New survey findings published!

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The latest findings from the Edinburgh Study are published today.  The report is based on the latest phase of fieldwork, which involved interviews with cohort members, an online survey, and analysis of criminal records data.

Amongst the findings are that experiences of poverty and trauma in childhood were strongly associated with offending behaviour in adolescence and also going on to offend into early adulthood.  Nevertheless, many of those who were involved in serious offending were not known to the children’s hearings system or the adult criminal justice system. While trauma in childhood was damaging, many of those who continued offending beyond age 25 had also experienced significant trauma in adulthood.

We recommend that policies need to be focused on prevention and early intervention, with specific strategies to tackle poverty and adversity.

Read the full report

Prize Draw Winner Selected!

Congratulations to the winner of the Edinburgh Study Survey Prize Draw!
We have contacted our winner, an ex-pupil of Forrester high school, with the good news and they will be receiving their £300 shopping vouchers soon.
Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey and continued to support the Edinburgh Study research project over all these years!
The survey will remain open until January 2021 for anyone who would still like to take part. If you have not yet received your personal link, please contact the research team at

Data Comic: How Crime has Changed in Scotland

Findings from the Edinburgh Study have been featured in a new Data Comic called ‘How Crime has Changed in Scotland’, produced by Professor Susan McVie, Co-Director of the Study.

The findings show how the levels of offending amongst young people have changed over time, how policing impacts on young people and the role of poverty in determining who gets caught up in the criminal justice system.  To see the Data Comic, visit the link.

Contact forms can now be submitted online

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The research team is still busy contacting everyone who participated in the Edinburgh Study while they were in high school.

To make things a little easier for study members, we have created a secure way to submit your contact information online. Simply visit and follow the instructions.

Members can still return their contact forms by post, in the pre-paid envelopes that were included in their information packs. If you’ve not received your pack, please contact the research team via our contact page, or emailing us at