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Rings and Things
Section A: Mobile phones
A lot of people have their own mobile phones these days and always carry them with them. Some people just borrow them occasionally.
These questions ask about using a mobile phone even if you do not have one of your own.

Have you ever used a mobile phone?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to Section B on page 5
If yes,
qc_A1 == 1

Whose mobile phone have you used? a friend's

1
Yes
2
No

Whose mobile phone have you used? brother or sister's

1
Yes
2
No

Whose mobile phone have you used? parent's

1
Yes
2
No

Whose mobile phone have you used? your very own

1
Yes
2
No

Whose mobile phone have you used? someone else's

1
Yes
2
No

How old were you when you first used a mobile phone? ... years old

Age in years

How long altogether do you usually use a mobile phone now? on a school day

1
Not at all
2
Less than 15 minutes
3
15-30 minutes
4
more than 30 minutes

How long altogether do you usually use a mobile phone now? on a weekend day

1
Not at all
2
Less than 15 minutes
3
15-30 minutes
4
more than 30 minutes

How many different calls do you usually receive or make on your mobile (don't include text messages)? on a school day

1
None
2
1 or 2
3
3 or 4
4
5 or 6
5
7 or more

How many different calls do you usually receive or make on your mobile (don't include text messages)? on a weekend day

1
None
2
1 or 2
3
3 or 4
4
5 or 6
5
7 or more

Do you send and receive text messages?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to A6 below
If yes,
qc_A5 == 1

about how many texts do you send? on a school day

1
None
2
1 or 2
3
3 or 4
4
5 or 6
5
7 or more

about how many texts do you send? on a weekend day

1
None
2
1 or 2
3
3 or 4
4
5 or 6
5
7 or more

Where do you usually carry the phone?

1
on a belt
2
in your pocket
3
in a bag
4
somewhere else where?
5
don't carry it around
Other
Have you noticed any of these while you were speaking on the phone for a long time?
-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Ear felt hot
Side of head felt hot
Felt dizzy
Got a headache
Got a sore throat
Felt very tired
Pain in your arm

Have you noticed any of these while you were speaking on the phone for a long time? Anything else (please tell us)

1
Yes
2
No
Other

Which of the following mobile phones do you use mostly?

1
Motorola
2
Sony
3
Nokia
4
Ericsson
5
Siemens
6
Samsung
7
Other (please tell us what the name is)
Other

Which model is your phone? (There may be a model number written on the front. Have a look and tell us what it is.)

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Which network system (provider) does your mobile phone use?

1
Vodafone
2
BT Cellnet
3
Orange
4
One2One or Virgin
5
Other (please tell us which name)
Other
Section B: Jewellery
First some questions about earrings. Both boys and girls sometimes have their ears pierced these days.

Have you ever had your ears pierced?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to question B3c on page 6
If yes,
qc_B1_a == 1

How many holes have you had pierced in your ears altogether?

How many

How old were you when you first had your ear(s) pierced? ... years

Age in years

After taking your earring(s) out, have your ear lobes ever felt that there were little lumps in them where the earrings go in?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to question B3a below
If yes,
qc_B2_a == 1
When have there been lumps like this?
-

1 - Yes

Just after they were pierced (when they were settling down)
Only sometimes
Most of the time

How often do you wear pierced earrings? Tick only one box

1
Most of the time
2
A few days a week
3
Only at weekends & holidays
4
Not often (less than once a week)
5
Not at all
If not at all go to B3c on page 6
qc_B3_a == 5
Else

When you wear them, do you have them on during the day and at night (when you are asleep)?

1
daytime only
2
night time only (when in bed)
3
both day and night

How often do you wear clip-on earrings? Tick only one box

1
Most of the time
2
A few days a week
3
Only at weekends & holidays
4
Not often (less than once a week)
5
Not at all

How often do you wear ear cuffs? Tick only one box

1
Most of the time
2
A few days a week
3
Only at weekends & holidays
4
Not often (less than once a week)
5
Not at all
If you wear earrings at all (pierced, clip-on, or ear cuffs), please tell us what sorts you wear. If you are not sure, please ask a grown-up.
-

1 - Yes

real gold or gold-plated
real silver or silver-plated
gold or silver coloured metal
plastic
Don't forget the back of your earrings could be made of something different than the front.

If you wear earrings at all (pierced, clip-on, or ear cuffs), please tell us what sorts you wear. If you are not sure, please ask a grown-up. something else (please tick) please tell us what you think they are made of:

1
Yes
Other

Are you allowed to wear earrings at school?

1
Yes
2
No

Do you have any favourite earrings?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_B6_a == 1

What are they like?

Generic text

Have you ever had a rash on your ears, or sore or itchy ears after wearing any sort of earrings or ear cuffs?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to B8 on page 9
qc_B7_a == 2
Else

When have your ears felt sore or itchy?

1
just after they were pierced

When have your ears felt sore or itchy?

