Early findings from the UK’s household longitudinal study A comprehensive snapshot of UK society in the 21st century

Early Findings provides taste of the social landscape of the UK as the country fell into the deepest recession for 60 years.

The purpose of the first in our Annual Findings Series is not only to present and share early findings, but, as importantly, to show the future potential of the study.

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Findings include:

  • More than half of all siblings were involved in bullying in one form or another
  • Among young people (aged less than 25), economic inactivity is associated with the highest life satisfaction
  • People with degrees are 25 per cent more likely, on average, than people with no education qualifications to adopt pro-environmental behaviours
  • For both men and women, happiness declines with the duration of a relationship
  • Childless couples are happiest with their relationships
  • 23 per cent of pensioner households are poor as are 20 per cent of households with children

“These findings will inform not only individual life choices but also government policy, directing efforts towards those who need it most.”

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science


  1. Preface And Introduction
  2. Family Relationships
  3. Life Satisfaction And Material Well-being Of Young People In The UK
  4. Bullied At Home And At School: Relationship To Behaviour Problems And Unhappiness
  5. Measuring Work: Prospects For Labour Market Research In Understanding Society
  6. Employment And Unemployment At A Time Of Recession
  7. Income And Other Measures Of Material Well-being
  8. Determinants Of Participation In The United Kingdom: A Preliminary Analysis
  9. Health Over The Life Course: Associations Between Age, Employment Status And Well-being
  10. Social And Health Patterning Of Sleep Quality And Duration
  11. Local Environments
  12. Environmental Attitudes And Behaviour: Who Cares About Climate Change?
  13. Using Experiments To Guide Decision Making In Understanding Society
  14. Introducing The Innovation Panel
  15. Understanding Society: Conclusions And Looking Forward
  16. Understanding Society Design overview