Study content

What we ask questions about. 

Every year our participants complete their questionnaire either via a face-to-face interview or by using a on-line questionnaire. A core set of questions are asked every year and others are asked at less frequent intervals. You can find full information about the questions asked each year in the Long-Term Content Plan.

All adults complete an interview. For children in the household who are up to age 10 the parents or care-givers answer questions about them. Children aged 10 to 15 have their own paper-based questionnaire with questions appropriate to their age group and when they turn 16 they become eligible for the full adult interview. 

We ask our adult participants about

Who they are and their family background

  • Age, sex, ethnicity, religion and language
  • The own, parents’ and grandparents’ countries of birth and citizenship
  • Education, employment and the occupation of their parents

Social and family networks

  • Partnerships and children
  • Parenting styles
  • Friendships
  • Relationships with other family members and relatives

Achievements and aspirations 

  • Education, training and qualifications
  • Jobs, self-employment, retirement
  • Income, wealth, savings and spending
  • Housing

Attitudes and behaviours

  • Political views
  • Attitudes to gender roles at home and at work
  • Whether they smoke and how often
  • Whether they drink and how often
  • How often they go do the cinema, theatre, museums
  • Environmental attitudes and behaviours
  • Car ownership, transport and commuting

Health and wellbeing

  • Height and weight
  • Physical health and health conditions
  • Long-term disability and illness
  • Mental health
  • Life satisfaction
  • Sleep patterns
  • We also collect blood samples for objective health measure and genetic information

For young people aged 10-15 we ask them about

  • Their family life
  • School and homework
  • Friendships and their social life
  • Their health
  • Risky behaviours such as drinking, smoking and drug taking
  • Using technology and social media
  • Their political and social attitudes
  • Their aspirations

You can find the questionnaires we use for each Wave of the Study here