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bcs_04_ypsc
1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) 2004 Survey
Questionnaire for young people aged 10 – 16 years
Confidential
First, some questions about what people of your age do with their spare time.

On a normal school day, how many hours do you spend watching TV, including videos and DVDs? Remember to include time before and after school.

1
None - I don't watch TV
2
Less than an hour
3
1 to 3 hours
4
4 to 6 hours
5
7 hours or more

On a normal school day, how many hours do you spend playing computer games on your computer at home?

1
Less than an hour
2
1 to 3 hours
3
4 to 6 hours
4
7 hours or more
5
None, I don't play computer games at home
6
I don't have a computer that I can use at home

In the last month, how often have you read a book that was not something you had to read for school?

1
Every day or most days
2
Two, three or four times a week
3
About once a week
4
Once or twice a month
5
Less often than that
6
Never
How often do you go to any of the activities listed below?
-

1 - Every day

2 - Most days

3 - 2 - 3 days a week

4 - 1 day a week

5 - Less than once a week

6 - Hardly ever/ never

Youth clubs
Scouts / guides
Sports clubs / lessons (outside of school time)
Party / nightclub
Other

When you have got free time, who do you usually spend it with?

1
Mum or dad
2
Brother(s) or sister(s)
3
A boyfriend or girlfriend or partner
4
One close friend
5
A group of friends - boys and girls
6
A group of friends the same sex as me
7
No one, I like to spend time on my own

How much pocket money or spending money do you usually get each week? This includes any money you get from your parents or from other relatives. If you do not usually get any money, write 0 in both boxes. I get ... pounds and ... pence.

How many
Pence in pound

When you go out on your own, do your parents – mum or dad – ask you where you are going?

1
Always
2
Nearly always
3
Sometimes
4
Hardly ever
5
Never
6
I never go out on my own

How often, if at all, do you help around the house?

1
Every day or most days
2
Two, three or four times a week
3
About once a week
4
Once or twice a month
5
Less often than that
6
Never

How often do you talk to your mum about what you do at school?

1
Two or more times a week
2
About once a week
3
Once or twice a month
4
Less often than that
5
Never
6
I don't have a mum or I don't see my mum very often
7
I don't go to school

How often do you talk to your mum about other things, like friends, going out and so on?

1
Two or more times a week
2
About once a week
3
Once or twice a month
4
Less often than that
5
Never
6
I don't have a mum or I don't see my mum very often

How often do you talk to your dad about what you do at school?

1
Two or more times a week
2
About once a week
3
Once or twice a month
4
Less often than that
5
Never
6
I don't have a dad or I don't see my dad very often
7
I don't go to school

How often do you talk to your dad about other things, like friends, going out and so on?

1
Two or more times a week
2
About once a week
3
Once or twice a month
4
Less often than that
5
Never
6
I don't have a dad or I don't see my dad very often

How do you feel about your teachers? Read the sentences below and choose the one that best describes you.

1
I like all or nearly all of my teachers
2
I like some of my teachers
3
I like one or two teachers
4
I don't like any of my teachers
5
Don't know
6
I don't go to school

How do you feel about the time you spend at school? Read the sentences below and choose the one that best describes you.

1
I always or nearly always enjoy school
2
I sometimes enjoy school
3
I don't enjoy school very often
4
I never enjoy school
5
Don't know
6
I don't go to school

How important is it to you to get good marks in your schoolwork, tests or exams?

1
Not at all important
2
Not very important
3
Fairly important
4
Very important
5
Don't know
6
I don't go to school

In the last year, how often have you skipped or bunked off school?

1
Never
2
Once or twice
3
Three or four times
4
Five times or more
5
Don't know
6
I don't go to school

What do you want to do when you are 16 and can leave school?

1
Get a job
2
Carry on studying
3
Get a job and study
4
Do something else
5
Don't know
6
I don't go to school

How likely do you think it is that you will go to university or college and study for a degree?

1
Very likely
2
Fairly likely
3
Not very likely
4
Not at all likely
5
Don't know
Now we have some questions about you and how you feel about yourself.
Each question describes two types of young people. For each question, we want you to choose which type of young person is most like you.
When you have decided which of the two types of young people is most like you, tick the box that says how true that description is for you: is it really true or sort of true for you?
For example, if you really don’t like any sports then you should tick as shown below – you don’t like sport and it is really true for you.
If you are not sure what to do, please ask the interviewer to show you.
Start with question 19 on the next page and tick one box for each question.

