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List of Validated Measures or Scales used in the Study?

Added by Luke DeCoste 3 months ago. Updated 2 months ago.

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Hi, I'm wondering if there is a list of validated measures that are used in the study? Specifically I'm wondering how to identify questions that should be grouped together to produce a specific construct.

e.g. One variable is the 7-item short version of the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale (WEMWBS, see Tennant et al., 2007).

Are there other scales that have been assembled intentionally that we can somehow identify? e.g. I'm using a number of variables related to sleep (hours of actual sleep (hrs) ghq: loss of sleep quality of sleep overall cannot get to sleep within 30 mins wake up in the night). Is there research behind the use of these variables that can be found? I have similar questions regarding variables related to sleep, exercise, etc.

I'm wondering where I find a list of scales used in the study.

Thanks.

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Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team 3 months 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. We aim to respond to simple queries within 48 hours and more complex issues within 7 working days.

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Understanding Society User Support Team

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Hello Luke,

We're currently developing a Health scale guidance, which we anticipate releasing later this year. Typically, we generate derived variables by combining all items from each scale questionnaire. You can recognise these variables by the "_dv" suffix at the end of their names. In the meantime, here are some scales used in the UKHLS.

1. General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12)
  • Variables scghq1_dv and scghq2_dv convert valid answers to 12 questions of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) to a single-scale.
  • Use: scghqa, scghqb, scghqc, scghqd, scghqe, scghqf, scghqg, scghqh, scghqi, scghqj, scghqk, scghql
2. Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale
  • Variable swemwbs_dv converts valid answers to the 7-item short version of the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-being Scale to a single-scale.
  • Uses: scwemwba, scwemwbb, scwemwbc, scwemwbd, scwemwbe, scwemwbf, scwemwbg
3. Short-form generic measure of health status (SF-12)
  • Variables: sf12mcs_dv and sf12pcs_dv convert valid answers to the origin questions into a single mental/physical functioning score.
  • Use: scsf1 scsf2a scsf2b scsf3a scsf3b scsf4a scsf4b scsf5 scsf6a scsf6b scsf6c scsf7
4. The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ)
  • Variables for children aged 5 or 8: chsdqcp_dv, chsdqes_dv, chsdqha_dv, chsdqpp_dv, chsdqps_dv, chsdqtd_dv
  • Variables for young people aged 10-15: ypsdqcp_dv, ypsdqes_dv, ypsdqha_dv, ypsdqpp_dv, ypsdqps_dv, ypsdqtd_dv
  • Both scales convert valid answers to the strengths and difficulties questionnaire to a single-scale measuring conduct problems, emotional symptoms, hyperactivity/inattention, peer relationship problems, prosocial and total difficult score.
  • Use for children: chsdqa, chsdqb, chsdqc, chsdqd, chsdqe, chsdqf, chsdqg, chsdqh, chsdqi, chsdqj, chsdqk, chsdql, chsdqm, chsdqn, chsdqo, chsdqp, chsdqq, chsdqr, chsdqs, chsdqt, chsdqu, chsdqv, chsdqw, chsdqx, chsdqy
  • Use for young people: ypsdqa, ypsdqb, ypsdqc, ypsdqd, ypsdqe, ypsdqf, ypsdqg, ypsdqh, ypsdqi, ypsdqj, ypsdqk, ypsdql, ypsdqm, ypsdqn, ypsdqo, ypsdqp, ypsdqq, ypsdqr, ypsdqs, ypsdqt, ypsdqu, ypsdqv, ypsdqw, ypsdqx, ypsdqy
5. The Parenting Styles and Dimensions Questionnaire (PSDQ)
  • Variables: psdqa_dv, psdqb_dv, psdqc_dv convert valid answers to the adapted parenting styles and dimensions questionnaire to a single scale measuring authoritative, authoritarian and permissive parenting scales.
  • Use: ps1, ps2, ps3, ps4, ps5, ps6, ps7, ps8, ps9, ps10, ps11, ps12, ps13, ps14, ps15, ps16, ps17, ps18, ps19, ps20, ps21, ps22, ps23, ps24, ps25, ps26, ps27, ps28, ps29, ps30, ps31, ps32
6. Job-related Wellbeing Scale (Warr's scale)
  • Variables: jwbs1_dv and jwbs2_dv convert valid answers to the 3-item questionnaire to a single scale measuring anxiety and depression.
  • Use: depenth1, depenth2, depenth3, depenth4, depenth5, depenth6
7. Dyadic Adjustment Scale
  • Variables: scdascoh_dv and scdassat_dv convert questions from the Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS) to a single scale measuring relationship cohesion and satisfaction
  • Use: scparoutint, scparoutintw3, screlhappy, screlparar, screlparcd, screlpards, screlparei, screlparir, screlparks, screlparrg, screlparwt

Furthermore, UKHLS includes some questions regarding sleep and exercise that were sourced from The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ). However, these questions do not form a measuring scale including all individual items. These are:

The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)
Variable Label
hrs_slph hours of actual sleep (hrs)
hrs_slpm hours of actual sleep (mins)
med_slp taken medicine to help sleep
slp_qual quality of sleep overall
tslp_30m cannot get to sleep within 30 mins
tslp_cgh cough or snore loudly
tslp_wak wake up in the night
tsta_awk trouble staying awake during the day
International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ)
Variable Label
vday 7 days vigorous activities
vdhrs Usual hours vigorous activities
vdmin Usual minutes vigorous activities
vwhrs Weekly hours vigorous activities
vwmin Weekly minutes vigorous activities
mday 7 days moderate activities
mdhrs Usual hours moderate activities
mdmin Usual minutes moderate activities
mwhrs Weekly hours moderate activities
mwmin Weekly minutes moderate activities
wday 7 days walking
wdhrs Usual hours walking
wdmin Usual minutes walking
wwhr Weekly hours walking
wwmin Weekly minutes walking

For additional details on each specific variable, please refer to the Mainstage Variables search section.

I hope this information is helpful.

Best wishes,
Roberto Cavazos
Understanding Society User Support Team

#3

Updated by Luke DeCoste 3 months ago

Roberto, this is super helpful!

The The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), and International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) information is particularly helpful.

Do you by chance know if there is a similar index used for 1) nutrition and 2) social support?

(if there is a way for me to look these up myself, direct me there and I can do that as well).

Sincerely,

#4

Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team 2 months ago

Hello Luke

UKHLS covers various topics through different questionnaire modules. To find out which topics were covered in the survey, please refer to the Long-term content plan section. You will find modules such as nutrition and social support, then you will need to explore the Questionnaires or the Questionnaire Modules

Both resources display, among other things, the question’s source. For example, in the nutrition module, there are some variables such as breakfast, fruitamt and vegeamt which were adapted from the Development of Eating Choices Index (ECI).

I’ll suggest checking the question’s source to find out if they come from a validated scale.

I hope this information is helpful.

Best wishes,
Roberto Cavazos
Understanding Society User Support Team

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