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The cohort members were 23 years old at the time of the 1981 interview, and had reached a stage in their life cycle marked by major transitions - for example, from school or full-time further and higher education to work, from dependent status in their families of origin to independent status as members or heads of new households, from single status to partnership with marriage partners or cohabitees, and from childlessness to parenthood. During the interview survey detailed information was been sought from these young adults about: Employment, unemployment and periods of out of the labour force (including details of economic status for each month since March 1974; dates and durations; occupation; industry; earnings; training; promotion, hours; job satisfaction; job choice; job behaviour; participation in government special schemes etc). Apprenticeship and training (including details of dates and durations; trades and skills; courses and qualifications; and reasons for non-completion etc). Post-school education (including details of dates and duration; courses; subjects; qualifications; failed courses; courses not leading to qualifications; planned courses; finance; literacy and numeracy problems etc). Marriage, cohabitation and children (including details of dates of marriage(s) and cohabitation(s); age and prior status of partner(s); abortion and miscarriage; dates of birth and birthweight of children and experience of lone parenthood, etc). Housing and household (including details of household composition; type and tenure of housing; amenities; housing costs; home ownership aspiration; leaving home; homelessness, etc). Family income, savings and investment (including details of state benefits; other payments from outside the household; savings investments and inheritances). Respondent reported health state and health related behaviour (including details of smoking, drinking, handicap, migraine, epilepsy, asthma and wheezy bronchitis, other conditions requiring regular medical supervision, accidents, hospital admittances and emotional problems). Voluntary activity and leisure, etc (including details of the nature and frequency of activities; religion; voting behaviour; trade union membership; and newspaper readership). Malaise Inventory (a 24 item inventory completed by the respondents at the completion of the interview. This is a measure indicating a tendency towards non-clinical depression developed by the Institute of Psychiatry from the Cornell Medical Index (Rutter and others, 1970)).

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N4REGIONRegion at NCDS4 (1981) - 23 years
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