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Self-completion questionnaire (10-15 yrs)
COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE
The questions inside cover a wide range of subjects, but each one can be answered simply by ticking the box next to the answer, as in the example below. Next to some of the boxes are arrows and instructions. They show or tell you which question to answer next. If there are no special instructions, just answer the next question.
When you have finished answering the questionnaire, please seal it in the envelope and hand it back to the interviewer. If you have any questions or need help, please ask the interviewer. Thank you again for your help.

Please write in your date of birth.

Date of birth

Please tick whether you are male or female.

1
Male
2
Female

How many hours do you spend watching TV, including video and DVDs, on a normal school day?

1
None
2
Less than an hour
3
1-3 hours
4
4-6 hours
5
7 or more hours

How many hours do you spend watching TV, including video and DVDs, on a weekend, that is on Saturday or Sunday?

1
None
2
Less than an hour
3
1-3 hours
4
4-6 hours
5
7 or more hours

Do you belong to a social web-site such as Bebo, Facebook or MySpace?

1
Yes
2
No
If Yes to question 5
qc_5 == 1

How many hours do you spend chatting or interacting with friends through a social web-site like that on a normal school day?

1
None
2
Less than an hour
3
1-3 hours
4
4-6 hours
5
7 or more hours

Do you ever play multi-player on-line games?

1
Yes
2
No
3
Don't know
The next few questions are about you and your family.

In the past 7 days, how many times have you eaten an evening meal together with the rest of your family who live with you?

1
None
2
1 or 2 times
3
3- 5 times
4
6- 7 times

About how many hours do you spend doing or helping with housework in an average week, such as time spent tidying your bedroom, cooking, cleaning or doing laundry?

1
Don't do any housework
2
Less than one hour
3
1-3 hours
4
4-6 hours
5
7 or more hours

In the past month, how many times have you stayed out after 9.00pm at night without your parents knowing where you were?

1
Never
2
1-2 times
3
3-9 times
4
10 or more times

How many close friends do you have - friends you could talk to if you were in some kind of trouble?

How many

Do you have a steady boyfriend or girlfriend?

1
Yes
2
No
Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree,or strongly disagree, that the following statements apply to yourself.
-
I feel I have a number of good qualities
I feel that I do not have much to be proud of
I certainly feel useless at times
I am able to do things as well as most other people
I am a likeable person
I can usually solve my own problems
All in all, I am inclined to feel I am a failure
At times I feel I am no good at all
Now some questions about how you spend your free time.
How often do you...
-
Go to a party, dance, disco, or nightclub
Go to the cinema
Do painting, drawing, printmaking or sculpture
Go to the theatre (for example play, pantomime or opera)
Use a computer to create original artworks or animation
Go to watch live sport
Go to a pub or bar
Just hang around/mess about near your home
Just hang around/mess about in the high street or the town/city centre
And how often do you...
-
Go to youthclubs, scouts, girl guides or other organised activities
Go to a library (not your school library)
Go to museums or galleries
Go to visit an historic place or stately home
Do voluntary or community work (including doing this as part of school)
Go to a political meeting/ march, rally or demonstration

Over the past month how many books have you read for pleasure? Please do not include comics or magazines. If you have not read any books please enter zero.

How many
Please read each of the following statements and tick the box that best applies to you.
-
We discuss books at home
We discuss TV programmes we have watched at home
My parents/other adults at home buy me books as gifts
My parents/other adults take me to museums or art galleries
My parents/other adults take me to watch sporting events
My parents/other adults take me to the theatre or to see a dance performance or classical music

Do you play a musical instrument?

1
Yes
2
No

Which of the following regular classes do you do outside school, if any? Please tick all the things you do.

