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British Social Attitudes Survey, 2008

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SN: 6390
Title: British Social Attitudes Survey, 2008
Alternative title: BSA
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-6390-1
Series: British Social Attitudes Survey [British Social Attitudes Survey, 1983-]
Depositor: National Centre for Social Research
Principal investigator(s): National Centre for Social Research
Sponsor(s): Gatsby Charitable Foundation
Economic and Social Research Council
Hera Trust
Nuffield Foundation
Leverhulme Trust
Department of Health
Department for Work and Pensions
Department for Education and Skills
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
Department for Transport
Other acknowledgements: Social Statistics Laboratory at the University of Strathclyde for writing the SPSS setup program.

Prior to June 2007, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) (listed as sponsor) was named the 'Department for Trade and Industry' (DTI). In June 2009, BERR became the Department for Innovation, Business and Skills (BIS). Both the DTI and the BIS are referenced in the study documentation.

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National Centre for Social Research. (2010). British Social Attitudes Survey, 2008. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 6390, http://dx.doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-6390-1

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Subject Categories

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

Abstract

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Background
The British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey series began in 1983. The series is designed to produce annual measures of attitudinal movements which will complement large-scale government surveys such as the General Lifestyle Survey and the Labour Force Survey (held under GN 33090 and GN 33246 respectively), which deal largely with facts and behaviour patterns, as well as the data on party political attitudes produced by the polls. One of its main purposes is to allow the monitoring of patterns of continuity and change, and the examination of the relative rates at which attitudes, in respect of a range of social issues, change over time. Some questions are asked regularly, others less often. Funding for BSA comes a number of sources (including government departments, the Economic and Social Research Council and other research foundations), but final responsibility for the coverage and wording of the annual questionnaires rests with NatCen Social Research (formerly Social and Community Planning Research). The BSA has been conducted every year since 1983, except in 1988 and 1992 when core funding was devoted to the British Election Study (BES).

Further information about the series and links to publications may be found on the NatCen Social Research British Social Attitudes web page. In addition, a compilation of BSA data and documentation, including interactive descriptive statistics, is available via the BritSoCat web site, maintained by the Centre for Comparative European Survey Data.

International Social Survey Programme (ISSP)
The ISSP is run by a group of research organisations in different countries (currently 48 countries), each of which undertakes to field annually an agreed module of questions on a chosen topic area. Since 1985, an ISSP module has been included in one or more of the BSA self-completion questionnaires. Each module is chosen for repetition at intervals to allow comparisons both between countries and over time. See the ISSP catalogue record for further details, held under SN 7259.
During 2009, a sub-sample of 30 respondents to the BSA 2008 were also interviewed for a qualitative study, held under SN 6616 - Attitudes to Genetically Modified Foods, 2009.

Main Topics:
The BSA questionnaire normally comprises two parts, one administered face-to-face and one for self-completion (since 1985, one of the self-completion option questionnaires includes the ISSP module). Each year the interview questionnaire contains a number of 'core' questions, which are repeated in most years. In addition, a wide range of background and classificatory questions is included. The remainder of the questionnaire is devoted to a series of questions (modules) on a range of social, economic, political and moral issues - some asked regularly, others less often. Cross-indexes of those questions asked more than once appear in the reports.
The BSA 2008 questionnaires included modules covering: attitudes to health, social welfare, transport, religion and faith, education, food technology and national identity. Versions A and B of the self-completion questionnaire included a module of questions about religion, which comprised the 2008 ISSP component.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: June 2008 - November 2008
Country: Great Britain
Spatial units: Government Office Regions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Universe: National
Adults
Adults (18 and over) living in private households in Great Britain (excluding the 'crofting counties' north of the Caledonian Canal).

Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
The BSA survey is conducted annually.
Sampling procedures: Multi-stage stratified random sample
See documentation for each BSA year for full details.
Number of units: 4,468 cases
Method of data collection: Face-to-face interview; Self-completion
The interview is conducted by Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI).
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.

