Two people, aged 12 and over, are randomly selected from each participating household to fill in a time use diary (an example diary is available as a PDF file above). In order to complete this diary, participants are asked to fill out how they use their time over a 48-hour period. This involves stating for each period of the day what they were doing, anything else they were doing at the same time, where they were or how they were traveling, and who they were with. Interviewers also ask a series of questions to find out whether they did any tasks for other people, and whether they were responsible for the care of others.
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