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Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, 1990-2003: Social Science Sampler Datasets

Title details

SN: 6147
Title: Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, 1990-2003: Social Science Sampler Datasets
Alternative title: ALSPAC; Children of the 90s
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6147-1
Depositor: University of Bristol. Department of Social Medicine. Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children
Principal investigator(s): University of Bristol. Department of Social Medicine. Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
University of Bristol
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Home Office
United States. Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health
Grant number: RES-587-47-0001
Other acknowledgements: Throughout the lifetime of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC), many organisations have provided funding for specific aspects of data collection and processing. These include but are not limited to: the Medical Research Council (MRC); South West Regional Health Authority; Cow and Gate; Meat and Livestock Commission; British Gas; Milupa; Department of Health; Department for Employment and Education (DfEE); Hewlett Packard; Clothworkers' Guild; British Heart Foundation; Northern Region Research and Development Directorate; Smith's Charities; the Wellcome Trust; Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF); Special Trustees of United Bristol Health Trust (UBHT); March of Dimes Foundation; and Remedi.

Subject Categories

Child development and child rearing - Social stratification and groupings
Childbearing, family planning and abortion - Health
Community and urban studies - Society and culture
General - Employment and labour
General - Health
Housing
Social and occupational mobility - Social stratification and groupings
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Social indicators and quality of life - Society and culture

Abstract

The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC, and also known as the 'Children of the 90s' study), which is based at the University of Bristol, is an ongoing longitudinal study of a population of children born to mothers resident in one geographic area in England. The overall objectives of the study are to understand the ways in which the physical and social environments interact over time with genetic inheritance to affect health, behaviour and development in infancy, childhood and then into adulthood. Information has been collected at regular and frequent intervals from pregnancy and throughout childhood concerning the child's physical environments, parental characteristics (including economic and educational indicators), social circumstances, and family relationships. ALSPAC recruited more than 14,000 pregnant women with estimated dates of delivery between April 1991 and December 1992, who were living in the Avon Health Authority area, to take part in the study. These women, the children arising from the index pregnancy and the women's partners have been followed up since then and detailed data collected throughout childhood.

The datasets held at the UKDA are sampler datasets, and have been compiled using various questionnaire and assessment data from the ALSPAC study. Further information may be found in the documentation, and for the wider study, on the ALSPAC web site.

Main Topics:
The ALSPAC study collects data using a variety of methods, including:
  • self-completion questionnaires completed by the child's mother
  • self-completion questionnaires completed by the mother's partner
  • assays of biological samples, including genetics
  • medical records
  • educational records
  • information from teachers and head teachers
  • self-completion questionnaires completed by the study child
  • hands-on assessments
For the UKDA sampler datasets I-IV and VI (covering household, neighbourhood, housing, social/economic and employment/occupational information), data from the mothers' and partners' questionnaires were used, and for dataset V (height), data from the hands-on assessments were included. These files include data gathered between 1990 and 2003 only.

Further details may be found in the documentation, and the ALSPAC questionnaires may be found on the study web site.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1990 - 2003
Country: England
Geography: Avon
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Observation units: Individuals
Families/households
Kind of data: Numeric data
Alpha/numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: Subnational
ALSPAC recruited more than 14,000 pregnant women with estimated dates of delivery between April 1991 and December 1992 who were living in the then Avon Health Authority area (now Avon NHS Trust). These women, the children arising from the index pregnancy and the women's partners have been followed up since then and detailed data collected throughout childhood.
Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
Data have been collected regularly from 1990 onwards. The UKDA datasets comprise data from 1990-2003.
Sampling procedures: No sampling (total universe); Quasi-random (eg random walk) sample
Method of data collection: Postal survey; Self-completion; Educational measurements; Clinical measurements; Physical measurements; Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: No weighting used
Data sources: Child height data were transcribed from the Avon Health Authority area Child Health Database.

Keywords

AGEANTHROPOMETRIC DATAAVON
BURGLARYCHIEF INCOME EARNERSCHILD CARE
COMMUNITIESCRIMECRIMINAL DAMAGE
DOGSDOMESTIC APPLIANCESEMPLOYMENT
EMPLOYMENT HISTORYETHNIC GROUPSEXPENDITURE
FAMILIESFAMILY INCOMEFAMILY MEMBERS
FATHERSFATHER'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITYFATHER'S EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
FEAR OF CRIMEFINANCIAL DIFFICULTIESFINANCIAL RESOURCES
FINANCIAL SUPPORTFOODFRIENDS
FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENTGENDERGRANDPARENTS
HEIGHT (PHYSIOLOGY)HOURS OF WORKHOUSEHOLD BUDGETS
HOUSEHOLDSHOUSINGILL HEALTH
INFANTSINTERPERSONAL CONFLICTJOB CHARACTERISTICS
JOB SATISFACTIONJUVENILE DELINQUENCYKITCHENS
LAVATORIESMARITAL HISTORYMARITAL STATUS
MATERNITY LEAVEMOTHERSMOTHER'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
MOTHER'S EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUNDMOTOR VEHICLESMULTIPLE BIRTHS
NEIGHBOURHOODSNEIGHBOURSNOISE POLLUTION
NURSESOCCUPATIONAL STATUSPART-TIME EMPLOYMENT
PREGNANCYPRIVATE GARDENSQUALIFICATIONS
REFUSERENTSRESIDENTIAL MOBILITY
RETIREMENTROBBERYROOMS
SAVINGSSELF-EMPLOYEDSHIFT WORK
SIBLINGSSOCIAL ATTITUDESSOCIAL CLASS
SOCIAL PARTICIPATIONSOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUSSPOUSES
SPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITYSPOUSE'S ETHNIC GROUPSTEPCHILDREN
TEACHER QUALIFICATIONSTELEPHONESTERMINATION OF SERVICE
UNSOCIAL WORKING HOURSVOCATIONAL EDUCATION CERTIFICATESWATER SERVICES (BUILDINGS)
WORK ATTITUDEWORKING MOTHERSYOUTH

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 08 June 2009
Copyright: Copyright Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions of access for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

TitleFile NameSize (KB)
Group III. Housing and mobility data documentation alspac_iii_housing_guide.pdf 358
Group II. The neighbourhood data documentation alspac_ii_neighbourhood_guide.pdf 256
Group IV. Socio-economic factors other than occupation data documentation alspac_iv_socialeconomic_guide.pdf 414
Group I. Household composition data documentation alspac_i_household_guide.pdf 390
ALSPAC main documentation alspac_overview_guide.pdf 917
Group VI. Employment and occupation of study parents data documentation alspac_vi_employmentoccupation_guide.pdf 869
Group V. The Child’s Height data documentation alspac_v_height_guide.pdf 336
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6147_Information.htm 22
READ File read6147.htm 11

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