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British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) & UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS)

Country: United Kingdom

Study Design: Observational cohort with repeated measurements over time

Participant age range: 

  • Children / adolescents at enrollment

  • Early adulthood or midlife

  • Aging adults

Number of participants at baseline: 10,300 (BHPS); 40,000 households (UKHLS)

Year of initial enrollment: 1980

Number of data collection waves: 18 (BHPS), 10 (UKHLS); data collection ongoing

Measures of well-being:

  • Positive psychological well-being (overall / multidimensional)

  • Positive affect

  • Life satisfaction

  • Subjective happiness

  • Social support / integration / cohesion

  • Prosocial behavior or attitudes (e.g., volunteering, helping others)

Quantity of well-being measures (e.g., number of constructs, number of times of well-being was assessed: High

Quality of well-being measures (e.g., were measures reliable and valid in the study population): High

Measures of physical health: 

  • Self-rated / questionnaire-based health

  • Self-report medical history or medication use

  • Measured anthropometrics, e.g., weight

  • Biomarkers

  • Genetics

  • Linked medical records

  • Adjudicated health outcomes

Access information:

This dataset is available to all researchers.

Researchers are required to submit an application to access this data. No fees are required to access this dataset.

Notable Citation: Tabassum F, Mohan J, & Smith P. (2016). Association of volunteering with mental well-being: a lifecourse analysis of a national population-based longitudinal study in the UK. BMJ Open, 6(8), e011327.

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