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ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTACCESS TO PUBLIC SERVICESADULTS
AGEAIDAIR TRANSPORT
AIR TRAVELANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOURATTITUDES
AUTONOMY AT WORKBICYCLESBRITISH POLITICAL PARTIES
BROADBANDBROKEN FAMILIESBUSES
CARE OF THE DISABLEDCARE OF THE ELDERLYCARE OF THE SICK
CAREER DEVELOPMENTCARSCENTRAL GOVERNMENT
CHILD ABUSECHILD BENEFITSCHILD CARE
CHILD DAY CARECHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTSCHILDREN
CITIZEN PARTICIPATIONCIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTSCLASS CONFLICT
CLASSIFICATION OF ILLICIT DRUGSCLIMATE CHANGECOHABITATION
COMMUNITIESCOMMUTINGCOMPUTER LITERACY
COMPUTERSCONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENTCONSERVATIVE PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)
CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGECORRUPTIONCREDIT
CRIMINAL DAMAGEDEATH PENALTYDEBILITATIVE ILLNESS
DECENTRALIZED GOVERNMENTDECISION MAKINGDEFENCE
DEGREESDENTISTSDISABILITIES
DISABLED PERSONSDIVORCEDOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP
DOMESTIC RESPONSIBILITIESDRIVINGECONOMIC ACTIVITY
ECONOMIC CONDITIONSEDUCATIONEDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND
EDUCATIONAL EXPENDITUREEDUCATIONAL RESOURCESELDERLY
ELECTRONIC GAMESELECTRONIC MAILEMOTIONAL STATES
EMPLOYEESEMPLOYERSEMPLOYMENT HISTORY
EMPLOYMENTENGLANDEQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW
ETHNIC GROUPSEUROPEAN UNIONEXAMINATIONS
FAITH SCHOOLSFAMILIESFAMILY BENEFITS
FAMILY MEMBERSFAMILY ROLESFATHERS
FEESFRAUDFRIENDSHIP
FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENTGENDERGENERAL PRACTITIONERS
GOVERNMENT POLICYGRANDCHILDRENGRANDPARENTS
GREAT BRITAINGREAT BRITAINHAPPINESS
HEALTH SERVICESHEALTHHIGHER EDUCATION
HOLIDAYSHOME OWNERSHIPHOME-BASED WORK
HOSPITAL OUTPATIENT SERVICESHOSPITAL SERVICESHOSPITAL WAITING LISTS
HOURS OF WORKHOUSEHOLD INCOMEHOUSEHOLDS
HOUSING TENUREHOUSINGHUMAN RIGHTS
IMMIGRATIONINCOME DISTRIBUTIONINCOME
INCOME-RELATED BENEFITSINFIDELITYINFORMATION SOURCES
INTERNET ACCESSINTERNET USEJOB CHANGING
JOB HUNTINGJOB SATISFACTIONJOB SECURITY
JUVENILE DELINQUENCYLABOUR PARTY (GREAT BRITAIN)LABOUR RELATIONS
LANDLORDSLEISURE TIME ACTIVITIESLEISURE TIME
LIBERAL DEMOCRATS (GREAT BRITAIN)LIVING CONDITIONSMARITAL STATUS
MARRIAGEMEDICAL CAREMEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT
MENTAL HEALTH ATTITUDESMENTAL HEALTHMOBILE PHONES
MONARCHYMORAL BEHAVIOURMORAL VALUES
MOTHERSMOTOR VEHICLESNATIONAL ECONOMY
NATIONAL ELECTIONSNATIONAL IDENTITYNATIONAL PRIDE
NEIGHBOURSNEWSPAPER READERSHIPNEWSPAPERS
NORTHERN IRELANDNUMERACYOCCUPATIONAL PENSIONS
OCCUPATIONAL QUALIFICATIONSOCCUPATIONAL TRAININGOCCUPATIONS
ONE-PARENT FAMILIESPARENT RESPONSIBILITYPARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP
PARTNERSHIPS (PERSONAL)PART-TIME EMPLOYMENTPATIENTS
PEDESTRIANSPERSONAL IDENTIFICATION DOCUMENTSPERSONAL SOCIAL SERVICES
PHYSICAL ACTIVITIESPHYSICAL DISABILITIESPOLICE SERVICES
POLITICAL ALLEGIANCEPOLITICAL ATTITUDESPOLITICAL INFLUENCE
POLITICAL INTERESTPOLITICAL OPPOSITIONPOLITICAL PARTICIPATION
POLITICAL SYSTEMSPOLITICIANSPOPULATION DENSITY
PREJUDICEPRIMARY EDUCATIONPRIMARY SCHOOLS
PRISONSPRIVATE EDUCATIONPRIVATE SECTOR
PROMOTION (JOB)PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTSPUBLIC EXPENDITURE
PUBLIC INFORMATIONPUBLIC SECTORPUBLIC TRANSPORT
QUALIFICATIONSQUALITY OF LIFERACIAL PREJUDICE
RAILWAY TRAVELREFUGEESREGIONAL GOVERNMENT
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONRELIGIOUS ATTENDANCERELIGIOUS BEHAVIOUR
RELIGIOUS PRACTICERENTED ACCOMMODATIONRETIREMENT AGE
RETIREMENTROAD SAFETYROAD TAX
ROAD TOLL CHARGESROAD TRAFFIC POLLUTIONROAD TRAFFIC
ROADSRURAL AREASSAME-SEX RELATIONSHIPS
SATISFACTIONSCHOOLTEACHERSSCOTLAND
SECONDARY EDUCATIONSECONDARY SCHOOLSSELF-EMPLOYED
SELF-GOVERNMENTSEXUAL BEHAVIOURSICKNESS AND DISABILITY BENEFITS
SMOKING RESTRICTIONSSOCIAL ACTIVITIES (LEISURE)SOCIAL ATTITUDES
SOCIAL CAPITALSOCIAL CLASSSOCIAL HOUSING
SOCIAL ISSUESSOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITSSOCIAL SERVICES
SOCIAL SUPPORTSOCIAL WELFARE EXPENDITURESOCIAL WELFARE PHILOSOPHY
SOCIO-CULTURAL CLUBSSOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUSSPEED LIMITS
SPOUSE'S ECONOMIC ACTIVITYSPOUSE'S EMPLOYMENTSPOUSE'S OCCUPATION
SPOUSESSTANDARD OF LIVINGSTATE HEALTH SERVICES
STATE RESPONSIBILITYSTATE RETIREMENT PENSIONSSTATE SCHOOLS
STEPCHILDRENSTRESS (PSYCHOLOGICAL)SUPERVISORY STATUS
TAX RELIEFTAXATIONTELEPHONES
TOYS AND GAMESTRADE UNION MEMBERSHIPTRADE UNIONS
TRAFFIC CALMING MEASURESTRAFFIC OFFENCESTRAVEL
TRUST IN GOVERNMENTTRUSTUNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS
URBAN AREASVOCATIONAL EDUCATIONVOTING BEHAVIOUR
WAGESWALESWEBSITES
WORK ATTITUDEWORKERS PARTICIPATIONWORKING CONDITIONS
WORKING MOTHERSWORKING WOMENWORKPLACE
YOUTH

