Comic book artist Karen Rubins has been working with Understanding Society turning research into comics. In this 'paper' see how grandparents play a key role in how their grandchildren's lives develop.
Home life, school work, friends, family, plans for the future. Children under 10 are included in their parent's survey. Young people aged 10-15 have their own survey about their life experiences, health and wellbeing.
Understanding Society covers everyone in a household, so we ask questions about children and young people,as well as the adults. All young people aged 10 - 15 complete their own questionnaire and adults are asked about the children in their care. Exploring what young people think and do helps us understand life choices and the challenges of growing up in the UK in the 21st century.
The young people's part of Understanding Society is a self-completion questionnaire which is completed confidentially once a young person's parent or carer has give permission for them to be part of the survey. The questionnaire asks them about their family relationships and home life, about how they see themselves as a person and how they feel about different aspects of their life. We ask about their school life, homework, any paid jobs that they have and their plans for the future. Also included are questions on their health and wellbeing.
When a young person becomes aged 16 they move onto the adult survey.
Parents or carers answer questions in the adult survey on the younger children in their care. Questions cover a range of parenting and child development areas.
For pregnancy and the first year after birth parents are asked about:
Parents or carers of children are asked:
All parents of children under the age of 16 are asked about mother's return to work plans, child care arrangements, how parents and children interact at home, parenting styles, non-resident parent relationships and child maintenance.
Professor Michaela Benzeval outlines the areas where Understanding Society is improving data on families.
Dr Rory Coulter talks about why he uses Understanding Society to research young people's housing and house moves.
Research using youth and young adult data in Understanding Society