Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) Data Over Time - Stage 1: Feasibility Report

This report summarises changes in the methodology and questionnaire coverage of SALSUS over time that could impact on the feasibility of producing a unified data-set. It concludes that the data is consistent enough that a combined dataset would allow meaningful analysis of trends over time and posit that Stage 2 of the research should proceed. It also set out recommendations.

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[1] Dobbs J., Marsh A. (1982) Smoking among secondary schoolchildren, HMSO.

[2] Should any reader know anything of this early data, please get in touch with the author.

[3] At the time the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit was based at the University of Edinburgh

[4] Schools have been encouraged to follow up on pupils who were absent on the day of completion.

[5] Sources: OPCS 1982-1986; ONS 1990-1998; NCSR 2000; SALSUS 2002-2013

[6] Ibid

[7] For the final user guide, we will add a table clearly stating the usable base sizes for 13 year old boys, 13 year old girls, 15 year old boys and 15 year old girls separately.

[8] For example, where two questions have been combined into a single question or where a similar question has been asked but in a different context.

[9] This is only noted for questions that are asked specifically in at least one wave.

[10] Particularly in relation to the impact of any changes in the questionnaire design or associated routing.

[11] This question has evolved over time, but should still allow meaningful comparisons over time.

[12] Bar two questions on solvent abuse asked in 1992 and 1994.

[13] The list of drugs asked about has evolved since 1998.



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