1
Music
2
Art
3
Dance
4
Sport
5
Tutorials for school subjects
6
Religious classes
7
None of these

Which of the following regular classes do you do outside school,

if any? Please tick all the things you do. Something else

Other
The next few questions are about how you feel about different aspects of your life.
The faces express various types of feelings. Below each face is a number where '1' is completely happy and '7' is not at all happy.
Please tick the box which comes closest to expressing how you feel about each of the following things...
-
Your school work?
Your appearance?
Your family?
Your friends?
The school you go to?
Which best describes how you feel about your life as a whole?
The next few questions are about any homework you might be asked to do by teachers at your school. 'Homework' is any work set for you by teachers which is to be done outside lessons even if you do the work at school after lessons rather than taking it home with you.

Do you ever get set any homework at school?

1
Yes
2
No
If Yes to question 21
qc_21 == 1

How often are you given homework?

1
Most days
2
Once a week at least
3
Sometimes, less than once a week
4
Hardly ever
5
Never

During an average week in term time, on how many evenings do you do any homework? Please just think about Monday to Friday evenings during term time.

How many

When you do homework on a week-day evening during term time, how many hours do you usually spend doing

your homework?

How many

And how many hours do you usually spend doing homework on the weekend during term-time?

How many

Does anyone here at home help you with your homework, even if it's only occasionally?

1
Yes
2
No

Who usually helps you with your homework?

1
Mum or stepmum
2
Dad or stepdad
3
A brother or sister (or stepbrother/sister)
4
Another relative living with you
5
Any non-relative living with you
6
No one, I do it myself
The next questions are about school and what you want to happen in the future.

How important do you think it is for you to do well in your GCSE exams or Standard Grades (if you live in Scotland)?

1
Very important
2
Important
3
Not very important
4
Not at all important

The age young people must stay in education or training differs somewhat across the UK. What would you most like to do when you have completed your final GCSE/Standard Grade year at around age

16?

1
Get a full time job
2
Stay at school or college to do A levels/Highers
3
Get an apprenticeship
4
Do some other form of training
5
Do something else
6
Don't know
If Stay at school or college to do A levels/Highers, Get an apprenticeship, Do some other form of training, Do something else or Don't know to question 29
qc_29 >= 2 && qc_29 <= 6

Would you like to go on to do further full-time education at a college or university after you finish school?

1
Yes
2
No
3
Don&#39;t know

In the last 12 months, have you ever played truant, that is missed school without permission, even if it was only for a half day or single lesson?

1
Yes
2
No
Here are a few questions about health and nutrition.

In general, would you say your health is...

1
Excellent
2
Very good
3
Good
4
Fair
5
Poor

How many portions of fresh fruit or vegetables do you eat on a typical day? One portion is one piece of fruit or one serving of a vegetable or salad item.

1
5 or more portions
2
3 - 4 portions
3
1-2 portions
4
None

How tall are you without shoes? Please use either feet and inches or metres and centimetres - whichever you know the best. Feet and inches ... Metres and centimetres

Feet and inches
Metres and centimetres
1
Don&#39;t know

And how much do you weigh without clothes on? If you are not sure please write in your best guess. Stones and pounds ... Kilograms

Stones and pounds
Kilograms
1
Not sure and can&#39;t guess

Do you think that you are...

1
About the right weight
2
Underweight
3
Slightly overweight
4
Very overweight
5
Don&#39;t know

Do you ever diet or try to lose weight?

1
Yes, all the time
2
Yes, some of the time
3
No, never

What type of exercise do you do, including things like cycling or walking to school, or what sports do you play? Please tick the box for each one you do.

1
Walking, including walking the dog
2
Swimming or diving
3
Cycling
4
Jogging or running
5
Tennis, squash or badminton
6
Keep fit, aerobics or gym training
7
Football
8
Rugby
9
Netball, basketball or hockey
10
Cricket
11
Athletics
12
Martial Arts
13
Horse riding
14
Gymnastics
15
Dance
16
Other type of sport or activity

How many days in a usual week do you play sports, do aerobics or do some other keep fit activity?

1
Every day
2
5-6 days
3
3-4 days
4
1-2 days
5
Less often than once a week
6
Never or hardly ever

What is the main way you usually travel to school?

1
Walk all the way
2
Ride a bike
3
By bus or tube
4
By car
5
By train
6
Some other way/combination

Do you ever smoke cigarettes at all?

