Age 10 Survey

The Age 10 Survey took place between 1980 and 1981. The survey aimed to examine mid-childhood health, care, education, social and family circumstances. Nearly 15,000 of you took part.

What we asked

Health visitors visited your homes and conducted interviews with your parents (mothers in most cases) and also asked them to complete a paper questionnaire. Your parents were asked about your family, who you lived with, the homes you lived in, the type of work your parents were doing and their income, your health, your parents’ health, your behaviour, what you did in your spare time, activities such as reading and watching television and whether you had been to nursery or playgroups.

You completed a questionnaire too – which asked you about how you felt about school, whether you had smoked and the food that you ate. You also completed a reading test, a maths test and various other tests.

A medical assessment took place which involved measurements of height, weight, head circumference, blood pressure, pulse, vision, hearing and co-ordination.

Questionnaires were also completed by your class teacher and the head teacher of your school.