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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

Do you ever use a computer at home? This includes computers for playing games but not games consoles.

1
Yes
2
No
3
Don't have a computer at home
If Yes to question 3
qc_3 == 1

How often do you use a computer at home for doing schoolwork or course work?

1
Every day
2
At least once a week
3
At least once a month
4
Less often than once a month
5
Never

How many hours do you spend using the computer at home for playing games 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 often do you use the computer at home for connecting to the Internet, including for playing games?

1
Every day
2
At least once a week
3
At least once a month
4
Less often than once a month
5
Never

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

1
Yes
2
No
If Yes to question 7
qc_7 == 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 or anyone else in your house have a games console such as Playstation, X-Box, Wii or something like that?

1
Yes
2
No
If Yes to question 9
qc_9 == 1

How many hours do you spend playing games on a games console 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 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 have your own personal mobile phone?

1
Yes
2
No

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

How many?
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
1-2 times
3
3-5 times
4
6-7 times

Do you feel supported by your family, that is the people who live with you?

1
I feel supported by my family in most or all of the things I do
2
I feel supported by my family in some of the things I do
3
I do not feel supported by my family in the things I do

Suppose you felt upset or worried about something and you wanted to talk about it. Who would you turn to first within your family?

1
Mum or stepmum
2
Dad or stepdad
3
A brother or sister (or step-brother/sister)
4
Another relative living with you
5
Another relative not living with you
6
No-one within my family

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

Do you have any brothers or sisters living with you at home?

1
Yes
2
No
If Yes to question 18
qc_18 == 1
How often do any of your brothers or sisters do any of the following to you at home?
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Hit, kick, or push you
Take your belongings
Call you nasty names
Make fun of you
How often do you do any of the following to your brothers or sisters at home?
-
Hit, kick, or push them
Take their belongings
Call them nasty names
Make fun of them
The next few questions are about your relationship with your parents even if either of them live in a different household to you.

Most children have occasional quarrels with their parents. How often do you quarrel with your mother?

1
Most days
2
More than once a week
3
Less than once a week
4
Hardly ever
5
Don't have a mother

How often do you quarrel with your father?

1
Most days
2
More than once a week
3
Less than once a week
4
Hardly ever
5
Don't have a father

How often do you talk to your mother, about things that matter to you?

1
Most days
2
More than once a week
3
Less than once a week
4
Hardly ever
5
Don't have a mother

How often do you talk to your father, about things that matter to you?

1
Most days
2
More than once a week
3
Less than once a week
4
Hardly ever
5
Don't have a father

Do you have a step-mother or father, or someone like this, living at home with you?

1
Yes
2
No
If Yes to question 25
qc_25 == 1

How would you rate your relationship with your step-mother or father, or other person like this?

1
Very good
2
Good
3
Fair
4
Poor
5
Very poor
Now for some questions about how you see yourself as a person. For each item, please tick the box for Not True, Somewhat True or Certainly True. It would help us if you answered all items as best you can even if you aren't absolutely certain. Please give your answers on the basis of how things have been for you over the last six months.
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I try to be nice to other people. I care about their feelings
I am restless, I cannot stay still for long
I get a lot of headaches, stomach-aches or sickness
I usually share with others (food, games, pens, etc.)
I get very angry and often lose my temper
I am usually on my own. I generally play alone or keep to myself
I usually do as I am told
I worry a lot
I am helpful if someone is hurt, upset or feeling ill
I am constantly fidgeting or squirming
I have one good friend or more
I fight a lot. I can make other people do what I want
I am often unhappy, down-hearted or tearful
Other people my age generally like me
I am easily distracted, I find it difficult to concentrate
I am nervous in new situations. I easily lose confidence
I am kind to young children
I am often accused of lying or cheating
Other children or young people pick on me or bully me
I often volunteer to help others (parents, teachers, children)
I think before I do things
I take things that are not mine from home, school or elsewhere
I get on better with adults than with people my own age
I have many fears, I am easily scared
I finish the work I'm doing
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...
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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?

Overall, do you like living in this neighbourhood?

1
Yes
2
No

How much do you worry that you might be a victim of a crime?

