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Quality of Life; Pilot 2, October/November 1971

Title details

SN: 248
Title: Quality of Life; Pilot 2, October/November 1971
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-248-1
Series: Quality of Life, 1971-1975
Depositor: Social Science Research Council. Survey Unit
Principal investigator(s): Abrams, M., Social Science Research Council. Survey Unit
Hall, J.F., Social Science Research Council. Survey Unit
Data collector(s): Social and Community Planning Research
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council


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Abrams, M., Hall, J.F. Quality of Life. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 248,

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Subject Categories

Social indicators and quality of life - Society and culture


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The purpose of this study was to probe subjective indicators of social life in various aspects - housing, health, education, job, standard of living, district, democratic processes and leisure.
Main Topics:
Attitudinal/Behavioural Questions
Tenure and length of residence, satisfaction rating with residence, things liked least/best about residence, rating of special attachment to district, satisfactory/unsatisfactory aspects of district, rating of efficiency of local councillors. Satisfaction with: level of democracy in Britain, being a housewife, own job, own education, general state of health, general financial situation, leisure activities, family life/marriage, friendships, children's education, police and courts, welfare services, local authority services, local district amenities, life in general. Assessment of change in standard of living, extra money needed per week, opinion about what makes a happy/unhappy marriage. Respondents asked to agree/disagree with a number of statements about their job. Worries/illness/longstanding complaints of disabilities. Religion, importance of religious beliefs. Three most/least important things in life. Respondents asked to agree/disagree with a number of statements about anomie/morale and values. Respondents asked to rate their present life along a number of axes.
Background Variables
Age, sex, marital status, social grade, age finished full-time education, employment status, length of service, type of job, pay rise in last year. Household composition, total household income. Daily newspaper read regularly. Ownership of car, telephone, colour TV, garden, cheque book, stocks and shares. Holiday away from home last year (whether abroad).

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: October 1971 - November 1971
Country: Great Britain
Observation units: Individuals
Universe: National
Urban residents
Adults aged 16 plus in conurbations
Time dimensions: Follow-up to cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Quota, seven conurbations and Cardiff. Random, local authority areas-constituencies. Quota set by age, sex and class
Number of units: 600 (target) 593 (obtained)
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview
Weighting: No information recorded

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 01 January 1975
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.
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Title File Name Size (KB)
User guide and codebook 248userguide.pdf 2495
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_248_Information.htm 16
READ File read248.txt 1


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By principal investigator(s):
Abrams, M., (1973) 'Subjective social indicators', Social Trends, Central Statistical Office: HMSO.

  • Hall, J., (1973) 'Measuring quality of life using sample surveys', IN G. Stober and D. Schumacher (eds.) Technology assessment and quality of life, Elsevier.
  • Hall, D., Lord, D., Marsh, C., et al (1976) Users manual : Quality of Life Survey (Urban Britain : 1973) : distribution of responses and questionnaire, London: Social Science Research Council. ISBN 0900296-54-2.

    Resulting from secondary analysis:
    McKennell, A. (1973) Cognition and affect in judgements of subjective well-being, Institute of Social Research, unpublished paper.

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