1
sometimes with pierced earrings
2
most of the time with pierced earrings

When have your ears felt sore or itchy?

1
sometimes with clip-on earrings or cuffs
2
most of the time with clip-on earrings or cuffs

What happens? feel sore

1
Yes

What happens? feel itchy

1
Yes

What happens? have a rash

1
Yes

What happens? something else please describe

1
Yes
Other

Have you ever stopped wearing earrings because your ears were sore or itchy?

1
Yes
2
No
Here are some questions about other jewellery (not watches) you might wear:
How often do you wear:
-

1 - Most of the time

2 - Only at weekends & holidays

3 - A few days a week

4 - Less than once a week

5 - Not at all

necklaces or neck chains or chokers
rings or toe rings
things on your arms (other than watches) for example, wristbands or bracelets
ankle chains
badges or brooches
things in your hair, for example, hair jewels or hair slides

How often do you wear: anything else Please tick and tell us what:

1
Most of the time
2
Only at weekends & holidays
3
A few days a week
4
Less than once a week
5
Not at all
Other

Have you ever had a rash on your skin or has it been sore or itchy after wearing jewellery

1
Yes
2
No
If no, please go to B10 on page 10
If yes,
qc_B9_a == 1

How often has this happpened?

1
only once
2
sometimes
3
lots of times

Space for you to write about the jewellery you wear.

Long text
Other body decoration:

Do you ever write or draw or stick things on your skin?

1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to C1 on page 12
If yes,
qc_B11_a == 1

Tell us what you do: write or draw on your skin with pens, (for example, to remember something)

1
Yes
2
No

Tell us what you do: write or draw on your skin with something else. Please say what it is:

1
Yes
2
No
Other

Tell us what you do: put stickers or pretend jewels on your skin

1
Yes
2
No

Tell us what you do: use pretend tattoos on your skin

1
Yes
2
No

Tell us what you do: use body or face glitter

1
Yes
2
No

Tell us what you do: something else, please tell us what:

1
Yes
2
No
Other

Have you ever had a rash, or sore or itchy skin after drawing or sticking things on your skin?

1
Yes
2
No
If yes,
qc_B12_a == 1

can you remember what happened and then tell us?

Long text
Thank you for all the time you spent filling in this questionnaire for Children of the 90s. Just one more page to go!
Section C:

I am a boy/I am a girl

1
I am a boy
2
I am a girl

Who helped you fill this in?

1
A grown-up helped
2
Someone else helped
3
I did it all myself

When were you born?

Date of birth
Thank you VERY much for your help
When completed, please send this back to: Professor Jean Golding Children of the Nineties - ALSPAC Institute of Child Health
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Rings and Things

Section A: Mobile phones

A lot of people have their own mobile phones these days and always carry them with them. Some people just borrow them occasionally.
These questions ask about using a mobile phone even if you do not have one of your own.
Have you ever used a mobile phone?
1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to Section B on page 5
Whose mobile phone have you used? a friend's
1
Yes
2
No
Whose mobile phone have you used? brother or sister's
1
Yes
2
No
Whose mobile phone have you used? parent's
1
Yes
2
No
Whose mobile phone have you used? your very own
1
Yes
2
No
Whose mobile phone have you used? someone else's
1
Yes
2
No
How old were you when you first used a mobile phone? ... years old
Age in years
How long altogether do you usually use a mobile phone now? on a school day
1
Not at all
2
Less than 15 minutes
3
15-30 minutes
4
more than 30 minutes
How long altogether do you usually use a mobile phone now? on a weekend day
1
Not at all
2
Less than 15 minutes
3
15-30 minutes
4
more than 30 minutes
How many different calls do you usually receive or make on your mobile (don't include text messages)? on a school day
1
None
2
1 or 2
3
3 or 4
4
5 or 6
5
7 or more
How many different calls do you usually receive or make on your mobile (don't include text messages)? on a weekend day
1
None
2
1 or 2
3
3 or 4
4
5 or 6
5
7 or more
Do you send and receive text messages?
1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to A6 below
about how many texts do you send? on a school day
1
None
2
1 or 2
3
3 or 4
4
5 or 6
5
7 or more
about how many texts do you send? on a weekend day
1
None
2
1 or 2
3
3 or 4
4
5 or 6
5
7 or more
Where do you usually carry the phone?
1
on a belt
2
in your pocket
3
in a bag
4
somewhere else where?
5
don't carry it around
Other

Have you noticed any of these while you were speaking on the phone for a long time?

