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Abstract

This study, the first national survey of adults with learning difficulties conducted in England, was commissioned by the Department of Health. The survey focused on what life is like for people with learning difficulties, including where they live and with whom, what they do during the day, and their needs, wants and aspirations. The survey also collected respondents' views on the support received.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Demographics, housing/household support needs, privacy, support at home, caring responsibilities, income, employment, education and training, health, leisure, social relationships and networks, access and involvement (including transport), crime, support services and initiatives, and life satisfaction.
Variables

Demographics, housing/household support needs, privacy, support at home, caring responsibilities, income, employment, education and training, health, leisure, social relationships and networks, access and involvement (including transport), crime, support services and initiatives, life satisfaction.

Keywords
England, advanced level examinations, advice, advocacy (legal), age, artistic activities, assault, bullying, care in the community, care of dependants, care of the disabled, child care, children, clinical tests and measurements, clothing, computers, crime victims, criminal damage, debilitative illness, dental examinations, disabled persons, economic activity, educational courses, emotional states, employment, employment programmes, english (language), everyday life, exercise, eyesight tests, families, financial resources, friends, gender, general certificate of secondary education, health, health consultations, holidays, home help, hostility, household budgets, households, housing conditions, housing tenure, ill health, income, information services, intellectual impairment, interpersonal conflict, job hunting, leisure time activities, life satisfaction, marital status, mentally disabled persons, noise pollution, occupational qualifications, ordinary level examinations, parents, partnerships (personal), pensions, personal finance management, personal social services, physical mobility, physicians, police services, poverty, public transport, qualifications, quality of life, residential care of the disabled, residential mobility
Identifier Variables
GOR, SHA
Area of Health System
Social care, Public health
Data Available
Risk behaviours, Socio-economic, Demographic
Data collecting organization (s)
BMRB. Social Research and Lancaster University. Institute for Health Research
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
National/Regional
National
Coverage (date of field work)
2003, 2004
Unit of Analysis
Individual
Sample

Adults aged 16 years and over with learning difficulties, resident in England during 2003-2004. Respondents were eligible if they were either in receipt of services on the basis of their disability, or defined as having a learning difficulty starting in childhood which reduced their ability to cope independently (excluding people with a specific difficulty in learning such as dyslexia). 2,974 cases.

Availability
ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access
Link
http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/[…]/snDescription.asp?sn=5293
Contact
help@esds.ac.uk
Publications
http://www.data-archive.ac.uk/findingData/publicationListForSN.asp?sn=5293