1
Yes
2
No
If Yes to question 41
qc_41 == 1

Please read the statements below and tick the box beside the statement that describes you best.

1
I have smoked only once or twice
2
I used to smoke but I don&#39;t now
3
I sometimes smoke, but not every week
4
I usually smoke between one and six cigarettes a week
5
I usually smoke more than six cigarettes a week
Just to remind you, all your answers are confidential and will not be seen by anyone in your household.
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Self-completion questionnaire (10-15 yrs)
COMPLETING THE QUESTIONNAIRE
The questions inside cover a wide range of subjects, but each one can be answered simply by ticking the box next to the answer, as in the example below. Next to some of the boxes are arrows and instructions. They show or tell you which question to answer next. If there are no special instructions, just answer the next question.
When you have finished answering the questionnaire, please seal it in the envelope and hand it back to the interviewer. If you have any questions or need help, please ask the interviewer. Thank you again for your help.
Please write in your date of birth.
Date of birth
Please tick whether you are male or female.
1
Male
2
Female
How many hours do you spend watching TV, including video and DVDs, on a normal school day?
1
None
2
Less than an hour
3
1-3 hours
4
4-6 hours
5
7 or more hours
How many hours do you spend watching TV, including video and DVDs, on a weekend, that is on Saturday or Sunday?
1
None
2
Less than an hour
3
1-3 hours
4
4-6 hours
5
7 or more hours
Do you belong to a social web-site such as Bebo, Facebook or MySpace?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_5 == 1
How many hours do you spend chatting or interacting with friends through a social web-site like that on a normal school day?
1
None
2
Less than an hour
3
1-3 hours
4
4-6 hours
5
7 or more hours
Do you ever play multi-player on-line games?
1
Yes
2
No
3
Don&#39;t know
The next few questions are about you and your family.
In the past 7 days, how many times have you eaten an evening meal together with the rest of your family who live with you?
1
None
2
1 or 2 times
3
3- 5 times
4
6- 7 times
About how many hours do you spend doing or helping with housework in an average week, such as time spent tidying your bedroom, cooking, cleaning or doing laundry?
1
Don&#39;t do any housework
2
Less than one hour
3
1-3 hours
4
4-6 hours
5
7 or more hours
In the past month, how many times have you stayed out after 9.00pm at night without your parents knowing where you were?
1
Never
2
1-2 times
3
3-9 times
4
10 or more times
How many close friends do you have - friends you could talk to if you were in some kind of trouble?
How many
Do you have a steady boyfriend or girlfriend?
1
Yes
2
No

Please say whether you strongly agree, agree, disagree,or strongly disagree, that the following statements apply to yourself.

-
I feel I have a number of good qualities
I feel that I do not have much to be proud of
I certainly feel useless at times
I am able to do things as well as most other people
I am a likeable person
I can usually solve my own problems
All in all, I am inclined to feel I am a failure
At times I feel I am no good at all
Now some questions about how you spend your free time.

How often do you...

-
Go to a party, dance, disco, or nightclub
Go to the cinema
Do painting, drawing, printmaking or sculpture
Go to the theatre (for example play, pantomime or opera)
Use a computer to create original artworks or animation
Go to watch live sport
Go to a pub or bar
Just hang around/mess about near your home
Just hang around/mess about in the high street or the town/city centre

And how often do you...

-
Go to youthclubs, scouts, girl guides or other organised activities
Go to a library (not your school library)
Go to museums or galleries
Go to visit an historic place or stately home
Do voluntary or community work (including doing this as part of school)
Go to a political meeting/ march, rally or demonstration
Over the past month how many books have you read for pleasure? Please do not include comics or magazines. If you have not read any books please enter zero.
How many

Please read each of the following statements and tick the box that best applies to you.