1
A big worry
2
A bit of a worry
3
An occasional doubt
4
Not a worry at all

How safe would you feel walking alone in this area after dark?

1
Very safe
2
Fairly safe
3
A bit unsafe
4
Very unsafe
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

In the future, young people may have to stay in education or training until they are aged 18. 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 33
qc_33 >= 2 && qc_33 <= 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

My parents are interested in how I do at school.

1
Always or nearly always
2
Sometimes
3
Hardly ever
4
Never
5
Not sure

My parents come to school parents evenings.

1
Always or nearly always
2
Sometimes
3
Hardly ever
4
Never
5
Not sure

How often do other pupils at your school misbehave or cause trouble in your classes?

1
In most or all of your classes
2
Less often but in more than half of your classes
3
In about half your classes
4
Now and then
5
This is not a problem at all

And how often would you say you yourself misbehave or cause trouble in your classes?

1
In most or all of your classes
2
Less often but in more than half of your classes
3
In about half your classes
4
Now and then
5
This is not a problem at all
Now some questions about bullying at school.

How often do you get physically bullied at school, for example getting hit, pushed around or threatened, or having belongings stolen?

1
Never
2
Not much (1-3 times in last 6 months)
3
Quite a lot (more than 4 times in the last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)

How often do you get bullied in other ways at school such as getting called names, getting left out of games, or having nasty stories spread about you on purpose?

1
Never
2
Not much (1-3 times in last 6 months)
3
Quite a lot (more than 4 times in the last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)

Do you physically bully other children at school by hitting or pushing them around, threatening them or stealing their things?

1
Never
2
Not much (1-3 times in last 6 months)
3
Quite a lot (more than 4 times in the last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)

How often do you bully children in other ways at school such as calling them names, leaving them out of games or spreading nasty stories about them on purpose?

1
Never
2
Not much (1-3 times in last 6 months)
3
Quite a lot (more than 4 times in the last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)
Here are some questions about money and any work you may do.

Which of the following describes what you usually do with your money?

1
I save up to buy things I want
2
I save money and try not to spend it
3
I spend money as soon as I get it
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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
Do you ever use a computer at home? This includes computers for playing games but not games consoles.
1
Yes
2
No
3
Don&#39;t have a computer at home
qc_3 == 1
How often do you use a computer at home for doing schoolwork or course work?
1
Every day
2
At least once a week
3
At least once a month
4
Less often than once a month
5
Never
qc_3 == 1
How many hours do you spend using the computer at home for playing games 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
qc_3 == 1
How often do you use the computer at home for connecting to the Internet, including for playing games?
1
Every day
2
At least once a week
3
At least once a month
4
Less often than once a month
5
Never
Do you belong to a social web-site such as Bebo, Facebook or MySpace?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_7 == 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 or anyone else in your house have a games console such as Playstation, X-Box, Wii or something like that?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_9 == 1
How many hours do you spend playing games on a games console 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 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 have your own personal mobile phone?
1
Yes
2
No
How many close friends do you have - friends you could talk to if you were in some kind of trouble?
How many?
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
1-2 times
3
3-5 times
4
6-7 times
Do you feel supported by your family, that is the people who live with you?
1
I feel supported by my family in most or all of the things I do
2
I feel supported by my family in some of the things I do
3
I do not feel supported by my family in the things I do
Suppose you felt upset or worried about something and you wanted to talk about it. Who would you turn to first within your family?
1
Mum or stepmum
2
Dad or stepdad
3
A brother or sister (or step-brother/sister)
4
Another relative living with you
5
Another relative not living with you
6
No-one within my family
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
Do you have any brothers or sisters living with you at home?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_18 == 1

How often do any of your brothers or sisters do any of the following to you at home?

-
Hit, kick, or push you
Take your belongings
Call you nasty names
Make fun of you
qc_18 == 1

How often do you do any of the following to your brothers or sisters at home?