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people never worry about whether they can do the school work given to them Really true for me
2
Some young people never worry about whether they can do the school work given to them Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people worry about whether they can do the school work given to them Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people worry about whether they can do the school work given to them Really true for me

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people are often unhappy with themselves Really true for me
2
Some young people are often unhappy with themselves Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people are usually pleased with themselves Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people are usually pleased with themselves Really true for me

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people feel they are as clever as others their age Really true for me
2
Some young people feel they are as clever as others their age Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people feel they are not as clever as others their age Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people feel they are not as clever as others their age Really true for me

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people don’t like the way they are leading their lives Really true for me
2
Some young people don’t like the way they are leading their lives Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people like the way they are leading their lives Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people like the way they are leading their lives Really true for me

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people are slow to finish their school work Really true for me
2
Some young people are slow to finish their school work Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people do their school work quickly Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people do their school work quickly Really true for me

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people are usually happy with themselves Really true for me
2
Some young people are usually happy with themselves Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people are often not happy with themselves Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people are often not happy with themselves Really true for me

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people often forget what they learn Really true for me
2
Some young people often forget what they learn Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people usually remember what they learn easily Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people usually remember what they learn easily Really true for me

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people like the kind of person they are most of the time Really true for me
2
Some young people like the kind of person they are most of the time Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people often wish they were like someone else Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people often wish they were like someone else Really true for me

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people do very well at their school work Really true for me
2
Some young people do very well at their school work Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people don’t do very well at their school work Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people don’t do very well at their school work Really true for me

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people are very happy with the way they are Really true for me
2
Some young people are very happy with the way they are Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people wish they were different from the way they are Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people wish they were different from the way they are Really true for me

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people have trouble working out the right answers in school Really true for me
2
Some young people have trouble working out the right answers in school Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people can almost always work out the right answers Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people can almost always work out the right answers Really true for me

Which type of young person is most like you?

1
Some young people aren’t very happy with the way they do most things Really true for me
2
Some young people aren’t very happy with the way they do most things Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people think the way they do most things is fine Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people think the way they do most things is fine Really true for me

This question is about smoking. Read the following sentences carefully and choose the one that best describes you.

1
I have never smoked cigarettes
2
I have smoked cigarettes once or twice only
3
I used to smoke cigarettes, but I don't now
4
I sometimes smoke cigarettes, but I don't smoke every week
5
I smoke cigarettes regularly, once a week or more

This question is about drinking alcohol. Read the following sentences carefully and choose the one that best describes you. Please include whole drinks, not just a sip.

1
I have never drunk alcohol
2
I have drunk alcohol once or twice only
3
I used to drink alcohol but I don't now
4
I sometimes drink alcohol, but I don't drink alcohol every week
5
I drink alcohol regularly, once a week or more

This question is about cannabis – this is also called lots of other things, for example marijuana, dope, hash, spliff, skunk or weed. Read the following sentences carefully and choose the one that best describes you.

1
I have never smoked cannabis
2
I have smoked cannabis once or twice only
3
I used to smoke cannabis, but I don't now
4
I sometimes smoke cannabis, but I don't smoke every week
5
I smoke cannabis regularly, once a week or more

This question is about inhaling or sniffing glue, gas, aerosols or solvents. Read the following sentences carefully and choose the one that best describes you.

1
I have never sniffed glue, gas, aerosols or solvents
2
I have sniffed glue, gas, aerosols or solvents once or twice only
3
I used to sniff glue, gas, aerosols or solvents, but I don’t now
4
I sometimes sniff glue, gas, aerosols or solvents, but I don’t do it every week
5
I sniff glue, gas, aerosols or solvents regularly, once a week or more

Have you ever stolen something from a shop, supermarket or department store?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever been picked on or bullied by another school pupil?

1
Yes
2
No

Have you ever picked on or bullied another school pupil, either by yourself or with someone else?