-
We discuss books at home
We discuss TV programmes we have watched at home
My parents/other adults at home buy me books as gifts
My parents/other adults take me to museums or art galleries
My parents/other adults take me to watch sporting events
My parents/other adults take me to the theatre or to see a dance performance or classical music
Do you play a musical instrument?
1
Yes
2
No
Which of the following regular classes do you do outside school, if any? Please tick all the things you do.
1
Music
2
Art
3
Dance
4
Sport
5
Tutorials for school subjects
6
Religious classes
7
None of these
Which of the following regular classes do you do outside school, if any? Please tick all the things you do. Something else
Other
The next few questions are about how you feel about different aspects of your life.
The faces express various types of feelings. Below each face is a number where '1' is completely happy and '7' is not at all happy.

Please tick the box which comes closest to expressing how you feel about each of the following things...

-
Your school work?
Your appearance?
Your family?
Your friends?
The school you go to?
Which best describes how you feel about your life as a whole?
The next few questions are about any homework you might be asked to do by teachers at your school. 'Homework' is any work set for you by teachers which is to be done outside lessons even if you do the work at school after lessons rather than taking it home with you.
Do you ever get set any homework at school?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_21 == 1
How often are you given homework?
1
Most days
2
Once a week at least
3
Sometimes, less than once a week
4
Hardly ever
5
Never
qc_21 == 1
During an average week in term time, on how many evenings do you do any homework? Please just think about Monday to Friday evenings during term time.
How many
qc_21 == 1
When you do homework on a week-day evening during term time, how many hours do you usually spend doing your homework?
How many
qc_21 == 1
And how many hours do you usually spend doing homework on the weekend during term-time?
How many
qc_21 == 1
Does anyone here at home help you with your homework, even if it's only occasionally?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_21 == 1
Who usually helps you with your homework?
1
Mum or stepmum
2
Dad or stepdad
3
A brother or sister (or stepbrother/sister)
4
Another relative living with you
5
Any non-relative living with you
6
No one, I do it myself
The next questions are about school and what you want to happen in the future.
How important do you think it is for you to do well in your GCSE exams or Standard Grades (if you live in Scotland)?
1
Very important
2
Important
3
Not very important
4
Not at all important
The age young people must stay in education or training differs somewhat across the UK. What would you most like to do when you have completed your final GCSE/Standard Grade year at around age 16?
1
Get a full time job
2
Stay at school or college to do A levels/Highers
3
Get an apprenticeship
4
Do some other form of training
5
Do something else
6
Don&#39;t know
qc_29 >= 2 && qc_29 <= 6
Would you like to go on to do further full-time education at a college or university after you finish school?
1
Yes
2
No
3
Don&#39;t know
In the last 12 months, have you ever played truant, that is missed school without permission, even if it was only for a half day or single lesson?
1
Yes
2
No
Here are a few questions about health and nutrition.
In general, would you say your health is...
1
Excellent
2
Very good
3
Good
4
Fair
5
Poor
How many portions of fresh fruit or vegetables do you eat on a typical day? One portion is one piece of fruit or one serving of a vegetable or salad item.
1
5 or more portions
2
3 - 4 portions
3
1-2 portions
4
None
How tall are you without shoes? Please use either feet and inches or metres and centimetres - whichever you know the best. Feet and inches ... Metres and centimetres
Feet and inches
Metres and centimetres
1
Don&#39;t know
And how much do you weigh without clothes on? If you are not sure please write in your best guess. Stones and pounds ... Kilograms
Stones and pounds
Kilograms
1
Not sure and can&#39;t guess
Do you think that you are...
1
About the right weight
2
Underweight
3
Slightly overweight
4
Very overweight
5
Don&#39;t know
Do you ever diet or try to lose weight?
1
Yes, all the time
2
Yes, some of the time
3
No, never
What type of exercise do you do, including things like cycling or walking to school, or what sports do you play? Please tick the box for each one you do.
1
Walking, including walking the dog
2
Swimming or diving
3
Cycling
4
Jogging or running
5
Tennis, squash or badminton
6
Keep fit, aerobics or gym training
7
Football
8
Rugby
9
Netball, basketball or hockey
10
Cricket
11
Athletics
12
Martial Arts
13
Horse riding
14
Gymnastics
15
Dance
16
Other type of sport or activity
How many days in a usual week do you play sports, do aerobics or do some other keep fit activity?
1
Every day
2
5-6 days
3
3-4 days
4
1-2 days
5
Less often than once a week
6
Never or hardly ever
What is the main way you usually travel to school?
1
Walk all the way
2
Ride a bike
3
By bus or tube
4
By car
5
By train
6
Some other way/combination
Do you ever smoke cigarettes at all?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_41 == 1
Please read the statements below and tick the box beside the statement that describes you best.
1
I have smoked only once or twice
2
I used to smoke but I don&#39;t now
3
I sometimes smoke, but not every week
4
I usually smoke between one and six cigarettes a week
5
I usually smoke more than six cigarettes a week
Just to remind you, all your answers are confidential and will not be seen by anyone in your household.
Have you ever had an alcoholic drink? That is a whole drink, not just a sip.
1
Yes
2
No
How many times in the last four weeks have you had an alcoholic drink?
1
Most days
2
Once or twice a week
3
2 or 3 times
4
Once only
5
Never
qc_44 >= 1 && qc_44<= 4
Thinking back over the last four weeks, how many times (if any) have you had five or more drinks on one occasion? (A 'drink' is one pint/bottle/can of beer or cider, 2 alcopops, one small glass of wine, a single measure of spirits).
1
None
2
Once
3
Twice
4
Three to five times
5
Six to nine times
6
Ten times or more

