Series

UK Data Service series record for:

General Lifestyle Survey (General Household Survey)

Series abstract

The General Lifestyle Survey (GLF or sometimes referred to as the GLS), formerly known as the General Household Survey (GHS), ran from 1971-2012. It was a multi-purpose continuous survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics that collected information on a range of topics from people living in private households in Great Britain. This information was used by government departments and other organisations for planning, policy and monitoring purposes. The survey closed in January 2012.

Data access

GN 33090  |  General Household Survey, 1971-2006

SNStudy DescriptionAccess OnlineDownload / Order  
5804   General Household Survey, 2006 Access data online with Nesstar
5346   General Household Survey, 2004-2005 Access data online with Nesstar
5640   General Household Survey, 2005 Access data online with Nesstar
5150   General Household Survey, 2003-2004 Access data online with Nesstar
5664   General Household Survey: Time Series Dataset, 1972-2004 Access data online with Nesstar
4981   General Household Survey, 2002-2003 Access data online with Nesstar
4646   General Household Survey, 2001-2002 Access data online with Nesstar
4518   General Household Survey, 2000-2001 Access data online with Nesstar
4134   General Household Survey, 1998-1999 Access data online with Nesstar
3804   General Household Survey, 1996-1997 Access data online with Nesstar
3690   General Household Survey, 1995-1996 Access data online with Nesstar
3538   General Household Survey, 1994-1995 Access data online with Nesstar
3170   General Household Survey, 1993-1994 Access data online with Nesstar
3166   General Household Survey, 1992-1993 -
2986   General Household Survey, 1991-1992 -
2937   General Household Survey, 1990-1991 -
2832   General Household Survey, 1989-1990 -
2724   General Household Survey, 1988-1989 -
2679   General Household Survey, 1987 -
2569   General Household Survey, 1986 -
2349   General Household Survey, 1985 -
2154   General Household Survey, 1984 -
2099   General Household Survey, 1983 -
2127   General Household Survey (Surrey Files), 1982 -
2361   General Household Survey (Surrey Files): Time Series, 1973-1982 -
2080   General Household Survey (Surrey Files), 1981 -
1897   General Household Survey (Surrey Files), 1980 -
1831   General Household Survey (Surrey Files), 1979 -
1995   General Household Survey (Surrey Files), 1978 -
1873   General Household Survey (Surrey Files), 1977 -
1673   General Household Survey (Surrey Files), 1976 -
1672   General Household Survey (Surrey Files), 1975 -
1629   General Household Survey (Surrey Files), 1974 -
1553   General Household Survey (Surrey Files), 1973 -
1406   General Household Survey, 1972 -
1405   General Household Survey, 1971 -
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GN 33430  |  General Lifestyle Survey, 2000-: Secure Access

SNStudy DescriptionAccess OnlineDownload / Order  
6716   General Lifestyle Survey, 2000-2010: Secure Access -
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Getting started

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FAQ

What is the GLF?

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Why did the General Household Survey (GHS) change its name to the General Lifestyle Survey (GLF)?

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Which years of the GHS/GLF are available?

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What population is covered in the GLF?

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Does this survey contain information available at the individual, household or other level?

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How do I find out which questions/variables are included?

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Are the same questions asked in every year?

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Can I use the GLF to analyse change over time?

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Do I need to use weights to analyse this survey?

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Why do some cases have missing person identifiers in the GHS 2005?

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Whose relationship do the variables RELTO01 - RELTO14 refer to?

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In which of the years does the GHS have information on: ethnicity, country of birth and time (year) arriving at UK

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Why are the sample means so high for the grosspay variable (usual gross weekly earnings)? It has a sample mean of 24744.

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Where can I obtain statistics and publications from the GLF?

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Using the General Household Survey for teaching

Are there any GHS teaching datasets?

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What must I do to use the GHS or the teaching datasets for teaching?

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Related studies:

  Teaching Package for the Database Management System SIR, 1980 (SN 3106)
  Exploring British Society : 1979 General Household Survey Teaching Dataset (SN 3159)
  General Household Survey, 1987: Teaching Dataset (SN 3160)
  General Household Survey, 1991: Teaching Dataset (SN 3161)
  General Household Survey, 1994 : Follow-Up Survey of the Health of People Aged 65 and Over (SN 3903)
  General Household Survey, 1995: Teaching Dataset (SN 3956)
  General Household Survey, 1973 : Leisure Questions (SN 3982)
  General Household Survey Cross-Year Leisure Activities, 1973-1997 (SN 4054)
  Millennium Survey of Poverty and Social Exclusion, 1999 (SN 4349)
  General Household Survey, 2000-2001: Social Capital Teaching Dataset (SN 5308)
  Socio-Economic Position and Political Support of Black and Ethnic Minority Groups in the United Kingdom, 1972-2005 (SN 5666)
  Exploring Data, Second Edition: Teaching Datasets, 1958-2005 (SN 6096)
  Centre for Population Change General Household Survey Database, 1979-2009: Special Licence Access (SN 7666)

Related case studies:

Primary care medical data: An alternative measure of smoking prevalence?
British social mobility trends
Do older women report worse health than older men? A study across time and generations
Introducing sociology students to quantitative research methods
Learning research methods at an ESRC doctoral training centre
Using government microdata to explore health
Changing experiences of mid-life
Are alcohol pricing policies effective in reducing crime and health issues?
Search for variables and questions from the General Lifestyle Survey (General Household Survey).

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