-
Hit, kick, or push them
Take their belongings
Call them nasty names
Make fun of them
The next few questions are about your relationship with your parents even if either of them live in a different household to you.
Most children have occasional quarrels with their parents. How often do you quarrel with your mother?
1
Most days
2
More than once a week
3
Less than once a week
4
Hardly ever
5
Don&#39;t have a mother
How often do you quarrel with your father?
1
Most days
2
More than once a week
3
Less than once a week
4
Hardly ever
5
Don&#39;t have a father
How often do you talk to your mother, about things that matter to you?
1
Most days
2
More than once a week
3
Less than once a week
4
Hardly ever
5
Don&#39;t have a mother
How often do you talk to your father, about things that matter to you?
1
Most days
2
More than once a week
3
Less than once a week
4
Hardly ever
5
Don&#39;t have a father
Do you have a step-mother or father, or someone like this, living at home with you?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_25 == 1
How would you rate your relationship with your step-mother or father, or other person like this?
1
Very good
2
Good
3
Fair
4
Poor
5
Very poor

Now for some questions about how you see yourself as a person. For each item, please tick the box for Not True, Somewhat True or Certainly True. It would help us if you answered all items as best you can even if you aren't absolutely certain. Please give your answers on the basis of how things have been for you over the last six months.

-
I try to be nice to other people. I care about their feelings
I am restless, I cannot stay still for long
I get a lot of headaches, stomach-aches or sickness
I usually share with others (food, games, pens, etc.)
I get very angry and often lose my temper
I am usually on my own. I generally play alone or keep to myself
I usually do as I am told
I worry a lot
I am helpful if someone is hurt, upset or feeling ill
I am constantly fidgeting or squirming
I have one good friend or more
I fight a lot. I can make other people do what I want
I am often unhappy, down-hearted or tearful
Other people my age generally like me
I am easily distracted, I find it difficult to concentrate
I am nervous in new situations. I easily lose confidence
I am kind to young children
I am often accused of lying or cheating
Other children or young people pick on me or bully me
I often volunteer to help others (parents, teachers, children)
I think before I do things
I take things that are not mine from home, school or elsewhere
I get on better with adults than with people my own age
I have many fears, I am easily scared
I finish the work I&#39;m doing