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Date of release:
First edition: 08 March 2010
Copyright: Copyright National Centre for Social Research
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Documentation

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Unclassified 6390questionnaires.pdf 5183
Unclassified 6390userguide.pdf 622
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_6390_Information.htm 6
READ File read6390.htm 10
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Publications

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Links to publications may be found on the NatCen Social Research British Social Attitudes web page.

Social and Community Planning Research (1983-1988) British Social Attitudes technical report, London: SCPR, annual.

Social and Community Planning Research (1989-1995) British Social Attitudes and Northern Ireland Social Attitudes: technical report, London: SCPR.

McGrath, K. and Waterton, J. (1986) British Social Attitudes: 1983-1986 panel survey technical report, London: SCPR.

Brook, L. et al. (compilers) (1992) British Social Attitudes cumulative sourcebook: the first six surveys, Aldershot: Gower. ISBN 0566058294.

Social and Community Planning Research (1996) British Social Attitudes, Young People's Social Attitudes and Northern Ireland Social Attitudes: technical report, London: SCPR.

Social and Community Planning Research (1997) British Social Attitudes and Northern Ireland Social Attitudes: 1995 surveys: technical report, London: SCPR.

Lilley, S. et al. (1998) British Social Attitudes and Northern Ireland Social Attitudes: 1996 surveys: technical report, London: SCPR.

Bromley, C. et al. (1999) British Social Attitudes 1997 survey: technical report, London: National Centre for Social Research.

Thomson, K. et al. (2001) British Social Attitudes 1999 survey: technical report, London: National Centre for Social Research.

Jowell, R. and Airey, C. (eds.) (1984) British Social Attitudes: the 1984 report, Aldershot: Gower. ISBN 0566007371.

Jowell, R. and Witherspoon, S. (eds.) (1985) British Social Attitudes: the 1985 report, Aldershot: Gower. ISBN 0566007517.

