F - School and Work

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)).

School and Work
N48624I Most important factor in choosing a job
N48644I 2nd most imp. factor in choosing a job
N48664I 3rd. most imp. factor in choosing a job
N48684I Work is the most imp. thing in life
N48694I Black people can get jobs as well as any
N48704I If unemployed,people think you're nobody
N48714I Good social life more imp. than fun job
N48724I A job gives people a sense of purpose
N48734I Most jobs are dull and boring
N48744I Any job is better than being unemployed
N48754I A woman can get ahead as easily as a man
N48764I The only reason for working is the money
N48774I Ever had careers advice ?
N48784I Source of career advice most influential
N49134I Better to have stayed on at school
N49144I Better to have left school and worked
N49154I Better to have studied elswhere
N49164I Did anything stop you ?
N49174I School -preparation for work
N49184I School -teach econ.and political issues
N49194I School -prep. for managing household
N49204I School -prep. for being a parent
N49214I School -develop skills in games & sports
N49224I School -help make most of spare time
N49234I School - teach maths or arithmetic
N63314I What prevented staying on at school <1>
N63334I What prevented staying on at school <2>
N63354I What prevented staying on at school <3>
N64464I Why didn't start work ealier <1>
N64484I Why didn't start work ealier <2>
N64504I Why didn't start work ealier <3>
N64524I Why didn't study elsewhere <1>
N64534I Why didn't study elsewhere <2>
N64544I Why didn't study elsewhere <3>