On how many occasions (if any) have you been intoxicated or drunk from drinking alcohol, for example staggered when walking, not being able to speak properly, throwing up or not remembering what happened?

-
In your lifetime
During the last twelve months
During the last four weeks

Have you ever tried any of the following...?

-
Glue/solvent sniffing
Cannabis (also known as marijuana, dope, hash or skunk)
Any other illegal drug (including ecstasy, cocaine, speed)
How many times have you ever used or taken any illegal drugs?
1
Never
2
Once or twice
3
Three or four times
4
Five to ten times
5
More than ten times
How difficult do you think it would be for you to get cannabis (marijuana or hash) if you wanted?
1
Impossible
2
Very difficult
3
Fairly difficult
4
Fairly easy
5
Very easy
6
Don&#39;t know

How much do you think PEOPLE RISK harming themselves, physically and in other ways, if they...

-
Smoke cigarettes occasionally
Smoke one or more packs of cigarettes per day
Have one or two alcoholic drinks nearly every day
Have four or five alcoholic drinks nearly every day
Have five or more alcoholic drinks each weekend

And how much do you think PEOPLE RISK harming themselves, physically and in other ways, if they...

-
Try cannabis (marijuana or hash) once or twice
Smoke cannabis (marijuana or hash) occasionally
Smoke cannabis (marijuana or hash) regularly
Try ecstasy once or twice
Try an amphetamine (uppers, pep pills, speed) once or twice
Take amphetamines regularly
Now a few questions about the environment. How often you personally do each of the following things?
How often do you leave the TV on standby?
1
Always
2
Very often
3
Quite often
4
Not very often
5
Never
6
We have no TV at home
How often do you switch off lights in rooms that aren't being used?
1
Always
2
Very often
3
Quite often
4
Not very often
5
Never
How often do you keep the tap running while you brush your teeth?
1
Always
2
Very often
3
Quite often
4
Not very often
5
Never
Do you believe that people in the UK will be affected by climate change in the future?
1
Yes
2
No
3
I don&#39;t know
The next questions are about what you want to do in the future.
At what age do you want to get married? If you don't want to get married then write in zero.
How many
At what age would you like to start a family? If you don't want any children, write in zero.
How many
Thinking about your own future, what would you like to be doing with your life in about ten years' time from now? Write in as much as you like in the space provided.
Long Text
Thank you for your help
Please place the questionnaire in the envelope and hand it back to your interviewer
Or please return to the address below: National Centre for Social Research
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US4 Youth Self-Completion