Catalogue

UK Data Service data catalogue record for:

Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 1998

Title details

SN: 4229
Title: Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 1998
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4229-1
Series: Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey [Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 1998-]
Depositor: Devine, P., Queen's University of Belfast. Centre for Social Research
Principal investigator(s): Devine, P., Queen's University of Belfast. Centre for Social Research
Dowds, L., Queen's University of Belfast. Centre for Social Research
Data collector(s): Research and Evaluation Services
Sponsor(s): Department of Health and Social Security
Wellcome Trust
Royal Irish Academy. Social Science Research Council
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
University of Ulster
Save the Children Fund
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
Other acknowledgements: Gillian Robinson, Ann Marie Gray and Deirdre Heenan, Co-Directors, Life and Times Survey.

Subject Categories

Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture

Abstract

The Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (NILT) series began in 1998, and was the successor to the previous Northern Ireland Social Attitudes series, (held at the UK Data Archive under SN 33235), which was discontinued in 1996. The aims of the NILT series are:
  • to monitor public attitudes towards social policy and political issues in Northern Ireland
  • to provide a time series on attitudes to key social policy areas
  • to facilitate academic social policy analysis
  • to provide a freely available resource on public attitudes for the wider community of users in Northern Ireland
NILT originally had a companion series which also began in 1998, the Young Life and Times Survey (YLT) (see under SN 33313), although the YLT methodology changed in 2003. NILT also forms part of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), although it does not do so every year. Unfortunately, the NILT team were unable to obtain full funding to run NILT in 2011, though YLT ran as normal that year. NILT resumed in 2012 - see SN 7408. In addition, two open access teaching datasets were created from NILT 2012, one covering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues and the other covering politics and good relations (see SNs 7546 and 7547 respectively).

Further information about the NILT series may be found on the ARK (Access Research Knowledge) NILT webpages.

Main Topics:
The dataset records the responses of 1800 adults to the 1998 Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey. Questions are grouped into 'modules'. This dataset includes questions on respondent's background, rights of the child, public understanding of science, political attitudes, crime and fear of crime, gender and family roles, community relations and religious observance (this module is part of ISSP and is also archived at the German data archive, Zentralarchiv fuer Empirische Sozialforschung - 'ZA').
User should note that all respondents were asked every module.

Standard Measures
Registrar General's Social Class.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: October 1998 - December 1998
Country: Northern Ireland
Spatial units: No spatial unit
Universe: National
Northern Irish adults
Adults aged 18 and over in Northern Ireland during 1998
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: One-stage stratified or systematic random sample
Number of units: (B) 1800 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
Weighting: No information recorded

