Is there any documentation on why the response options for loneliness questions are 'hardly ever or never' as opposed to just 'hardly ever'?
#1 Updated by Alita Nandi 8 months ago
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Response from our Questionnaire Team: We didn’t choose the response options. These come from a recognised/validated set of questions (see pages 17-21 in the attached). As indicated in the questionnaire (‘Source’) we have the UCLA 3-item Loneliness Scale (SCLACKCOM, SCLEFTOUT, SCISOLATE) plus an extra question from ELSA (SCLONELY).
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#2 Updated by Sofi Nickson 8 months ago
On the UCLA measure the response options are 'hardly ever', 'some of the time' and 'often', but the documentation I found for U-Soc said 'hardly ever or never' instead of 'hardly ever'.
This is the specific bit I was confused about because I was told it uses the UCLA measure but actually the response options are different.
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Our Questionnaire Team have clarified that we used the response options that ELSA used for the UCLA 3-item loneliness scale. The short document that we uploaded earlier implies that there is some variation in how the response options are used as it talks about the UCLA 3-item scale ‘generally’ using the categories: Hardly ever / Some of the time / Often. The ONS have issued guidance on measuring loneliness and they recommend the wording and response options that ELSA use for the UCLA 3-item loneliness scale. See here https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/wellbeing/methodologies/measuringlonelinessguidanceforuseofthenationalindicatorsonsurveys
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