British Social Attitudes Survey Series RSS

Investigator(s): Social and Community Planning Research, Sharon Witherspoon, C.R. Airey, and R. Jowell

The British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey series began in 1983, and has been conducted every year since, except in 1988 and 1992. Core funding for BSA is currently provided by Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts and is supplemented by financial support from a number of sources (including government departments, the Economic and Social Research Council [ESRC], and other research foundations). Final responsibility for the coverage and wording of the annual questionnaires rests with the National Centre for Social Research (prior to 1999 called Social and Community Planning Research). The series, designed to produce annual measures of attitudinal shifts, complements large-scale British government surveys such as the General Household Survey and the Labour Force Survey, which deal largely with facts and behavior patterns, as well as the data on party political attitudes produced by the polls. One of the main purposes of the BSA survey is to allow the monitoring of patterns of continuity and change, and the examination of the relative rates at which attitudes, with respect to a range of social issues, change over time. Many questions from this series were also included in the Northern Ireland Social Attitudes Survey, thus allowing direct comparison of the attitudes, values, and beliefs held by citizens of the United Kingdom on both sides of the Irish Sea.

For more information, visit the British Social Attitudes Information System Web site.

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Most Recent Publications

2014
Paterson, Lindsay . Education, social attitudes and social participation among adults in Britain. Sociological Research Online. 19, (1),
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2013
Mountford-Zimdars, Anna,  Jones, Steven,  Sullivan, Alice,  Heath, Anthony . Framing higher education: questions and responses in the British Social Attitudes survey, 1983?2010. British Journal of Sociology of Education. 34, (5-6), 792-811.
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2011
Francis, Leslie J.,  Williams, Emyr,  Village, Andrew . Research note: Multi-faith Britain and family Life: Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, and divorce among different faith groups 1983?2005. Journal of Contemporary Religion. 26, (1), 33-41.
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2008
Ford, Robert . Is racial prejudice declining in Britain?. British Journal of Sociology. 59, (4), 609-636.
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2007
Vardigan, Mary,  Heus, Pascal,  Thomas, Wendy . Data Documentation Initiative: Towards a Standard for the Social Sciences. 3rd International Digital Curation Conference, Curating our Digital Scientific Heritage: a Global Collaborative Challenge. Washington, DC.
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2003
Lowenkamp, Christopher T.,  Cullen, Francis T.,  Pratt, Travis C. Replicating Sampson and Groves's test of social disorganization theory: A criminological classic. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. 40, (4), 351-373.
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2001
Charlwood, A. Influences on Trade Union Organising Effectiveness in Great Britain. Discussion Paper 504. London, UK: Leverhulme Trust.
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2001
Charlwood, A. Why Do Non-Union Employees Want to Unionise? Evidence from Britain. Discussion paper 498. London, UK: Leverhulme Trust.
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2000
Bryson, C.,  Jarvis, L. Trends in Attitudes to Health Care 1983-1998: Report Based on Results From the British Social Attitudes Surveys. London, UK: National Centre for Social Research.
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1999
Burchardt, T.,  Hills, J.,  Propper, C. Private Welfare and Public Policy. York, England: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
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