The Understanding Society participant liaison office will be closed from 17.00 on Friday 21 December and will reopen at 9.00 on Wednesday 2 January. Season’s Greetings to all our participants!

"The study would not be possible without you. Every time you are interviewed, you are contributing to a unique study about life in the UK and how it’s changing.” Michaela Benzeval, Director of Understanding Society

Why men with daughters are less sexist

Fathers are less likely to hold traditional attitudes towards gender roles if they have a school-aged daughter.

Informal care-giving and mental health

New research shows that for women in particular, informal care-giving responsibilities can affect mental wellbeing

Eating more fruit and veg makes people happier

Researchers from York and Leeds have found that eating more fruit and vegetables daily, and more times a week, improves your mental wellbeing as well as your physical health.

“Questions relating to my political views are thought-provoking”

One of our participants wrote in to say why she enjoys the political questions that feature in Understanding Society every year.

“Our interviewer is like our family friend”

“I will carry on with Understanding Society because it’s so fun and is a chilled conversation about life,” says one of our participants.

“It gives a good insight into our nation”

“I think it’s important for researchers to be able to track changes in people’s lives e.g. people getting married or getting divorced or having children,” says one of our participants.
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