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Centre for Population Change General Household Survey Database, 1979-2009: Secure Access

Title details

SN: 8099
Title: Centre for Population Change General Household Survey Database, 1979-2009: Secure Access
Alternative title: GHS
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-8099-1
Depositor: Ní Bhrolcháin , M., University of Southampton. Centre for Population Change
Principal investigator(s): Ní Bhrolcháin , M., University of Southampton. Centre for Population Change
Berrington, A., University of Southampton. Centre for Population Change
Falkingham, J., University of Southampton. Centre for Population Change
Data collector(s): Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Original data producer(s): Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Research Council
Other acknowledgements: The General Household Survey (GHS) data were originally collected and compiled by the Office for National Statistics and made available by the UK Data Archive. The principal work of extracting and harmonising the GHS data across annual rounds was carried out by Dr Eva Beaujouan while a Research Fellow at the Centre for Population Change, assisted by Dr Mark Lyons-Amos, and directed by Professor Máire Ní Bhrolcháin and Professor Ann Berrington.

Citation

The citation for this study is:

N? Bhrolch?in , M., Berrington, A., Falkingham, J. (2016). Centre for Population Change General Household Survey Database, 1979-2009: Secure Access. [data collection]. Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division, [original data producer(s)]. UK Data Service. SN: 8099, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-8099-1

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Subject Categories

Childbearing, family planning and abortion - Health
Family life and marriage - Social stratification and groupings
Population studies - Population, vital statistics and censuses

Abstract

Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The aim of the Centre for Population Change (CPC) General Household Survey (GHS) Database project was twofold. The first objective was to create a new data resource, assembling in a single data file, in harmonised form, a time series of repeated cross-sectional GHS survey data on demographic histories relating to fertility, marriage and cohabitation. The second objective was to use this new data resource to analyse the changing dynamics of childbearing and partnership over recent decades, and especially to examine the determinants of the changing timetable of fertility and partnership.

The data are a subset, in harmonised form, of all GHS rounds 1979-2009, with those from 1998-2009 being Special Licence editions plus the previous 1972-2004 Time Series GHS Dataset. From 2008, the GHS was known as the General Lifestyle Survey until it closed in 2012. See the UK Data Service General Lifestyle Survey series webpage for the original catalogue records.

Further information about construction of the database can be found in the documentation. Information about the overall project can be found on the ESRC Centre for Population Change: Understanding Population Change in the 21st Century award page.

The Secure Access version replaces the previous Special Licence version that was held under SN 7666, which is no longer available. Prospective users of the Secure Access data will need to fulfil additional requirements, including completion of face-to-face training and agreement to Secure Access' User Agreement and Breaches Penalties Policy, in order to obtain permission to use that version (see 'Access' section below).

Full citation:
The Principal Investigators' preferred full citation for the database is as follows:

Beaujouan, E., Ni Bhrolcháin, M., Berrington, A., Falkingham, J. Centre for Population Change General Household Survey Database, 1979-2009: Secure Access [computer file]. Office for National Statistics. Social Survey Division, [original data producer(s)]. Colchester, Essex: UK Data Archive [distributor], March 2015. SN: 8099, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-8099-1

Main Topics:
Fertility, marriage, cohabitation, household composition, education, age, separation, divorce, marital dissolution, partnership dissolution, contraception, sterilisation.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: 1979 - 2009 - Note: the demographic histories in the GHS allow analysis of demographic event rates and populations at risk for time periods before 1979; coverage depends on the topic in question.
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: Countries
Observation units: Individuals
Families/households
Kind of data: Numeric data
Individual (micro) level
Universe: National
Respondents to the GHS between 1979-2009.
Time dimensions: Time Series
29 rounds in all as there was no GHS fielded in 1997 and 1999.
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Number of units: 647,770 cases
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
The original GHS used face-to-face interview and self-completion to gather information.
Weighting: Five weights are supplied in the dataset: (a) The original ONS weights, which are available for GHS rounds 1996-2009 only; (b) Four further CPC-generated weights are supplied: two for respondents to the GHS questionnaire as a whole, and two for respondents to the Family Information section of the questionnaire. In each case, a standardised and unstandardized version is supplied. The generation of these weights is documented in the article by Beaujouan, Brown and Ní Bhrolcháin (2011) cited in the User Guide and in the References section.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 24 November 2016
Copyright: Copyright of project data: M. Ní Bhrolcháin, A. Berrington, J. Falkingham and E. Beaujouan. The original General Household Survey data remain Crown copyright. Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland.
Access conditions: Registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. Controlled data requirements and conditions also apply. Further information is available from Access Secure Lab.

In addition, the Service is required to request explicit permission from the data owner prior to providing the researcher with access to the data

Please note:
Since these data are more sensitive and/or pose a higher risk of disclosure than data made available under the standard End User Licence, they are not available for download but may be accessed through our Secure Lab. Access requires: ONS Accredited Researcher status (including the requirement to attend and pass the Safe User of Research data Environments (SURE) training course); submission of a project proposal; and completion of a Secure Access User Agreement. This is to ensure that the guarantee of confidentiality given to survey respondents is protected. Users are required to read and follow the Microdata Handling and Security: Guide to Good Practice.

