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This survey was a repeat of 1993 OPCS Surveys of Psychiatric Morbidity: Private Household Survey. The OPCS/ONS Surveys of Psychiatric Morbidity in Great Britain aim to provide up-to-date information about the prevalence of psychiatric problems among people in Great Britain, as well as their associated social disabilities and use of services. The series started in 1993, and so far consists of the following surveys:
* OPCS Surveys of Psychiatric Morbidity: Private Household Survey, 1993 - this covered 10,000 adults aged 16 to 64 years living in private households
* a supplementary sample of 350 people aged 16 to 64 years with psychosis, living in private households, which was conducted in 1993-1994 and then repeated in 2000
* OPCS Surveys of Psychiatric Morbidity: Institutions Sample, 1994 - this covered 1,200 people aged 16 to 64 years living in institutions specifically catering for people with mental illness
* OPCS Survey of Psychiatric Morbidity among Homeless People, 1994 - this covered 1,100 homeless people aged 16 to 64 years living in hostels for the homeless or other such institutions. The sample also included people sleeping 'rough'
* ONS Survey of Psychiatric Morbidity among Prisoners in England and Wales, 1997
* Mental Health of Children and Adolescents in Great Britain, 1999
* Psychiatric Morbidity among Adults Living in Private Households, 2000 - this survey was a repeat of the 1993 private households survey
* Mental Health of Young People Looked After by Local Authorities in Great Britain, 2001-2002
* Mental Health of Children and Young People in Great Britain, 2004 - this was a repeat of the 1999 survey.

Main Topics/Subject Category
It describes the prevalence of a range of mental disorders, including personality disorder, in the general household population. It also considers the changing prevalence of some of these disorders since the 1993 survey. It describes how people with particular disorders differ from those without any disorder on a range of factors: their background and personal characteristics, including employment and accommodation, physical health, current treatment and service use
Great Britain, accidents, adult education institutions, adults, age, aggressiveness, alcohol consumption, alcoholic drinks, alcoholism, amphetamines, anabolic steroids anger, anxiety, anxiety disorders, assault, attitudes, behavioural disorders, building maintenance, bullying, cannabis, care in the community, care of dependants, chronic illness, cocaine, cognition disorders, cohabitation, concentration, counselling, counsellors, crime, crime victims, day centres, death, debilitative illness, debts, decision making, depression, diet and nutrition, digestive system disorders, disabilities, disabled facilities, diseases, dismissal, domestic violence, drinking offences, drug abuse
Identifier Variables
Standard regions, NHS regional offices
Economic/Subject Categories
Mental Health
Area of Health System
Secondary care, Social care
Disease Area
Mental health
Data collecting organization (s)
Office for National Statistics
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
Unit of Analysis

Adults living in private households in Great Britain during 2000, aged 16-74 years. Sample size of 8,580 respectively cases.

Conditions of Access
Free access, Free registration access
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Meltzer H, Gill B and Petticrew M. The prevalence of psychiatric morbidity among adults aged 16-64, living in private households, in Great Britain. OPCS Surveys of Psychiatric Morbidity in Great Britain, London: OPCS, 1994