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  • Posted on 05 April 2019 by Svetlana Speight, Research Director

    Gender gaps in how parents spend their time: do we see a trend towards more equality?

    Svetlana Speight
    It is a well-documented fact that men are more likely to be in paid employment and to work full-time, while women take on more responsibilities around childcare and the housework. These unequal divisions of paid and unpaid work can affect job opportunities for women and men and result in long-term effects on earnings. As the UK prepares to examine results of this year’s gender pay gap submissions from private and public sector organisations, are we moving at all towards gender equality in home life?

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    Tags: gender equality, gender pay gap, parental time use

  • Posted on 15 March 2019 by Hannah Morgan, Senior Researcher

    Public trust in official statistics

    While there may be concerns around the levels of public trust in institutions and experts, both in the UK and worldwide, the British public still trust the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and believe in the independent nature and accuracy of the official statistics they produce. The latest figures also show an increase in public trust, albeit from a much lower base, in how the media and the government use official statistics.

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  • Posted on 07 March 2019 by Fatima Husain, Deputy Director of Children & Families

    My career as a social researcher

    Fatima Husain
    Fatima Husain was born in Karachi, Pakistan. She left at the age of six and moved from country to country, eventually arriving in the UK around 20 years ago – a long time for her, and breaking a previous record of eight years in the USA. She is a single parent with a daughter, a 20 year old undergraduate studying Physics, and a son, 17, who is supposed to be revising for his A levels. After over 20 years in social research, Fatima is now the interim head of the children and families team at The National Centre for Social Research.

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  • Posted on 27 February 2019 by Sally McManus, NatCen Associate

    Suicidal distress among men in midlife

    Sally McManus
    Men in their forties are more likely to take their own life than other groups. As part of a study funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) we talked with midlife men with experience of suicidal distress, with bereaved family members, and with professionals working in the field. They described their experiences and suggested ways to prevent and respond to suicidal distress in this group.

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    Tags: midlife, NIHR, self-harm, suicide

  • Posted on 18 February 2019 by Mari Toomse-Smith, Director of Health & Biomedical Surveys

    How to design a bespoke survey about pensions

    Mari Toomse-Smith
    The UK has an ageing population, and ageing workforce, and has introduced a range of policy changes to both State Pension and private pensions over recent years. It has never been more important to make sure that policymakers have reliable information about how the public is planning and preparing for later life. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recently commissioned NatCen to explore the feasibility of a survey in this area.

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    Tags: methodology, pensions, surveys

  • Posted on 15 February 2019 by Jane Kerr, Senior Researcher

    GPS technology’s role in supporting offender management

    Jane Kerr
    The ongoing debate over the use of custodial versus community sentences continued recently during a speech in the House of Commons. Rory Stewart, Minister for Prisons and Probation stated that ‘we have conclusive evidence that giving somebody a community sentence rather than a short custodial sentence reduces reoffending over a one-year period’. Innovative technology, in the form of Global Positioning System (GPS) location monitoring, has been outlined as a possible way to better facilitate community sentences. 

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  • Posted on 14 February 2019 by Sally McManus, NatCen Associate

    Self-harm: the questions we need to ask

    Sally McManus
    Medical, social, educational and public health services need to understand and address self-harm. Since the early 1990s national UK surveys have sensitively collected information about experiences of non-suicidal self-harm, suicidal thoughts, and suicide attempts. What can we learn from these existing data sources?

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  • Posted on 22 January 2019 by Miranda Phillips, Research Director

    Common law marriage - a peculiarly persistent myth

    Miranda Phillips
    There’s no single way of ‘doing’ family in modern Britain: family life and personal relationships have changed considerably over the last few decades - from the introduction of same-sex marriage, to a marked increase in the number of mixed-race couples, or a rising tide of flatsharing and young adults moving back in with their parents.

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