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Primary set of harmonised concepts and questions

Primary principles are concepts and questions on key topics that should be used on all social surveys, for example, questions on gender and age.

Harmonisation that extends to all or nearly all major government household surveys can be thought of as covering a primary set of concepts and questions.

These sets of harmonised concepts and questions provide a standard means of collecting information about a given topic.

PDF documents concerning primary principles are available to download from the table.

Title Description
Demographic information, household composition and relationships (69 Kb Pdf) Basic descriptive information about respondents, including age, sex and marital status. Also standard ways of categorising and describing households and families by their members and relationships.
Ethnic group (504.6 Kb Pdf) Standard ways of collecting information on how people describe their ethnic identity.
Economic status and industry (83.4 Kb Pdf) A number of principles used to classify respondents according to their industry, occupation and employment status. These are used to produce standard economic status and socio-economic classifications.
General Health and Carers (37.8 Kb Pdf) Provides questions about general health for respondents. Also includes questions on basic caring for other people.
Long-lasting Health Conditions and Illnesses: Impairments and Disability (136 Kb Pdf) Provides questions about long-term health conditions and illnesses for respondents. Also includes questions on impairments and disabilities.
Other primary harmonised principles (72.6 Kb Pdf) Contains miscellaneous topics, including survey reference period, geography, educational attainment and tenure.
Content from the Office for National Statistics.
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