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British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-11, 1991-2002: Teaching Dataset (Work, Family and Health)

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SN: 4901
Title: British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-11, 1991-2002: Teaching Dataset (Work, Family and Health)
Alternative title: BHPS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-4901-2
Depositor: University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research. ESDS Longitudinal
Depositor: University of Essex. UK Data Archive. ESDS Longitudinal
Principal investigator(s): University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research. ESDS Longitudinal
University of Essex. UK Data Archive. ESDS Longitudinal
Original data producer(s): University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Higher Education Funding Councils. Joint Information Systems Committee
Health Education Authority
Office for National Statistics
Other acknowledgements: The Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) was funded to compile this teaching dataset by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

The ESRC, the Health Education Authority (HEA), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Eurostat funded the main British Household Panel Survey, from which this dataset has been compiled.


The citation for this study is:

University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research. ESDS Longitudinal, University of Essex. UK Data Archive. ESDS Longitudinal. (2011). British Household Panel Survey: Waves 1-11, 1991-2002: Teaching Dataset (Work, Family and Health). [data collection]. 2nd Edition. University of Essex. Institute for Social and Economic Research, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 4901,

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Subject Categories

Family life and marriage - Social stratification and groupings
Gender roles - Social stratification and groupings
General - Employment and labour
General - Health
Health services and medical care - Health
Political behaviour and attitudes - Politics
Social and occupational mobility - Social stratification and groupings
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Specific diseases and medical conditions - Health
Teaching packages and test datasets - Reference and instructional resources


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

This BHPS teaching/sampler dataset contains only wave one respondents, and follows them for eleven waves, selecting broadly the same variables at each wave. There are some (fixed) variables which are only included at wave one, and there are a few variables which only appear intermittently, or are introduced later in the panel. The dataset contains a mix of original variables and derived variables.

In order to reduce the complexity of the data's structure and to make the data more accessible to inexperienced users, the dataset is in a rectangular format. Users are not required to undertake potentially problematic record/file merges in order to analyse the data longitudinally.

Variable names are the same as those in the original BHPS dataset such that variables are prefixed A for wave one, B for wave two, C for wave three and so on. For example, the variable EAGE records the respondent's age at the date of the wave five interview.

The Main BHPS

The BHPS is carried out by the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex. The main objective of the survey is to further understanding of social and economic change at the individual and household level in Britain, to identify, model and forecast such changes, their causes and consequences in relation to a range of socio-economic variables. The BHPS is designed as a research resource for a wide range of social science disciplines and to support interdisciplinary research in many areas. The unique value of the survey resides in that fact that:

  • it follows the same representative sample of individuals - the panel - over a period of years;

  • it is household-based, interviewing every adult member of sampled households;

  • it contains sufficient cases for meaningful analysis of certain groups such as the elderly or one parent families;

  • it allows for linkage of data both from other surveys and from local area statistics.

  • The BHPS was designed as an annual survey of each adult (16+) member of a nationally representative sample of more than 5,000 households, making a total of approximately 10,000 individual interviews. The same individuals are re-interviewed in successive waves and, if they split off from original households, all adult members of their new households are also interviewed. Children are interviewed once they reach the age of 16; there is also a special survey of 11-15 year old household members from wave four. Efficient fieldwork practices, training videos for interviewers and regular contact with the panel members ensures that the sample remains broadly representative of the population as it changes over time.

    For the second edition (November 2011) additional labels have been added to missing values.
    Main Topics:
    Substantively the dataset is broadly in the area of work, family and health, and can also be used to examine social mobility and income mobility. It contains a number of background variables indicating parental social class, and some opinion variables relating to the work and family theme.

    Coverage, universe, methodology

    Time period: 1991 - 2002
    Dates of fieldwork: First Wave - 3rd September 1991 to 30th January 1992; Second Wave - 5th September 1992 to 30th April 1993; Third Wave - 5th September 1993 to 30th April 1994; Fourth Wave - 3rd September 1994 to 9th May 1995; Fifth Wave - 4th September 1995 to 30th April 1996; Sixth Wave - 29th August 1996 to 17th April 1997; Seventh Wave - 29th August 1997 to 8th May 1998; Eighth Wave - 1st September 1998 to 8th May 1999; Ninth Wave - 1st September 1999 to 30th April 2000; Tenth Wave - 1st September 2000 to 31st May 2001; Eleventh Wave - 1st September 2001 to 25th May 2002
    Country: United Kingdom
    Spatial units: Counties (Metropolitan)
    Greater London
    Observation units: Individuals
    Kind of data: Numeric data
    Individual (micro) level
    Universe: National
    Households in the United Kingdom and individual household members
    Time dimensions: Longitudinal/panel/cohort
    Sampling procedures: Two-stage stratified systematic sample. For further details see main BHPS documentation
    Number of units: 9,912
    Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Telephone interview; Self-completion
    At Wave 9 of the BHPS, the survey moved from a pen and paper (PAPI) mode of data collection to a computer- assisted personal interview (CAPI) mode of collection
    Weighting: See Volume A of main BHPS documentation

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    Administrative and access information

    Date of release:
    First edition: 05 November 2004
    Latest edition: 30 November 2011 (2nd Edition)
    Copyright: Copyright Institute for Social and Economic Research
    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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    User Guide 4901userguide.pdf 1884
    Study information and citation UKDA_Study_4901_Information.htm 7
    READ File read4901.htm 10


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