Scottish Longitudinal Study
Development & Support Unit

Geography & ecology

Several geographical and ecological indicators have been linked to the SLS, such as

  • deprivation scores (Carstairs, Townsend, SIMD)
  • population density
  • urban-rural indicators

It is possible to analyse at several geographical levels, however because low geographical areas soon lead to low numbers of observations, the use of these variables requires special attention to issues of disclosure and confidentiality.

SLS users wishing to use their own ecological measures can request that these be temporarily attached to the SLS for the purpose of their project.

For more detailed discussion of geographies and ecological variables, see Technical Working Paper 5 (PDF 1.5MB).

Explore the variables held in the SLS data dictionary.

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