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ONS Opinions Survey, Well-Being Module, April, June, July, August and September, 2011

Title details

SN: 6893
Title: ONS Opinions Survey, Well-Being Module, April, June, July, August and September, 2011
Alternative title: ONS Omnibus Surveys; OPN
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6893-2
Series: Opinions and Lifestyle Survey [Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, 2008-]
Depositor: Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Principal investigator(s): Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Sponsor(s): Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division

Citation

The citation for this study is:

Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division. (2012). ONS Opinions Survey, Well-Being Module, April, June, July, August and September, 2011. [data collection]. 2nd Edition. UK Data Service. SN: 6893, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6893-2

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Subject Categories

General - Health
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Social indicators and quality of life - Society and culture

Abstract

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The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey, formerly known as ONS Opinions Survey or Omnibus, is a regular, multi-purpose survey which was carried out in eight months of the year until April 2005, from when it ran monthly. Following the 'Fit for Future' consultation carried out by ONS at the beginning of 2014, the decision was taken to revert to running the survey in eight months of the year, therefore, from April 2014 the survey will not run in the months of March, June, September or December. It started operating commercially in 1990 and was set up originally to meet the needs of government departments for a survey that used short and simple sets of questions, had greater statistical reliability than private sector omnibus surveys and a properly designed random sample. Now, however, an increasing number of academics are finding it a valuable research tool.
The Opinions and Lifestyle Survey is used for a number of purposes, for example:
  • to provide quick answers to questions of immediate interest
  • to provide information on topics that do not require a full survey
  • to develop and pilot questions for other surveys
  • to sift for subgroups that can be followed up in another survey
History
From January 2008 the ONS Omnibus Survey changed its name to the ONS Opinions Survey (OPN) and became part of the Integrated Household Survey (IHS). As a result, certain classificatory variables were altered to harmonise with the rest of the surveys that form the IHS. For further information, see detailed breakdown of the changes contained within the documentation for 2008 studies onwards.

Subsequently, in January 2010, the OPN component was dropped from the IHS due to only one individual per household being interviewed, while the IHS requires questions to be asked of all household members. This process significantly increased the length of the OPN interview and, therefore, OPN reverted back to interviewing one household member, but still contains questions harmonised to the IHS.

From April 2012 the ONS Opinions Survey changed its name to the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey following the merger of the non-EU-SILC questions from the General Lifestyle Survey.

Special Licence Access Opinions and Lifestyle Survey data
With effect from 2008, the decision was made by ONS to make all new and existing Disability Monitoring data (Module 363) and Contraception data (Module 170) issuable only to Approved Researchers under Special Licence access conditions due to the disclosive nature of the modules. See the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey Special Licence Access datasets page.
For the second edition, February 2012, the data for the month of September 2011 were added to the dataset. The September data are not included in the 'merged' data file. In addition, variable 'RAGE', Respondent's Age, has been top-coded for confidentiality reasons. See read file for details.
Main Topics:
Each month's questionnaire consists of two elements: core questions, covering demographic information, are asked each month together with non-core questions that vary from month to month.
The non-core questions for these four months were:

Well-Being (Module MCZ): this module was asked on behalf of ONS and all questions ask respondents to rate their well-being on a scale of 0-10, where 0 is generally low and 10 high. ONS is also measuring the impact of delivering these questions via self-completion or interviewer administered method. The module uses a split sample design. See documentation for details.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: April 2011; June 2011; July 2011; August 2011; September 2011
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Families/households
Universe: National
Adults, aged 16 or over, living in private households in Great Britain.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study;monthly (up to year 2000), eight cycles per year (up to April 2005), monthly thereafter. From April 2014, reverted back to eight cycles per year.
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units:
1,132 (obtained) April 2011
1,196 (obtained) June 2011
1,153 (obtained) July 2011
1,171 (obtained) August 2011
1,117 (obtained) September 2011
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 01 December 2011
Latest edition: 28 February 2012 (2nd Edition)
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland. Copyright of the individual modules resides with their respective sponsors.
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.
Please note: The data for the monthly Opinions and Lifestyle Survey have been supplied to the UK Data Archive in such a way that core demographic data are included in each module. This allows users to use each module individually, although modules cannot be ordered individually from the Archive.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
User Guide 6893userguide.pdf 2135
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6893_Information.htm 23
READ File read6893.htm 11
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By principal investigator(s):
OPCS (1991?) OPCS Omnibus: review of the first six months, London: OPCS.

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Bowling, A. (1994) What things are important in people's lives?: a survey of the public's judgements to inform scales of health-related quality of life, end-of-award report prepared for the ESRC award no. R000221191, St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, Health Needs Assessment Unit, September.

Hall, D. (1996) Organ donation and the idea of the body, University of Liverpool, Department of Sociology.

Bowling, A. et al. (1999) 'Short Form 36 (SF-36) Health Survey questionnaire: which normative data should be used? Comparisons between the norms provided by the Omnibus Survey in Britain, the Health Survey for England and the Oxford Healthy Life Survey', Journal of Public Health Medicine, 21(3), pp.255-270.

Lampard, R. and Peggs, K. (2007) Identity and repartnering after separation, Basingstoke: Palgrave.

Vyas, A. (2013) Adoption, use and diffusion of online social networks in the older population; a UK perspective, unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Hertfordshire, Business School.

The Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) has produced a 'Data Dictionary' covering summary information on UK-based survey series (including ONS Omnibus) that include any data on alcohol use. Further information and links to the dictionary documents may be found on the IAS Data Dictionary - Table of Contents web page.

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