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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 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?

Write in number

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? Please tick one box only.

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?
-

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)

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?
-

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)

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

1 - Not true

2 - Somewhat true

3 - Certainly true

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....
-

1 - 1

2 - 2

3 - 3

4 - 4

5 - 5

6 - 6

7 - 7

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 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

At the moment, young people can leave school at 16. What would you most like to do when you are 16?

1
Get a full time job
2
Study full time
3
Get a job and study
4
Do something else
5
Don't know
If Study full time, Get a job and study, Do something else or Don't know to question 28
qc_28 == 2 || qc_28 == 3 || qc_28 == 4 || qc_28 == 5

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't know

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 parent evenings.

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

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

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 class?

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
Never

How often do you get physically bullied at school, for example getting pushed around, hit 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 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 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 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 last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)

Do you physically bully other 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 last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)
Here are a few questions about health and nutrition.

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

And 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

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 44
qc_44 == 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'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

Have you ever had an alcoholic drink? That is a whole drink, not just a sip.

1
Yes
2
No

Do you have any friends who drink alcohol regularly, that is at least once a week?

1
Yes
2
No

And would you say that you drink regularly, that is at least once a week?

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
Please tick one answer on the list for each of the following questions

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
Other Christian
6
Muslim/Islam
7
Hindu
8
Jewish
9
Sikh
10
Other
11
I don't know

And which of the following groups do you think you belong to? Please choose one section and tick the box that applies to you.

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
The final two questions are about what you want to do in the future.

At what age would you like to leave home?

Please write in age:

Age

What job would you like to do once you leave school or finish full-time education?

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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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 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
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
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
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? Please tick one box only.
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

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

-

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)

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?

-

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)

Hit, kick, or push you
Take your belongings
Call you nasty names
Make fun of you
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

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.

-

1 - Not true

2 - Somewhat true

3 - Certainly true

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....

-

1 - 1

2 - 2

3 - 3

4 - 4

5 - 5

6 - 6

7 - 7

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 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
At the moment, young people can leave school at 16. What would you most like to do when you are 16?
1
Get a full time job
2
Study full time
3
Get a job and study
4
Do something else
5
Don't know
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't know
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 parent evenings.
1
Always or nearly always
2
Sometimes
3
Hardly ever
4
Never
5
Not sure
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
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 class?
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
Never
How often do you get physically bullied at school, for example getting pushed around, hit 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 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 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 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 last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)
Do you physically bully other 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 last 6 months)
4
A lot (a few times every week)
Here are a few questions about health and nutrition.
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
And 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
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
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'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
Have you ever had an alcoholic drink? That is a whole drink, not just a sip.
1
Yes
2
No
Do you have any friends who drink alcohol regularly, that is at least once a week?
1
Yes
2
No
And would you say that you drink regularly, that is at least once a week?
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
Please tick one answer on the list for each of the following questions
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
Other Christian
6
Muslim/Islam
7
Hindu
8
Jewish
9
Sikh
10
Other
11
I don't know
And which of the following groups do you think you belong to? Please choose one section and tick the box that applies to you.
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
The final two questions are about what you want to do in the future.
At what age would you like to leave home?
Age
What job would you like to do once you leave school or finish full-time education?
Long text
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Wave 1 Youth Self-Completion Questionnaire