Keywords

ABORTION (INDUCED)ADOLESCENTSADVANCED LEVEL EXAMINATIONS
AIDASSAULTASTROLOGY
ATTITUDESBOVINE SPONGIFORM ENCEPHALOPATHYBRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES
BUILDING MAINTENANCEBURGLARYCARE OF THE SICK
CATHOLICISMCENTRAL GOVERNMENTCENTRAL HEATING
CITIZENSHIPCOMMUNITIESCOURTS
CRIMECRIME VICTIMSCRIMINAL DAMAGE
CULTURAL IDENTITYDEBILITATIVE ILLNESSDECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT
DOMESTIC VIOLENCEDRUGSECONOMIC ACTIVITY
ECONOMIC CONDITIONSEDUCATIONEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMSELECTRIC POWER STATIONSEMPLOYERS
EMPLOYMENT HISTORYEQUALITY BEFORE THE LAWETHNIC GROUPS
FACILITIESFAITH SCHOOLSFAMILY ROLES
FEAR OF CRIMEFIELDS OF STUDYGENDER ROLE
GENETIC SCREENINGGENETICSGOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT
GOVERNMENT POLICYGRANTSGREAT BRITAIN
HIJACKINGHOME OWNERSHIPHOURS OF WORK
HOUSEHOLDSHOUSINGHOUSING TENURE
INCOMEINCOME DISTRIBUTIONINCOME TAX
INDUSTRIESINSURANCEINTERGROUP RELATIONS
INTERPERSONAL INFLUENCEKNOWLEDGE (AWARENESS)MARITAL STATUS
NATIONAL IDENTITYNORTHERN IRELANDNORTHERN IRELAND POLITICAL PARTIES
NUCLEAR ENERGYOCCUPATIONSPARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATES
POLICE FORCESPOLICE SERVICESPOLITICAL ALLEGIANCE
POLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL ISSUES
POLITICAL LEADERSPOLITICAL POWERPOLITICAL SYSTEMS
POLITICIANSPRESCHOOL CHILDRENPRIVATE SECTOR
PROTESTANTISMPUBLIC EXPENDITUREPUBLIC SECTOR
PUBLIC TRANSPORTQUALIFICATIONSRELIGIOUS AFFILIATION
RELIGIOUS ATTENDANCERELIGIOUS BEHAVIOURRELIGIOUS CONFLICT
RELIGIOUS SEGREGATIONREPUBLIC OF IRELANDRIGHTS OF THE CHILD
ROBBERYSCHOOLCHILDRENSCIENCE
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGYSCIENTIFIC RESEARCHSELF-EMPLOYED
SEXUAL BEHAVIOURSOCIAL ATTITUDESSOCIAL INEQUALITY
SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUSSPOUSES
SPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITYSUPERVISORY STATUSTAX AVOIDANCE
TERRORISMTHEFTTHERMAL INSULATION
TRADE UNION MEMBERSHIPTRAININGTRUST
VOTING BEHAVIOURVOTING INTENTIONWAGES
WEALTH

Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 20 December 2000
Copyright: Copyright Access Research Knowledge (ARK) Northern Ireland
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
Contact: Get in touch

Documentation

TitleFile NameSize (KB)
User guide 4229userguide.pdf 427
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_4229_Information.htm 19
READ File read4229.txt 2

Related studies:

Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 1999 (SN 4210)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2000 (SN 4497)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2001 (SN 4587)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2002 (SN 4767)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2003 (SN 5002)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2004 (SN 5227)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2005 (SN 5453)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2006 (SN 5695)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2007 (SN 5892)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2008 (SN 6296)
Northern Ireland Life And Times Survey, 2009 (SN 6546)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2010 (SN 6844)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2012 (SN 7408)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2012: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues Teaching Dataset (SN 7546)
Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey, 2012: Politics and Good Relations Teaching Dataset (SN 7547)
National Identity and Constitutional Change in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, 2001 and 2003 (SN 5249)
Northern Ireland Social Attitudes and Life and Times Combined Dataset, 1989-2009 (SN 5348)
Northern Ireland Assembly Election Survey, 2003 (SN 5394)

Related support guides:

What is weighting?

Publications

By principal investigator(s):
Publications based on NILT, including the Research Updates series and other downloadable items in Acrobat PDF format, are available on the Publications page on the ARK web site.

Books in the Social attitudes in Northern Ireland series contain chapters based on different aspects of NILT research:

Gray, A.M. et al. (2002) Social attitudes in Northern Ireland: the eighth report, London: Pluto Press.

Lloyd, K. et al. (2004) Social attitudes in Northern Ireland: the ninth report, London: Pluto Press.

Resulting from secondary analysis:
Kaufmann, E. (2007) The Orange Order: a contemporary Northern Irish history, Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Curtice, J., Devine, P. and Ormston, R. (2013) 'Devolution: identities and constitutional preferences across the UK', in A. Park, C. Bryson, E. Clery, J. Curtice and M. Phillips (eds.), British Social Attitudes: 30th Report, London: NatCen Social Research. Retrieved November 28, 2013 from http://www.bsa-30.natcen.ac.uk/read-the-report/devolution/introduction.aspx

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