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Media and online coverage of research and activities for the UK Household Longitudinal Study known as Understanding Society.
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Can Parental Mental Distress Influence Their Teen's Happiness? - Medical News Bulletin

Can Parental Mental Distress Influence Their Teen's Happiness? - Medical News Bulletin | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
In a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers explore the connection between unhappiness in adolescents and mental distress in their parents. The results suggest that female adolescents are more likely to be unhappy due to parental mental distress than males.
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Researchers used data from Understanding Society, the UK Household Longitudinal Study from the years 2009-2015, in order to understand the long-term and dynamic relationships between mental health status of parents and their children.
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Apparently women are more likely to cheat on guys who don't do household chores

Apparently women are more likely to cheat on guys who don't do household chores | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
Misogynists might think that it's only right and proper to keep their women chained to the kitchen sink, but they do so at their peril. Unsurprisingly, it turns ou
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UK Data Service's curator insight, November 28, 4:57 AM
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Self-employed suffer worst of both worlds, says study

Self-employed suffer worst of both worlds, says study | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
Large minority have neither employee protections nor freedoms of being own boss
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The SMF’s analysis of an academic data set called “Understanding Society”, which follows 40,000 households, suggests that self-employed people overall do have more autonomy than employees. Nonetheless, one in three self-employed people said they did not have “a lot” of autonomy over their working hours, while 7 per cent said they had none at all. One in five said they did not have “a lot” of autonomy over their work tasks.
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Could baby boomers be the answer to the nation's savings woes?

Could baby boomers be the answer to the nation's savings woes? | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
A major new study has called for baby boomers to “fundamentally rethink how they pass on their wealth” in order to solve the funding problems younger generations are facing with savings, pensions and property shortfall. Data from leading economic think-thank the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) and wealth manager Brewin Dolphin has found that adults under 44-years-old are failing to save for the short or long term and face an individual pensions shortfall of more than half a million pounds. 
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UK Data Service's curator insight, November 4, 6:39 AM
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Brewin Dolphin calls on Baby Boomers to give to young

Brewin Dolphin calls on Baby Boomers to give to young | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
People underestimate the required size of their pension pots by up to 550 000 and Baby Boomers should give to the young a report by Brewin Dolphin has proposed
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The over 65s are sitting on an estimated housing wealth of £1.3trn, according to total estimated using average values of homes and average adult household size from Understanding Society.
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UK Data Service's curator insight, November 3, 10:14 AM
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New three-year plan unveiled to improve mental health services in Wales

New three-year plan unveiled to improve mental health services in Wales | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
Children and young people with mental health issues and older people with dementia will be prioritised over the next three years
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Understanding Society data was used in this report on mental health.
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UK Data Service's curator insight, October 27, 8:54 AM
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Two-fifths of young workers say avoiding alcohol would stop them fitting in at work - People Management Magazine Online

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UK Data Service's curator insight, October 10, 7:46 AM
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Is binge drinking a passing phase for young people?

Is binge drinking a passing phase for young people? | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
What are the drinking habits of young people in Britain? Drawing on a recent Demos report, Ian Wybron writes that heavy drinking remains an important part of
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Analysing Understanding Society data, which uses a self-completion questionnaire rather than the face-to-face interviews mostly used in the official alcohol surveys,
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How Your Personality Affects The Friends You Make, According To Science

How Your Personality Affects The Friends You Make, According To Science | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
In a paper published in last month's Social Psychological & Personality Science, researchers analyzed data from the British Household Panel Survey, which has followed the same groups of individuals in the UK since the '90s. Among other areas, survey respondents answered questions about their closest friendships; topics ranged from their friends' gender and ethnicity to how far away they live. Participants also took a test measuring their Big Five personality traits: Conscientiousness, extroversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, and openness to experience.
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People Who Don't Use Facebook Feel Prettier Than Everyone Else, Science Says

People Who Don't Use Facebook Feel Prettier Than Everyone Else, Science Says | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
A study carried out by Essex University for Understanding Society found that kids who don't use Facebook or Twitter are happier with their looks.
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A survey of 10 to 15 year olds living in the UK found nearly half of those who spend more than three hours a night on Facebook or Twitter think they’re ugly.
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Money savers are more likely to be SLIM: 'Instant gratification' causes bigger waistlines

Money savers are more likely to be SLIM: 'Instant gratification' causes bigger waistlines | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
PEOPLE who save are more likely to be slim than those who spend more, according to a study.
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The findings came from a study of 15,591 Brits’ health records from the 2010-11 Understanding Society survey.
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Children who use social media for three hours a night more fed up how they look

Children who use social media for three hours a night more fed up how they look | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
Children who are heavy users of social media are unhappier about their appearance than those who never use sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to a leading study supported by the Government.
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The survey of 3,500 children, aged 10 to 15, found that only 53% who were on social networks for more than three hours a night said that they were happy with their appearance, compared to 82% for non-users.
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Kids Using Social Media 'More Likely To Be Unhappy With Appearance'