Jowell, R. Witherspoon, S. and Brook, L. (eds.) (1986) British Social Attitudes: the 1986 report, Aldershot: Gower. ISBN 0566007525.

Jowell, R. Witherspoon, S. and Brook, L. (eds.) (1987) British Social Attitudes: the 1987 report, Aldershot: Gower. ISBN 0566007533.

Jowell, R., Witherspoon, S. and Brook, L. (eds.) (1988) British Social Attitudes: the 5th report, Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing. ISBN 0566057719.

Jowell, R., Witherspoon, S. and Brook, L. (eds.) (1990) British Social Attitudes: the 7th report, Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing. ISBN 0566058405.

Jowell, R., Brook, L. and Taylor, B. (eds.) (1991) British Social Attitudes: the 8th report, Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing. ISBN 1855212587.

Jowell, R. et al. (eds.) (1994) British Social Attitudes: the 11th report, Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing. ISBN 1855216124.

Jowell, R. et al. (eds.) (1995) British Social Attitudes: the 12th report, Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing.

Jowell, R. et al. (eds.) (1996) British Social Attitudes: the 13th report, Aldershot: Dartmouth Publishing. ISBN 1855216078.

Jowell, R. et al. (eds.) (1997) British Social Attitudes: the 14th report: the end of conservative values, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Jowell, R. et al. (eds.) (1998) British - and European - Social Attitudes: the 15th report - how Britain differs, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Jowell, R. et al. (eds.) (1999) British Social Attitudes: the 16th report: who shares New Labour values?, Aldershot: Ashgate.

Jowell, R. et al. (eds.) (2000) British Social Attitudes: the 17th report - focusing on diversity, London: Sage.

Park, A. et al. (eds.) British Social Attitudes: the 18th report: public policy, social ties, London: Sage.

Brook, L. (1998) 'What drives support for higher public spending' in P.F. Taylor-Gooby (ed) Choice and Public Policy, London: Macmillan.

Bryson, C. and Jarvis, L. (2000) Trends in attitudes to health care 1983-1998: report based on results from the British Social Attitudes surveys, London: National Centre for Social Research. ISBN 0904607550.

Park, A. et al. (eds.) (2004) British Social Attitudes: the 21st report, London: Sage.

Park, A. et al. (eds.) (2005) British Social Attitudes: the 23rd report, London: Sage.

Park, A. et al. (eds.) (2007) British Social Attitudes: the 24th report, London: Sage.

Park, A. et al. (eds.) (2009) British Social Attitudes: the 25th report, London: Sage.

Park, A. et al. (eds.) (2010) British Social Attitudes: the 26th report, London: Sage.

Park, A. et al. (eds.) (2010) British Social Attitudes: the 27th report, London: Sage.

Park, A., Clery, E , Curtice, J., Phillips, M and Utting, D. (eds.) (2011) British Social Attitudes: the 28th report, London: Sage. Retrieved February 16th, 2011 from http://www.natcen.ac.uk/study/british-social-attitudes-28th-report

Park, A., Clery, E., Curtice, J., Phillips, M. and Utting, D. (eds.) (2012) British Social Attitudes: the 29th Report, London: NatCen Social Research. Retrieved March 11th, 2013 from http://www.natcen.ac.uk/bsa29

Park, A., Bryson, C., Clery, E., Curtice, J. and Phillips, M. (eds.) (2013) British Social Attitudes: the 30th Report, London: NatCen Social Research, ISBN 978-1-907236-28-0. Retrieved April 2nd, 2014 from http://bsa-30.natcen.ac.uk/

Park, A., Curtice, J. and Bryson, C. (eds.) (2014) British Social Attitudes: the 31st Report, London: NatCen Social Research. Retrieved from http://bsa-31.natcen.ac.uk/

Park, A., Curtice, J. and Bryson, C. (eds.) (2015) British Social Attitudes: the 32nd Report, London: NatCen Social Research. Retrieved from http://bsa.natcen.ac.uk/

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Jarvis, C. et al. (1996) Getting around after 60: a profile of Britain's older population, Age Concern Institute of Gerontology, King's College London: HMSO. ISBN 0-11-321966-0.

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Jarvis, C., and Hancock, R. (1997) `Trends in volunteering and implications for the future' IN C.Pharaoh (ed.) Dimensions of the voluntary sector: key facts and figures, analysis and trends, King's Hill, West Malling, Kent: Charities Aid Foundation. ISBN 1-85934-035-0.

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