Tuesday 19th OCTOBER 2010
From 6pm (* please note that there is no access to the venue before 6pm *)
Chris Dibben, Gillian Raab and Frank Popham
Joint meeting between RSS Social Statistics section and the RSS Edinburgh Local Group
The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PR

Attendance is free and open to all. For a map and directions see 
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(1) An introduction to the Scottish Longitudinal Study: Chris Dibben is Director of the Longitudinal Studies Centre - Scotland and a lecturer in Geography at the University of St Andrews.

The Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) is a large-scale linkage study which has been created by using data available from current Scottish administrative and statistical sources. These include Census data, Vital Events data (births, deaths, marriages), Educational data, National Health Service Central Register (NHSCR) data (migration in or out of Scotland) and NHS data (cancer registrations and hospital admissions). It therefore covers a wide range of variables covering cultural, demographic, economic, health, housing and social issues.

(2) Teenage Parents in Scotland 1991 to 2001. Evidence from the Scottish Longitudinal Study: Gillian Raab is emeritus professor of Applied Statistics at Edinburgh Napier University.

Policy initiatives in relation to teenage pregnancies tend to focus on factors that affect rates of conception. There has been less focus on the social, economic and health outcomes for young parents. This information is not readily available from routine sources. The Scottish Longitudinal Study (SLS) allows us to identify young people who become young parents between the 1991 census and the 2001 census and relate this to their health and social status at 2001.

(3) What is the impact of selective migration on the widening mortality gap in Greater Glasgow?: Frank Popham is a research fellow at the University of St Andrews.

The mortality gap between the least and most deprived areas in Greater Glasgow has widened in recent years. Over the same period Greater Glasgow's most deprived areas have seen a significant loss of population, and it has been suggested, therefore, that the widening mortality gap could be, in part, due to internal migration of healthier and wealthier individuals away from these areas rather than a relative worsening of health per se in them. We explore whether this is the case using linked census data from the Scottish Longitudinal Study.

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