1
Yes
2
No
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions. Please put your questionnaire in the envelope provided. If the interviewer is still in your home, give the envelope to them. If not, please post it back as soon as possible. All your answers will remain confidential. Please call Freephone if you have any queries.
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1970 British Cohort Study (BCS70) 2004 Survey
Questionnaire for young people aged 10 – 16 years
Confidential
First, some questions about what people of your age do with their spare time.
On a normal school day, how many hours do you spend watching TV, including videos and DVDs? Remember to include time before and after school.
1
None - I don't watch TV
2
Less than an hour
3
1 to 3 hours
4
4 to 6 hours
5
7 hours or more
On a normal school day, how many hours do you spend playing computer games on your computer at home?
1
Less than an hour
2
1 to 3 hours
3
4 to 6 hours
4
7 hours or more
5
None, I don't play computer games at home
6
I don't have a computer that I can use at home
In the last month, how often have you read a book that was not something you had to read for school?
1
Every day or most days
2
Two, three or four times a week
3
About once a week
4
Once or twice a month
5
Less often than that
6
Never

How often do you go to any of the activities listed below?

-

1 - Every day

2 - Most days

3 - 2 - 3 days a week

4 - 1 day a week

5 - Less than once a week

6 - Hardly ever/ never

Youth clubs
Scouts / guides
Sports clubs / lessons (outside of school time)
Party / nightclub
Other
When you have got free time, who do you usually spend it with?
1
Mum or dad
2
Brother(s) or sister(s)
3
A boyfriend or girlfriend or partner
4
One close friend
5
A group of friends - boys and girls
6
A group of friends the same sex as me
7
No one, I like to spend time on my own
How much pocket money or spending money do you usually get each week? This includes any money you get from your parents or from other relatives. If you do not usually get any money, write 0 in both boxes. I get ... pounds and ... pence.
How many
Pence in pound
When you go out on your own, do your parents – mum or dad – ask you where you are going?
1
Always
2
Nearly always
3
Sometimes
4
Hardly ever
5
Never
6
I never go out on my own
How often, if at all, do you help around the house?
1
Every day or most days
2
Two, three or four times a week
3
About once a week
4
Once or twice a month
5
Less often than that
6
Never
How often do you talk to your mum about what you do at school?
1
Two or more times a week
2
About once a week
3
Once or twice a month
4
Less often than that
5
Never
6
I don't have a mum or I don't see my mum very often
7
I don't go to school
How often do you talk to your mum about other things, like friends, going out and so on?
1
Two or more times a week
2
About once a week
3
Once or twice a month
4
Less often than that
5
Never
6
I don't have a mum or I don't see my mum very often
How often do you talk to your dad about what you do at school?
1
Two or more times a week
2
About once a week
3
Once or twice a month
4
Less often than that
5
Never
6
I don't have a dad or I don't see my dad very often
7
I don't go to school
How often do you talk to your dad about other things, like friends, going out and so on?
1
Two or more times a week
2
About once a week
3
Once or twice a month
4
Less often than that
5
Never
6
I don't have a dad or I don't see my dad very often
How do you feel about your teachers? Read the sentences below and choose the one that best describes you.
1
I like all or nearly all of my teachers
2
I like some of my teachers
3
I like one or two teachers
4
I don't like any of my teachers
5
Don't know
6
I don't go to school
How do you feel about the time you spend at school? Read the sentences below and choose the one that best describes you.
1
I always or nearly always enjoy school
2
I sometimes enjoy school
3
I don't enjoy school very often
4
I never enjoy school
5
Don't know
6
I don't go to school
How important is it to you to get good marks in your schoolwork, tests or exams?
1
Not at all important
2
Not very important
3
Fairly important
4
Very important
5
Don't know
6
I don't go to school
In the last year, how often have you skipped or bunked off school?
1
Never
2
Once or twice
3
Three or four times
4
Five times or more
5
Don't know
6
I don't go to school
What do you want to do when you are 16 and can leave school?
1
Get a job
2
Carry on studying
3
Get a job and study
4
Do something else
5
Don't know
6
I don't go to school
How likely do you think it is that you will go to university or college and study for a degree?
1
Very likely
2
Fairly likely
3
Not very likely
4
Not at all likely
5
Don't know
Now we have some questions about you and how you feel about yourself.
Each question describes two types of young people. For each question, we want you to choose which type of young person is most like you.
When you have decided which of the two types of young people is most like you, tick the box that says how true that description is for you: is it really true or sort of true for you?
For example, if you really don’t like any sports then you should tick as shown below – you don’t like sport and it is really true for you.
If you are not sure what to do, please ask the interviewer to show you.
Start with question 19 on the next page and tick one box for each question.
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people never worry about whether they can do the school work given to them Really true for me
2
Some young people never worry about whether they can do the school work given to them Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people worry about whether they can do the school work given to them Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people worry about whether they can do the school work given to them Really true for me
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people are often unhappy with themselves Really true for me
2
Some young people are often unhappy with themselves Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people are usually pleased with themselves Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people are usually pleased with themselves Really true for me
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people feel they are as clever as others their age Really true for me