Kids Using Social Media 'More Likely To Be Unhappy With Appearance' | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
he figures are drawn from a survey of 40,000 UK households - ‘Understanding Society’ - supported by the Government. Alongside the adult surveys were questionnaires for children, aged 10 to 15, looking specifically at their wellbeing.
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The figures are drawn from a survey of 40,000 UK households - ‘Understanding Society’ - supported by the Government. Alongside the adult surveys were questionnaires for children, aged 10 to 15, looking specifically at their wellbeing.
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UK Data Service's curator insight, September 13, 7:14 AM
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The biology of inequality and the role of the generalist

The biology of inequality and the role of the generalist | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
Our warts-and-all account of what it's like to do public health research.
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However, studies such as Understanding Society are beginning to provide us with biological measures from the same individuals measured over several years. This type of longitudinal data will help us to better understand how our bodies change over time and the relative importance of different stages of our lives (for example, childhood versus young adulthood).
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UK self-employed workers may have 'worst of both worlds,' says study - Market Business News

UK self-employed workers may have 'worst of both worlds,' says study - Market Business News | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
A significant number of self-employed workers in the United Kingdom appear to have the worse of both worlds. Not only do they get a worse deal at work compared to employees, they may also be failing to enjoy the benefits traditionally associated with self-employment, such as greater autonom
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UK Data Service's curator insight, November 28, 5:20 AM
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Rich grandparents are your ticket to a comfortable retirement. Here's why

Rich grandparents are your ticket to a comfortable retirement. Here's why | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
It is no great secret that today’s young people are at serious risk of being poor in their retirement.
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UK Data Service's curator insight, November 4, 6:40 AM
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Younger generation ‘need help from old’

Younger generation ‘need help from old’ | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
Affluent grandparents should abandon the time-honoured practice of passing on wealth to younger generations in their wills and hand over some cash in regular dollops while they are stil
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10 Things you didn’t know about sleep - The Hippocratic Post

10 Things you didn’t know about sleep - The Hippocratic Post | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
We all need to sleep, and lack of sleep is linked to depression, behavioural disorders and some of our leading preventable diseases including obesity, heart disease and diabetes. According to a recent poll of 2000 adults by the Royal Society for Public Health, we only get an average of 6.8 hours a night, far less than the 7-9 hours per day recommended for 18-64 year olds. The first step to better sleep, is understanding it. With that in mind, here are 10 facts you may not know about slumber. 1.   You are paralysed when you are dreaming Although you can
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Working long hours – over 48 hours each week – is also likely to have a bad effect on your sleep, particularly if you are female, according to a large-scale study, Understanding Society 2011. Dr Mark Bryan, formerly of the Institute for Social and Economic Research and now a reader in economics at the University of Sheffield, says that the findings were worrying but not unexpected.
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UK Data Service's curator insight, November 1, 10:43 AM
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Alcohol impacts performance, staff feel pressured to drink it: Study

Alcohol impacts performance, staff feel pressured to drink it: Study | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
Some employees say they perform less effectively at work because of alcohol. However, many still feel pressured to drink it.
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Binge drinking ‘social glue’ for students and young workers

Binge drinking ‘social glue’ for students and young workers | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
Peer pressure and a ‘fear of missing out’ is driving binge drinking among students and young workers, study finds.
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Girls becoming unhappier, charity claims - Marilyn Stowe Blog

Girls becoming unhappier, charity claims - Marilyn Stowe Blog | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
There has been an increase of unhappiness amongst girls in this country over the past five years, whereas unhappiness levels amongst boys hasn't changed.
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The findings are based on an analysis of data from the ongoing Understanding Society survey of 40,000 households. The Children’s Society worked with researchers from the University of York.
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UK Data Service's curator insight, October 3, 5:14 AM
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Revealed: Which professions drink the most?

Revealed: Which professions drink the most? | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it

A SURVEY has revealed how young workers' drinking habits differ in the UK.
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UK Data Service's curator insight, September 21, 6:17 AM
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Children who use social media for three hours a night more fed up with how they look

Children who use social media for three hours a night more fed up with how they look | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
CHILDREN who are heavy users of social media are unhappier about their appearance than those who never use sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to a leading study supported by the Government.
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Children who use Facebook are unhappier with their appearance

Children who use Facebook are unhappier with their appearance | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
Parents of children who use social media apps are being warned that heavy usage could lead to insecurities later in life, after a government study revealed that heavy users of such sites are unhappier with their appearance.  A survey of 10 to 15-year-olds found that of those who used Facebook and Twitter for more than three hours a night, only 53 per cent were happy with their looks - compared to 82 per cent among non-users.  
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Using Facebook makes kids ‘hate’ their appearance, study shows

Using Facebook makes kids ‘hate’ their appearance, study shows | Understanding Society in the headlines | Scoop.it
Using Facebook makes kids 'hate' their appearance, study shows
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The government-backed survey by Essex University found 17 per cent of heavy social media users are bullied a lot or quite a lot compared with 11 per cent of light users.
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