Questionnaires

The Age 14 survey was the most complex MCS survey to date. The cohort members were more involved than ever before. Information was gathered from the cohort members’ parents or guardians by Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) interview and Computer Self-Interviewing (CASI) self-completion.

The cohort member completed their own questionnaire on the interviewer’s tablet and in addition did two cognitive assessments and had three physical measurements taken. They were also asked to wear an activity monitor for two days after the household visit and complete a time use record for these two days as well.

Parents were also invited to do a cognitive assessment. Cohort members and resident biological parents were asked to provide a saliva sample for DNA extraction.

The main elements were:

Main Respondent (55 minutes)

Household Questionnaire
Family Context
Education and Schooling
Parenting Activities
Young Person’s Health
Parent’s Health
Employment, Income and Education
Housing and Local area
Other Matters
Self-completion

Partner Respondent (25 minutes)

Family Context
Parenting Activities
Parent’s Health
Employment, Income and Education
Other Matters
Self-completion

Proxy Partner Questionnaire (6 minutes)

Family Context
Parent’s Health
Employment, Income and Education
Other Matters

Parent Cognitive Assessment (5 minutes)

Word Activity

Young Person Questionnaire (45 minutes)

Activities outside school
Internet & social networking
Life satisfaction, happiness & self-esteem,
Fiends & unsupervised time
Pocket money, family financial position & materialism
Anti-social behaviours
School
Secondary school
Attitudes
Other children (incl. bullying)
Risky behaviours (incl. smoking & alcohol) 
Mental health
Future ambitions

Young Person Assessments (20 minutes)

Word Activity

CANTAB Cambridge Gambling Task (Decision making task)

Young Person Physical Measurements (10 minutes)

Height
Weight
Body Fat Percentage

Young Person Activity Monitor

Young Person Time Use Record

Young Person and resident biological parents’ saliva sample