Support #1166

Material deprivation response categories

Added by Christina Nascimento over 4 years ago. Updated almost 3 years ago.

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I am conducting some research using the material deprivation items included in the UKHLS. In particular, I am looking to create binary variables for each of the items where “1” indicates enforced lack (i.e. cannot afford) and “0” for all others. However, I am not sure exactly what the 4th response category (“does not apply”) means. Would these respondents be considered not deprived? Or should they be excluded from the analysis? Any help or advice on where I could find information to clarify this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


Updated by Stephanie Auty over 4 years ago

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Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Best wishes,
Stephanie Auty - Understanding Society User Support Officer


Updated by Stephanie Auty over 4 years ago

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Dear Christina,

We don't have any more information on why individuals may choose this response option, and it is up to the individual researcher to decide how to use them. These questions are taken from the FRS (Family Resources Survey) so it's possible they will have some guidence.

Best wishes,


Updated by Christina Nascimento over 4 years ago

Thank you so much for your quick reply, Stephanie! This is very helpful.

Kind Regards,


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team almost 3 years ago

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