To apply for access, users should use the Download/Order link on this page and will be directed to the relevant forms as part of the ordering process.

Availability: UK Data Service
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Documentation

Title File Name Size (KB)
User Guide 8099_2014_wp47_cpc_ghs_user_guide_beaujouan_et_al.pdf 3630
UK Data Archive Data Dictionary 8099_ukda_data_dictionary.pdf 469
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_8099_Information.htm 7
READ File read8099.htm 11

Publications

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By principal investigator(s):
Ní Bhrolcháin, M., Beaujouan, É. and Berrington, A. (2010) 'Stability and change in fertility intentions in Britain, 1991-2007', Population Trends, 141, pp.1-23.

Beaujouan, É., Brown, J. and Ní Bhrolcháin, M. (2011) 'Reweighting the General Household Survey 1979-2007', Population Trends, 145, pp.119-145.

Beaujouan, É. and Ní Bhrolcháin, M. (2011) 'Cohabitation and marriage in Britain since the 1970s' Population Trends, 145, pp.35-59.

Links to Population Trends may be found on the Office for National Statistics website.

Ní Bhrolcháin, M., Beaujouan, É. and Murphy. M. (2011) Reported childlessness: a further look at cohort estimates based on survey time-series data, Centre for Population Change Working Paper 11, University of Southampton.

Berrington, A., Beaujouan, É., Lyons-Amos, M. and Ní Bhrolcháin, M. (September 2011) Evaluation of the partnership histories in the Centre for Population Change GHS time series dataset, Centre for Population Change Working Paper 12, University of Southampton.

Demey, D., Berrington, A., Evandrou, M. and Falkingham, J. (2011) How has mid-life changed in Britain since the 1980s?, Centre for Population Change Briefing Paper No.2, University of Southampton.

Ní Bhrolcháin, M. and É. Beaujouan (2013) Longer time spent in education means starting families later in life, Centre for Population Change Briefing Paper No.11, University of Southampton.

Ní Bhrolcháin, M. and Beaujouan É. (2013) Education and cohabitation in Britain since the 1970s: an evolving relationship, Centre for Population Change Working Paper 33, University of Southampton.

Beaujouan, É., Berrington, A., Lyons-Amos, M., and Ní Bhrolcháin, M. (2013) User guide to the Centre for Population Studies GHS database, Centre for Population Change Working Paper 47, University of Southampton (also included in documentation).

Links to CPC Working Papers and Briefing Papers may be found on the Centre for Population Change website.

Ní Bhrolcháin, M., Beaujouan, É. and Murphy. M. (2011) 'Sources of error in reported childlessness in a continuous British household survey', Population Studies, 65(3), pp.305-318. doi 10.1080/00324728.2011.607901

Ní Bhrolcháin, M. and Beaujouan, É. (2011) 'Uncertainty in fertility intentions in Britain 1979-2007', Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, 9, pp.101-134. Retrieved March 5, 2015 from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/0xc1aa500d_0x002a70f6.pdf

Falkingham, J., Demey, D., Berrington, A. and Evandrou, M. (2012) 'The demography of living alone in mid-life: a typology of solo-living in the United Kingdom', paper presented at the European Population Conference, 13-16 June 2012, Stockholm. Retrieved March 5, 2015 from http://epc2012.princeton.edu/papers/120828

Ní Bhrolcháin, M. and Beaujouan, É. (2012) 'How real are reproductive goals? Uncertainty and the construction of fertility preferences', paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, San Francisco, May 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2015 from http://paa2012.princeton.edu/papers/120174

Ní Bhrolcháin, M. and Beaujouan É. (2012) 'Fertility postponement is largely due to rising educational enrolment', Population Studies, 66(3), pp.311-327. doi 10.1080/00324728.2012.697569

Ní Bhrolcháin, M. and Beaujouan É. (2012) 'France and Great Britain: rising educational participation results in later births', Population and Societies, 495, December, Ined, Paris; in English. Retrieved March 5, 2015 from http://www.ined.fr/en/publications/pop_soc/bdd/publication/1621/

Ní Bhrolcháin, M. and Beaujouan É. (2013) 'Education and cohabitation in Britain: a return to traditional patterns?', Population and Development Review, 39(3), pp.441-458. doi/10.1111/j.1728-4457.2013.00611.x

Murphy, M., Neels, K., Ní Bhrolcháin, M. and Beaujouan, É. (2013) 'Estimates of the contribution of rising educational participation to partnership postponement: a model-based decomposition for the UK, France and Belgium', paper presented at the European Population Conference, Budapest, 25-28 June 2014.

Neels, K., Murphy, M., Ní Bhrolcháin, M. and Beaujouan, É. (2014) 'Further estimates of the contribution of rising educational participation to fertility postponement: a model-based decomposition for the UK, France and Belgium', paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Boston, May 1-3 2014.
Retrieved March 5, 2015 from http://paa2014.princeton.edu/abstracts/141416

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