Scottish Longitudinal Study
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What data are included?

A variety of administrative data are linked in the SLS as described below.

It is important to note that the census data held relates both to SLS sample members and those who live in their households.  SLS members are those who have a birthday on one of the 20 SLS birthdates used to create the sample. For these people data from the 1991, 2001 and 2011 censuses are linked together. Information is also collected about those living in the same household at the time of the census, but this is not linked to subsequent censuses. For many studies SLS sample members are of most interest, but other census variables describing household members may provide valuable additional information. Data from vital events and other datasets are only linked for SLS members and not for other household members.

The links on the left give more information about the datasets available. More detailed information is available about individual variables in the Data Dictionary.

If you have a specific question about the data held, please contact us

Explore the variables held in the SLS data dictionary.

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