Skip to content

Understanding Society Working Paper Series 2017-08

Data quality in the Understanding Society youth self-completion questionnaire


Publication date

04 Aug 2017


This article addresses some questions about the determinants and nature of response quality in self-completion surveys of young people. Every young person aged 10-15 in Understanding Society is asked to complete a self-administered paper questionnaire. Data from waves 1 to 4 (2009-2013) are analysed. We find lower data quality amongst children who live in households with lower socio-economic status. We find some support for both increasing social desirability bias and the panel conditioning effect. We find no evidence to support a hypothesis that increased difficulty in contacting the household would be associated with reduced data quality in the youth survey.


Young People, Survey Methodology, and Social Stratification

Paper download  


Research home

Research home


Latest findings, new research

Publications search

Search all research by subject and author


Researchers discuss their findings and what they mean for society


Background and context, methods and data, aims and outputs


Conferences, seminars and workshops

Survey methodology

Specialist research, practice and study

Taking the long view

ISER's annual report


Key research themes and areas of interest