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Inquiry on the setting on variables on volfreq and lactl

Added by Xinyu Tao 4 months ago. Updated about 2 months ago.

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Dear officer,

I am looking at the variables indicating the volunteering. I noticed that 'volfreq' collected during waves 2,4,6,8,10 is available when 'volun' is yes, can I set the value of the 'volfreq' for individuals whose 'volun'is no as zero?

also, another variable 'lactl' indicates volunteering frequency during waves BH06, BH08, BH10, BH12, BH14, BH16, and BH18. I am wondering if any other variables indicating the volunteering were collected in the same waves as 'lactl'. In addition, can I set the missing values of 'lactl ' as zero?

Looking forward to hearing from you and many thanks for your time.

Best regards,


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Hi Karen,

1. We leave the choice about how to code the values in such cases to users.
2. I'd suggest looking through the pdfs of the BHPS questionnaires ( looking for "volunteering" and similar phrases. If you use Adobe Acrobat Reader, then you can search many files at once using "Advanced Search". You can also use the variable search function on our website (, but please be aware that the website was migrated to a different platform last week and we are still working on making the search function fully functional, so it's better to check the questionnaires for some time.

I hope this helps.

Best wishes,
Piotr Marzec
UKHLS User Support


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