how our physical and mental health interact with and are affected by our social and economic circumstances and environment. Short interviews with researchers about their findings and their implications for policy and society. Details of all the research discussed can be found in the Publications section of the ICLS website.

The Lifecourse Podcast ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies, UCL

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A podcast from the ESRC International Centre for Lifecourse Studies at University College London looking at how life gets under our skin and how our physical and mental health interact with and are affected by our social and economic circumstances and environment. Short interviews with researchers about their findings and their implications for policy and society. Details of all the research discussed can be found in the Publications section of the ICLS website.

    A childhood in care: what consequences for health later on?

    A childhood in care: what consequences for health later on?

    In this episode of The Lifecourse Podcast, Professor Amanda Sacker and Dr Emily Murray discuss their research looking at the long term consequences on a person’s health from a childhood spent in care. 
    Further reading  Non-parental care in childhood and health up to 30 years later: ONS Longitudinal Study 1971–2011  Association of childhood out-of-home care status with all-cause mortality up to 42-years later: Office of National Statistics Longitudinal Study

    • 13 min
    Parenting for a digital future: the hopes and fears that shape children's lives

    Parenting for a digital future: the hopes and fears that shape children's lives

    Professor Sonia Livingstone from the London School of Economics discusses the research behind her book Parenting for a digital future: how hopes and fears about technology shape children’s lives

    • 18 min
    A lifetime of obesity: what does it mean for how we manage physically later on?

    A lifetime of obesity: what does it mean for how we manage physically later on?

    Snehal Pinto Pereira from ICLS discusses her research in the International Journal of Epidemiology looking at the links between obesity across childhood into adulthood and their ability to manage daily physical tasks later on in life. 
    Details of the papers discussed in the podcast Adult obesity and mid-life physical functioning in two British birth cohorts: investigating the mediating role of physical inactivity is research by Snehal M Pinto Pereira, Bianca L De Stavola, Nina T Rogers, Rebecca Hardy, Rachel Cooper, Chris Power.
    Birthweight, lifetime obesity and physical functioning in mid-adulthood: a nationwide birth cohort study is research by Nina Rogers, Chris Power and Snehal M Pinto Pereira.

    • 11 min
    Turning out to vote: what does it have to do with our health?

    Turning out to vote: what does it have to do with our health?

    Thierry Gagné from ICLS discusses research with Ingrid School and Amanda Sacker exploring the links between voter turnout and health.   

    The research, which made use of data from the 1958 and 1970 Birth Cohorts, showed that compared with people in good health, those who said they were in fair health had 15% and 18% lower odds of voting whilst those in poor or worse health had 17% and 32% lower odds of voting.

    • 15 min
    Pause before you post: what do young people think about social media and their mental health?

    Pause before you post: what do young people think about social media and their mental health?

    In a special episode of the Lifecourse Podcast, guest host UCL PhD student Emma Walker discusses young people's social media use and their mental health. Her guests are undergraduate students, Loes Wals, Kritika Rai and Alyson Ong. With support from ICLS and the National Literacy Trust they put on a workshop for 50 schoolchildren discussing their thoughts and attitudes about their social media use and research from Professor Yvonne Kelly showing a link between heavy social media use and increased depressive symptoms. 
    Read the full research paper Read a blog by Yvonne Kelly about the research  Read a blog for the Royal Society for Public Health from Emma Walker  National Literacy Trust 

    • 16 min
    iGen - Why our super-connected kids may not be super happy

    iGen - Why our super-connected kids may not be super happy

    Jean Twenge, Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University discusses her research on the links between heavy social media and screen use and increased levels of depression and anxiety among young people in the US and the UK. 
    Find out more about Jean Twenge Listen to ICLS Director Yvonne Kelly discuss her research on the links between social media and young people's mental health with Shirley Cramer, CEO of the Royal Society for Public Health 

    • 18 min

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