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British Social Attitudes Survey Panel Study, 1983-1986 (ICPSR 3090)

Principal Investigator(s): Social and Community Planning Research


This survey is part of a continuing series designed to monitor trends in a wide range of social attitudes in Great Britain. The British Social Attitudes Survey (BSA) is similar to the General Social Survey carried out by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) in the United States. The BSA questionnaire has two parts, one administered by an interviewer and the other completed by the respondent. This panel study is very closely linked, both in terms of design and content, to the British Social Attitudes cross-sectional series. Given that a key aim of the series was to look at trends and changes in attitudes over time, there were strong arguments for using a longitudinal (rather than a repeated cross-sectional) design since this would allow analysis of change to be linked to individual characteristics. The panel study was a unique opportunity to explore the methodological and analytical considerations of a longitudinal approach. The panel study compromises four interviews with individual respondents carried out on an annual basis. The field work for the cross-sectional and panel surveys took place at approximately the same time each year during the years 1983-1986. The topics covered in the questionnaires (by section) were as follows: (1) politics/defense, (2) economic expectations, evaluations, labor market participation, (3) social expenditures, welfare state, housing, education, the National Health Service, (4) crime/police, social class, religion, divorce, racial prejudices, household division of labor, public and personal morality, sexual morals, and (6) change of attitude (perceived). Additional demographic data gathered included age, gender, education, occupation, household income, marital status, social class, and religious and political affiliations.

Series: British Social Attitudes Survey Series

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Study Description


Social and Community Planning Research. BRITISH SOCIAL ATTITUDES SURVEY PANEL STUDY, 1983-1986. ICPSR03090-v2. Brentwood, Essex, England: Social and Community Planning Research [producer], 1987. Colchester, Essex, England: UK Data Archive/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2008-01-07. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03090.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03090.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, child care, crime, defense (military), divorce, economic conditions, education, environment, expectations, government programs, government spending, health care, housing, labor markets, marriage, morality, national economy, political issues, political participation, public confidence, racial attitudes, religious affiliation, social attitudes, social change, social issues, social values, trends, values, welfare services

Geographic Coverage:    Great Britain, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1983--1986

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and older living in private households in Great Britain (excluding the 'crofting counties' north of the Caledonian Canal).

Data Collection Notes:

(1) Under agreement with the UK Data Archive (UKDA), the data are disseminated as they were received, without additional processing by ICPSR. This agreement also provides that ICPSR will disseminate the data only for use within its member institutions. Persons from nonmember institutions may request these data directly from the UKDA. (2) The data are provided as an SPSS portable file. (3) The text documentation provided by the data producer includes a description of the study and references (User Guide). (4) For more information regarding this study, please see the UKDA Web site.



Original ICPSR Release:   2001-07-26

Version History:

  • 2008-01-07 The PDF documentation was resupplied by the UK Data Archive (UKDA), and the text documentation was provided as additional materials by the UKDA.

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