The latest Wave of Understanding Society has been released and is available to researchers via the UK Data Service.
Understanding Society Wave 9 includes a set of modules that are carried every two waves, and so were last carried at Wave 7. These include modules on:
Discrimination and harassment
Exercise and nutrition
Parents and children and child maintenance.
Also included on the two year rotation are self-completion modules on alcohol consumption and partner relationships.
Modules that are asked every three years and which are included in Wave 9 include:
The groups and organisations respondents belong to
News and media use.
In the self-completion section of the survey respondents were asked about neighbourhood belonging; politics and political engagement. One module on sexual orientation was last carried in Wave 3 and was repeated again in Wave 9. There was also one event-triggered module in Wave 9 on the General Election.
New content in Wave 9
The Study added modules on:
Non-UK education qualifications
Reasons for giving up smoking
A child-specific module on parental help with homework and tutoring.
The youth questionnaire for Wave 9 included new content on Smartphone usage; long-term disabilities and the number of days a week breakfast is eaten.
Revisions to previous waves
At each new data release Understanding Society also improves and revises the previous waves of data. This document outlines the revisions that have taken place for this release, which include new variables for higher education and the distances moved by respondents. Also included are some new weights and probabilities.
Our participants are involved in the development of new ways to gather health data through an innovative pilot project that aims to find out whether people can collect their own blood and hair samples.