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?
Overall, do you like living in this neighbourhood?
1
Yes
2
No
How much do you worry that you might be a victim of a crime?
1
A big worry
2
A bit of a worry
3
An occasional doubt
4
Not a worry at all
How safe would you feel walking alone in this area after dark?
1
Very safe
2
Fairly safe
3
A bit unsafe
4
Very unsafe
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
In the future, young people may have to stay in education or training until they are aged 18. 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_33 >= 2 && qc_33 <= 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
My parents are interested in how I do at school.
1
Always or nearly always
2
Sometimes
3
Hardly ever
4
Never
5
Not sure
My parents come to school parents evenings.
1
Always or nearly always
2
Sometimes
3
Hardly ever
4
Never
5
Not sure
How often do other pupils at your school misbehave or cause trouble in your classes?
1
In most or all of your classes
2
Less often but in more than half of your classes
3
In about half your classes
4
Now and then
5
This is not a problem at all
And how often would you say you yourself misbehave or cause trouble in your classes?
1
In most or all of your classes
2
Less often but in more than half of your classes
3
In about half your classes
4
Now and then
5
This is not a problem at all
Now some questions about bullying at school.
How often do you get physically bullied at school, for example getting hit, pushed around or threatened, or having belongings stolen?
1
Never
2
Not much (1-3 times in last 6 months)
3
Quite a lot (more than 4 times in the last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)
How often do you get bullied in other ways at school such as getting called names, getting left out of games, or having nasty stories spread about you on purpose?
1
Never
2
Not much (1-3 times in last 6 months)
3
Quite a lot (more than 4 times in the last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)
Do you physically bully other children at school by hitting or pushing them around, threatening them or stealing their things?
1
Never
2
Not much (1-3 times in last 6 months)
3
Quite a lot (more than 4 times in the last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)
How often do you bully children in other ways at school such as calling them names, leaving them out of games or spreading nasty stories about them on purpose?
1
Never
2
Not much (1-3 times in last 6 months)
3
Quite a lot (more than 4 times in the last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)
Here are some questions about money and any work you may do.
Which of the following describes what you usually do with your money?
1
I save up to buy things I want
2
I save money and try not to spend it
3
I spend money as soon as I get it
How much money did you receive last week to spend on yourself? Please include pocket money and any allowance you get. But if you have a job, do not include money you earned. Write in number of £ ... and pence
How many?
Pence
Did you do any paid work last week?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_46 == 1
How many hours paid work did you do last week? If you have more than one job please write in the total hours worked at all of them.
Hours in week
qc_46 == 1
What was your total pay last week? If you earned money from more than one job, please write in the total you earned from all of them. Write in number of £ ... and pence
How many?
Pence
The next questions are about taking care of others
Some people your age may have to look after other people. This could be a brother or sister, a relative or someone else who is disabled or sick. Is there anyone like this who lives here with you that you have to look after on a regular basis?
1
Yes - in this household
2
No
qc_49 == 1
Who do you look after? Tick all that apply.
1
Mother/Father
2
Grandfather/Grandmother
3
Brother/Sister
4
Another adult relative
5
Another adult who is not a relative
6
Another child relative
7
Another child who is not a relative
qc_49 == 1
About how many hours a week would you say that you usually spend looking after or doing things for them?
Hours in week
qc_49 == 1
How often do you have to miss school to do this?
1
Never
2
Once a week or more often
3
Once or twice a month
Here are a few questions about health and nutrition.
How many days in a usual week do you eat fast food such as McDonalds, Burger King, KFC or other take-aways like that?
1
Every day, or nearly every day
2
About once a week
3
Every now and then
4
Never or hardly ever
How many days in a usual week do you eat crisps or sweets or have fizzy drinks such as Coke or lemonade?
1
Every day, or nearly every day
2
About once a week
3
Every now and then
4
Never or hardly ever
Do you ever smoke cigarettes at all?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_55 == 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.
Do you have any friends who drink alcohol regularly, that is at least once a week?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever had an alcoholic drink? That is a whole drink, not just a sip.
1
Yes
2
No
qc_58 == 1
And would you say that you drink regularly, that is at least once a week?
1
Yes
2
No
qc_58 == 1
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
How often in the past month have you had a fight with someone that involved physical violence, such as hitting, punching, or kicking?
1
None
2
Once
3
2-5 times
4
6-9 times
5
10 or more times
In the past year, have you deliberately broken or damaged property that didn't belong to you?
1
Never
2
Once or twice
3
Several times
4
Often
In the past year, have you taken something from a shop, supermarket, or department store without paying?
1
Never
2
Once or twice
3
Several times
4
Often
Please tick one answer on the list for each of the following questions.
Which of the following groups do you think you belong to?
1
White: British
2
White: English
3
White: Scottish
4
White: Welsh
5
White: Northern Irish
6
White: Irish
7
White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller
8
White: Any other White Background
9
Mixed: White and Black Caribbean
10
Mixed: White and Black African
11
Mixed: White and Asian
12
Mixed: Any other mixed background
13
Asian or Asian British: Indian
14
Asian or Asian British: Pakistani
15
Asian or Asian British: Bangladeshi
16
Asian or Asian British: Chinese
17
Asian or Asian British: Any other Asian background
18
Black / African / Caribbean / Black British: Caribbean
19
Black / African / Caribbean / Black British: African
20
Black / African / Caribbean / Black British: Any other Black background
21
Other: Arab
22
Other: Any other ethnic group
And what is your religion? If you have no religion tick "No religion".
1
No religion
2
Church of England/Anglican
3
Roman Catholic
4
Church of Scotland
5
Free Church or Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland
6
Episcopalian
7
Methodist
8
Baptist
9
Congregational/United Reform/URC
10
Other Christian
11
Christian (no denomination specified)
12
Muslim/Islam
13
Hindu
14
Jewish
15
Sikh
16
Buddhist
17
Other
18
I don&#39;t know
If you could vote for a political party, which one would you vote for?
1
Conservatives
2
Labour
3
Liberal Democrat
4
Scottish National Party
5
Plaid Cymru
6
Green Party
7
Other party
8
None
How interested are you in politics?
1
Very interested
2
Fairly interested
3
Not interested
The final two questions are about what you want to do in the future.
At what age would you like to leave home?
How many?
Finally, what job would you like to do once you leave school or finish your full-time education?
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Thank you for your help
Please place the questionnaire in the envelope and hand it back to your interviewer.
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US3 Youth self-completion