Support #1489

SDQ Total Difficulties Score - too many 'inapplicable'

Added by Giorgio Piccitto 5 months ago. Updated 5 months ago.

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Dear all,

I would like to know your opinion on the following issue (maybe silly, but I am pretty new to this dataset so any help would be really appreciated).

I was looking for the variable SDQ Total Difficulties Score in the child dataset, and checking it in the first wave where it is present (wave 3) I noticed a huge % of 'inapplicable' in the response (86.5%).

How is this possible? What does it mean that this score is 'inapplicable'?

Thanks a lot in advance, best, Giorgio


Updated by Alita Nandi 5 months ago

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Hello Giorgio,

This file includes all children (0-15 year old). These questions were asked of parents of 3 and 5 year olds, who had completed face-to-face interviews and the self-completion questionnaire. So, all all 3 & 5 year olds with at least one parent in household who completed the self-completion questionnaire should have a response to this. I am looking into the approx. 600 cases who should have a valid response to these questions but don't.

Best wishes,
Understanding Society User Support Team


Updated by Alita Nandi 5 months ago

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Sorry I meant age 5 or 8. If you take all adult respondents in c_indresp who completed the interview face-to-face (c_indmode = 1) and completed the self-completions (c_scflag_dv=1) and said that they were responsible for at least one child aged 3, 5 or 8 ( c_nch3res>0|c_nch5resp>0|c_nch8resp>0), and then you will get the set of adult respondents who were eligible for the Chlid Development Module (See page 482 of the Wave 3 adult questionnaire). They were then asked these SDQ questions for every 5 and 8 year old they were responsible for. So, only those 5 and 8 year olds whose guardians completed an adult face-to-face interview and self-completion questionnaire should have a valid response for these questions. After including all this information I found 8 children whose mother should have provided responses to these questions but were not asked.

So, to answer your question, yes the large number of inapplicables are expected.


Updated by Alita Nandi 5 months ago

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Updated by Alita Nandi 5 months ago

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