2
Some young people feel they are as clever as others their age Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people feel they are not as clever as others their age Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people feel they are not as clever as others their age Really true for me
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people don’t like the way they are leading their lives Really true for me
2
Some young people don’t like the way they are leading their lives Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people like the way they are leading their lives Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people like the way they are leading their lives Really true for me
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people are slow to finish their school work Really true for me
2
Some young people are slow to finish their school work Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people do their school work quickly Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people do their school work quickly Really true for me
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people are usually happy with themselves Really true for me
2
Some young people are usually happy with themselves Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people are often not happy with themselves Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people are often not happy with themselves Really true for me
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people often forget what they learn Really true for me
2
Some young people often forget what they learn Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people usually remember what they learn easily Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people usually remember what they learn easily Really true for me
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people like the kind of person they are most of the time Really true for me
2
Some young people like the kind of person they are most of the time Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people often wish they were like someone else Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people often wish they were like someone else Really true for me
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people do very well at their school work Really true for me
2
Some young people do very well at their school work Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people don’t do very well at their school work Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people don’t do very well at their school work Really true for me
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people are very happy with the way they are Really true for me
2
Some young people are very happy with the way they are Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people wish they were different from the way they are Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people wish they were different from the way they are Really true for me
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people have trouble working out the right answers in school Really true for me
2
Some young people have trouble working out the right answers in school Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people can almost always work out the right answers Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people can almost always work out the right answers Really true for me
Which type of young person is most like you?
1
Some young people aren’t very happy with the way they do most things Really true for me
2
Some young people aren’t very happy with the way they do most things Sort of true for me
3
OR Some young people think the way they do most things is fine Sort of true for me
4
OR Some young people think the way they do most things is fine Really true for me
This question is about smoking. Read the following sentences carefully and choose the one that best describes you.
1
I have never smoked cigarettes
2
I have smoked cigarettes once or twice only
3
I used to smoke cigarettes, but I don't now
4
I sometimes smoke cigarettes, but I don't smoke every week
5
I smoke cigarettes regularly, once a week or more
This question is about drinking alcohol. Read the following sentences carefully and choose the one that best describes you. Please include whole drinks, not just a sip.
1
I have never drunk alcohol
2
I have drunk alcohol once or twice only
3
I used to drink alcohol but I don't now
4
I sometimes drink alcohol, but I don't drink alcohol every week
5
I drink alcohol regularly, once a week or more
This question is about cannabis – this is also called lots of other things, for example marijuana, dope, hash, spliff, skunk or weed. Read the following sentences carefully and choose the one that best describes you.
1
I have never smoked cannabis
2
I have smoked cannabis once or twice only
3
I used to smoke cannabis, but I don't now
4
I sometimes smoke cannabis, but I don't smoke every week
5
I smoke cannabis regularly, once a week or more
This question is about inhaling or sniffing glue, gas, aerosols or solvents. Read the following sentences carefully and choose the one that best describes you.
1
I have never sniffed glue, gas, aerosols or solvents
2
I have sniffed glue, gas, aerosols or solvents once or twice only
3
I used to sniff glue, gas, aerosols or solvents, but I don’t now
4
I sometimes sniff glue, gas, aerosols or solvents, but I don’t do it every week
5
I sniff glue, gas, aerosols or solvents regularly, once a week or more
Have you ever stolen something from a shop, supermarket or department store?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever been picked on or bullied by another school pupil?
1
Yes
2
No
Have you ever picked on or bullied another school pupil, either by yourself or with someone else?
1
Yes
2
No
Thank you very much for taking the time to answer our questions. Please put your questionnaire in the envelope provided. If the interviewer is still in your home, give the envelope to them. If not, please post it back as soon as possible. All your answers will remain confidential. Please call Freephone if you have any queries.
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BCS70 Age 34 Questionnaire for Young People 10-16 years