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Finding Data: Data on Young Adults - United Kingdom


  • Branded Consumption and Social Identification: Young People and Alcohol Study, 2006-2007
    This qualitative dataset examines young people's relationship with alcohol and drinking practices in England. Investigated the meanings that young people associate with drinking and how contemporary forms of alcohol marketing operate to constitute alcohol brands as discursive resources that young people can draw on. Examined: (a) the role that branding and marketing practices play in shaping young adults identity practices around alcohol and the meanings that they associate with alcohol consumption; (b) how young people's drinking practices and the meanings they associated with alcohol consumption differed in 3 geographical contexts: a major metropolitan conurbation in the West Midlands, a smaller semi-rural market town and a seaside location in the West Country; how alcohol-related practices are organised around gender, class and/or ethnicity; (d) The role that drinking stories and other collective cultural practices (e.g. drinking games) play in the constitution of young adult's social and personal identities. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

    Sample Size: 89 people in 16 focus groups; 8 semi-structured individual interviews

  • Cultural Context of Youth Suicide: Identity, Gender and Sexuality, 2006
    Explores how young people think about suicide and self-harm. Considered how young people's understandings of how distress relating to gender identity or sexuality could lead to suicide. Also focused on struggles young people may experience around sexuality and gender identity and how these struggles may lead to suicidal behavior. Involved 11 focus groups and 13 interviews with participants aged 16-25 years. The fieldwork took place in the North West of England and South Wales. 3 focus groups were made up of young people who identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. 7 interviewees identified themselves lesbian, gay or bisexual. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (2004+)
    Also known as Next Steps. Major innovative panel study of young people which brings together data from a number of different sources, including both annual interviews with young people and their parents and administrative sources. The main role of the study is to identify, and enable analysis and understanding of, the key factors affecting young people's progress in transition from the later years of compulsory education, through any subsequent education or training, to entry into the labour market or other outcomes. Data from the study will be used, among other things, to monitor the progress of the cohort group, evaluate the success or otherwise of policy aimed at this group and provide an evidence base for further policy development. Sample boosts took place for deprivation factors and for ethnicity. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Longitudinal Three-Nation Study on Relations between Ethnic Minorities and Host Societies among School Students, 2004-2005
    Looked at the views of adolescent school students in England, Germany and Belgium. Using the same questionnaire in 3 languages, members of ethnic minority groups and members of the host societies were targeted. Based on social psychological research on intergroup relations, acculturation, prejudice and relative deprivation the study was designed to investigate perceptions of and attitudes between both groups. Data collection took place in waves of measurement with an average time interval of 6 months in between. Some individuals were completed the survey in both waves providing a longitudinal element. Background variables include ethnicity, native language, years of residence in the country, parental occupation and education. Variables capturing intergroup perceptions include in-group identification, relative deprivation, acculturation preferences and goals, group permeability, economic competition and others. Intergroup attitudes were assessed both explicitly (liking, desire for social distance, emotions toward the other group) and implicitly (infrahumanisation). To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Middle-Class Parents' and Teenagers' Conceptions of Diet, Weight and Health, 2007-2008
    Aimed to examine the dietary practices and health and weight conceptualizations of BMI-defined obese/overweight and non-obese/overweight young teenagers (aged 13-15 years) from middle-class families. These observations were situated within the 'habitus' of the family by exploring the aforementioned issues from the perspectives of teenagers' parents. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

    Sample Size: 36 young people aged 13-15 years and 35 of their parents, classified as being 'middle-class' and resident in Central and Eastern Scotland during 2007-2008.

  • Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Sustance Abuse Survey (SALSUS) (2002+)
    Monitors substance use among secondary school pupils in Scotland, including the collection of data on health, lifestyle and social factors, at both national and local level. Continues the biennial Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People surveys of secondary school children, conducted between 1982 and 2000 in England and Scotland. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Smoking Attitudes in 11-18 Year-Olds, 1999-2005
    Provides data on adolescents' views of smoking initiation and smoking behavior in a sample of young people in the Leeds area of the United Kingdom surveyed from age 11/12 years through to 17/18 years of age. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

    Sample Size: 2,452 cases.

  • Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People (1988+)
    Began in 1982, under the name Smoking among Secondary Schoolchildren. The series initially aimed to provide national estimates of the proportion of secondary schoolchildren aged 11-15 who smoked, and to describe their smoking behavior. Similar surveys were carried out every 2 years until 1998 to monitor trends in the prevalence of cigarette smoking. The survey then moved to an annual cycle, and questions on alcohol consumption and drug use were included. The name of the series was changed to Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young Teenagers to reflect this widened focus. Since 1998, surveys have been carried out annually, with a core section of questions included on smoking status and number of cigarettes smoked in the last week; drinking status and amount of alcohol drunk in the last week; and awareness and use of drugs. For the 2000 survey, the series title again changed, to Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People. The Department of Health commissioned the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to conduct the 2000 survey in England, and an equivalent survey was also conducted in Scotland. In alternate survey years, beyond the core questions, the remainder of the questionnaire focuses on either smoking and drinking or on drug taking. The 2001 and 2003 surveys focused mainly on drugs, and the 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2006 surveys focused mainly on smoking and drinking. It should be noted that the UK Data Archive (UKDA) only holds the survey from 1988 onwards. In some years, the surveys have been carried out in Scotland and Wales, as well as England, to provide separate national estimates for these countries. In 2002, a separate Scottish series, the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey was established to replace the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among Young People series there, and to provide information in support of Scotland's new drugs strategy. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • UK Data Archive. Youth Data.
    Various datasets on youth from the United Kingdom Data Archive. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA. Not all data is available outside the United Kingdom but most is.

  • Young Life and Times Survey (YLT) (1998+)
    Originally began as a companion survey to the Northern Ireland Life and Times Survey (NILT) series. It surveyed young people aged 12-17 living in the households of adults interviewed for NILT, and YLT ran alongside it from 1998-2000. However, YLT underwent evaluation in 2001, and the YLT series began again in 2003 using a completely different methodology, and independent of the adult NILT. This new survey uses Child Benefit records as a sampling frame, and contacts all 16-year-olds who celebrated their 16th birthday in February of the survey year. Although a few questions are asked that are also included in NILT, the rest of the survey now covers quite different topics. Monitors public attitudes towards social policy and political issues in Northern Ireland. Similar surveys of young people in Great Britain, the Young People's Social Attitudes surveys were conducted alongside their parent British Social Attitudes Surveys. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Young People's Behaviour and Attitudes Survey (YPBAS) (2000+)
    School-based survey carried out among 11-16 year olds and covers a wide range of topics relevant to the lives of young people today such as school, nutrition, sports, smoking, alcohol, solvents, drugs, policing, personal safety, sexual experience and knowledge, relationships, the environment and travelling to school. Conducted every 3 years. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Young People's Social Attitudes (YPSA) (1994, 1998, 2003)
    Offshoot of the British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA) . Designed to explore the attitudes and values of children and young people and make comparisons with those held by adults. All young people aged 12-19 living in the households of BSA respondents were approached for interview. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Youth Cohort Study of England and Wales (1985+)
    Longitudinal research designed to monitor the behavior and decisions of representative samples of young people aged 16+ as they make the transition from compulsory education to further or higher education, or to the labor market. It tries to identify and explain the factors which influence post-16 transitions, for example, educational attainment, training opportunities, experiences at school. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

This page last updated: October 21, 2009