How many teens are on antidepressants?
A recent survey found that 1/3rd of teens have been prescribed anti-depressants, but this is probably a result of sampling bias.
Changing gender identities in the UK
Only one third of 18-24 year olds identify as ‘completely heterosexual’
A Merry but Secular Christmas!
A YouGov Poll conducted last year in 2020 shows that the majority of those who celebrate Christmas (and Easter) in the UK do so in an entirely secular way. The survey results provide some useful evidence to support the view that religion does not play a significant role in British society, as this traditionally Christian…
Are one in five people really disabled?
According to official statistics 19% of working aged adults, or one in five people self-report as being ‘disabled’, and this figure has been widely used in the media to promote pro-disability programming. How do we Define Disability? According to the formal, legal, UK definition under the 2010 Equality Act someone is disable if they ‘have…
What the public thinks of Boris Johnson
YouGov recently published a post outlining ‘Everything they know about what the public think of Boris Johnson‘ – these are basically the results of various opinion polls carried out in recent months and are a great example of secondary quantitative data. The polls clearly show that most people think Boris will be a strong leader,…
Do 25% of children really have their own mobiles? Invalid Research Example #01
This is a ‘new thread’ idea… posting up examples of naff research. I figure there are two advantages to this… It’s useful for students to have good examples of naff research, to show them the meaning of ‘invalid data’ or ‘unrepresentative samples’, or in this case, just plain unreferenced material which may as well be…
What is Normal?
The concepts of ‘normal’, and ‘normality’, and the question of what counts as ‘normal behaviour’ has long been of interest to sociologists. Sociologists from different perspectives have very different approaches to answering the basic, but fundamental question, ‘what is normal’? For the early positivists such as August Comte and Emile Durkheim, uncovering the existence of…
How equal are men and women in relationships these days? Student survey results
Women who do the lioness’s share of the housework, but men and women seem to have equal control over the finances, at least according to two surveys conduct by my A Level sociology students last week. This acts as a useful update to the topic of power and equality within relationships, especially the ‘domestic division…
Evaluate the Strengths of Using Social Surveys in Social Research (20)
‘Evaluate the Strengths of Using Social Surveys in Social Research’ (20) This is an essay plan for a possible essay for the AQA’s A Level Sociology paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods. This essay plan uses the TPEN structure which covers the theoretical, practical, ethical and ‘nature of topic’ factors relevant to…