Life history questions in USOC (and BHPS)
My name is Darina Peycheva and I’m a member of the research team working on the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS), and particularly on the development of a life history questionnaire for the tenth sweep of the study (NCDS10).
This is also the reason I am approaching you. As part of the development of this study element, we are collecting relevant information for the different studies' life history questionnaires (or questions), the different techniques to collect retrospective data, as well as the methodologies used for assessing the validity of life history data.
I would be very grateful if you could help me with some information about the retrospective life history data collected in the Understanding Society (maybe guide me towards particular waves that I could check the available documentation). Perhaps when participants joined the USOC they provided some life history data? I also thought that you could have asked some retrospective questions in the BHPS Wave 11 Ageing and Retirement Module, but have not yet looked at it myself? Any information in this regard would be very helpful.