-

1 - Yes

2 - No

Ear felt hot
Side of head felt hot
Felt dizzy
Got a headache
Got a sore throat
Felt very tired
Pain in your arm
Have you noticed any of these while you were speaking on the phone for a long time? Anything else (please tell us)
1
Yes
2
No
Other
Which of the following mobile phones do you use mostly?
1
Motorola
2
Sony
3
Nokia
4
Ericsson
5
Siemens
6
Samsung
7
Other (please tell us what the name is)
Other
Which model is your phone? (There may be a model number written on the front. Have a look and tell us what it is.)
Generic text
Which network system (provider) does your mobile phone use?
1
Vodafone
2
BT Cellnet
3
Orange
4
One2One or Virgin
5
Other (please tell us which name)
Other

Section B: Jewellery

First some questions about earrings. Both boys and girls sometimes have their ears pierced these days.
Have you ever had your ears pierced?
1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to question B3c on page 6
How many holes have you had pierced in your ears altogether?
How many
How old were you when you first had your ear(s) pierced? ... years
Age in years
After taking your earring(s) out, have your ear lobes ever felt that there were little lumps in them where the earrings go in?
1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to question B3a below

When have there been lumps like this?

-

1 - Yes

Just after they were pierced (when they were settling down)
Only sometimes
Most of the time
How often do you wear pierced earrings? Tick only one box
1
Most of the time
2
A few days a week
3
Only at weekends & holidays
4
Not often (less than once a week)
5
Not at all
When you wear them, do you have them on during the day and at night (when you are asleep)?
1
daytime only
2
night time only (when in bed)
3
both day and night
How often do you wear clip-on earrings? Tick only one box
1
Most of the time
2
A few days a week
3
Only at weekends & holidays
4
Not often (less than once a week)
5
Not at all
How often do you wear ear cuffs? Tick only one box
1
Most of the time
2
A few days a week
3
Only at weekends & holidays
4
Not often (less than once a week)
5
Not at all

If you wear earrings at all (pierced, clip-on, or ear cuffs), please tell us what sorts you wear. If you are not sure, please ask a grown-up.

-

1 - Yes

real gold or gold-plated
real silver or silver-plated
gold or silver coloured metal
plastic
Don't forget the back of your earrings could be made of something different than the front.
If you wear earrings at all (pierced, clip-on, or ear cuffs), please tell us what sorts you wear. If you are not sure, please ask a grown-up. something else (please tick) please tell us what you think they are made of:
1
Yes
Other
Are you allowed to wear earrings at school?
1
Yes
2
No
Do you have any favourite earrings?
1
Yes
2
No
What are they like?
Generic text
Have you ever had a rash on your ears, or sore or itchy ears after wearing any sort of earrings or ear cuffs?
1
Yes
2
No
When have your ears felt sore or itchy?
1
just after they were pierced
When have your ears felt sore or itchy?
1
sometimes with pierced earrings
2
most of the time with pierced earrings
When have your ears felt sore or itchy?
1
sometimes with clip-on earrings or cuffs
2
most of the time with clip-on earrings or cuffs
What happens? feel sore
1
Yes
What happens? feel itchy
1
Yes
What happens? have a rash
1
Yes
What happens? something else please describe
1
Yes
Other
Have you ever stopped wearing earrings because your ears were sore or itchy?
1
Yes
2
No

Here are some questions about other jewellery (not watches) you might wear:

How often do you wear:

-

1 - Most of the time

2 - Only at weekends & holidays

3 - A few days a week

4 - Less than once a week

5 - Not at all

necklaces or neck chains or chokers
rings or toe rings
things on your arms (other than watches) for example, wristbands or bracelets
ankle chains
badges or brooches
things in your hair, for example, hair jewels or hair slides
How often do you wear: anything else Please tick and tell us what:
1
Most of the time
2
Only at weekends & holidays
3
A few days a week
4
Less than once a week
5
Not at all
Other
Have you ever had a rash on your skin or has it been sore or itchy after wearing jewellery
1
Yes
2
No
If no, please go to B10 on page 10
How often has this happpened?
1
only once
2
sometimes
3
lots of times
Space for you to write about the jewellery you wear.
Long text

Other body decoration:

Do you ever write or draw or stick things on your skin?
1
Yes
2
No
If no, go to C1 on page 12
Tell us what you do: write or draw on your skin with pens, (for example, to remember something)
1
Yes
2
No
Tell us what you do: write or draw on your skin with something else. Please say what it is:
1
Yes
2
No
Other
Tell us what you do: put stickers or pretend jewels on your skin
1
Yes
2
No
Tell us what you do: use pretend tattoos on your skin
1
Yes
2
No
Tell us what you do: use body or face glitter
1
Yes
2
No
Tell us what you do: something else, please tell us what:
1
Yes
2
No
Other
Have you ever had a rash, or sore or itchy skin after drawing or sticking things on your skin?
1
Yes
2
No
can you remember what happened and then tell us?
Long text
Thank you for all the time you spent filling in this questionnaire for Children of the 90s. Just one more page to go!

Section C:

I am a boy/I am a girl
1
I am a boy
2
I am a girl
Who helped you fill this in?
1
A grown-up helped
2
Someone else helped
3
I did it all myself
When were you born?
Date of birth
Thank you VERY much for your help
When completed, please send this back to: Professor Jean Golding Children of the Nineties - ALSPAC Institute of Child Health