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Scottish Surveys Core Questions, 2016

Title details

SN: 8349
Title: Scottish Surveys Core Questions, 2016
Alternative title: SSCQ
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-8349-1
Series: Scottish Surveys Core Questions, 2012-
Depositor: Scottish Government. Office of the Chief Statistician
Principal investigator(s): Scottish Government. Office of the Chief Statistician


The citation for this study is:

Scottish Government. Office of the Chief Statistician. (2018). Scottish Surveys Core Questions, 2016. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 8349,

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Subject Categories

Crime and law enforcement - Law, crime and legal systems
General - Health
Social attitudes and behaviour - Society and culture
Social indicators and quality of life - Society and culture


Abstract copyright UK Data Service and data collection copyright owner.

The Scottish Surveys Core Questions (SSCQ) is an annual Official Statistics publication for Scotland. SSCQ provides reliable and detailed information on the composition, characteristics and attitudes of Scottish households and adults across a number of topic areas including equality characteristics, housing, employment and perceptions of health and crime. SSCQ gathers survey responses from identical questions in the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey, the Scottish Health Survey and the Scottish Household Survey into one output. The pooling of Core Questions results in an annual sample of around 21,000 respondents, providing unprecedented precision of estimates at national level. This sample size enables the detailed and reliable analysis of key national estimates by country of birth, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age and sex, marital status, education level and economic activity, as well as tenure, car access and household type. SSCQ also enables a detailed sub-national analysis by Local Authority, urban-rural classification and Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation.

Further information can be found on the Scottish Government's Scottish Surveys Core Questions webpage.

The SSCQ 2016 is the latest pooled data release.

Main Topics:
This study covers the following main topics: self-assessed health, long-term conditions, smoking, mental wellbeing, provision of unpaid care, perceptions of crime in the local area and confidence in the police.

Coverage, universe, methodology

Time period: January 2016 - December 2016
Country: Scotland
Spatial units: Council Areas
Health Boards
Police Scotland Divisions
Observation units: Individuals
Kind of data: Numeric data
Universe: National
Adults aged 16 and over living in private households in Scotland.
Time dimensions: Repeated cross-sectional study
Sampling procedures: Simple random sample; Multi-stage stratified random sample
Partially clustered (SHeS sample units) stratified random sample.
Number of units: 20,893 cases
Method of data collection: Compilation or synthesis of existing material
Weighting: Weighting used. See documentation for details.
Data sources: This study is derived from the following: Scottish Household Survey 2016; Scottish Health Survey 2016; and the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2016-17.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 07 June 2018
Copyright: Crown copyright material is reproduced with the permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Queen's Printer for Scotland
Access conditions: The depositor has specified that registration is required and standard conditions of use apply. The depositor may be informed about usage. See terms and conditions for further information.
Availability: UK Data Service
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Title File Name Size (KB)
SSCQ: Excel Data Dictionary, 2016 8349_sscq2016_data_dictionary.xlsx 17
SSCQ: Technical Notes, 2016 8349_sscq_2016_technical_notes_ukda.pdf 416
Study information and citation UKDA_Study_8349_Information.htm 6
READ File read8349.htm 10


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By principal investigator(s):
Scottish Government (2015) Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2013, Official Statistics Publication. ISBN 978-1-78544-871-3. Retrieved 20 June 2016 from

Scottish Government (2016) Scottish Surveys Core Questions 2014, Official Statistics Publication. ISBN: 978-1-78652-261-0. Retrieved 7 June 2018 from

Scottish Government (2017) Sexual orientation in Scotland 2017 - a summary of the evidence base, Official Statistics Publication. ISBN 978-1-78652-768-4. Retrieved 7 June 2018 from

Scottish Government (2018) SSCQ 2016 equalities report, Official Statistics Publication. Retrieved 7 June 2018 from

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