Multiscopo ISTAT – Time Use (2008-2009)



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1.0 - 2011/12/14
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Data Kind:
individual data

Time Dimensions:
longitudinal (trend repeated cross-section)

Series Name:
UDT - Time Use

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The survey Time Use is part of an integrated system of social surveys – Multiscopo ISTAT. It’s an important observation instrument for understandin how people organize their daily life and the relations between the daily routine of the various family’s members. In fact, the main feature of this survey is that you can learn about the way in which each respondent allocates the 24 hours (divided into 144 intervals of 10 minutes) between the various daily activities, transfers, places visited and the people she has spent with. It is a question that has an extremely high level of detail, which is not comparable with the information obtained by the traditional questionnaires with fixed questions. Three types of files are available:

  1. the individual file consists of a record for each individual component of the family. It contains a series of respondent’s general information, such as personal data, education, family networks, religious participation, the working environment and the use of leisure time.
  2. the episodes file contains every episode that appears in the daily diary. An episode is a set of 10-minute intervals just alike for all detected information (type of main and secondary activity, place/transportation where it is carried out, persons present during the activity). If one of these information change, the episode changes too so, consequently, it can have a variable duration. The classification, at the most general level, includes the following activities:
    • self care;
    • work;
    • education, studying;
    • housekeeping and family care;
    • voluntary work, social and religious participation;
    • social life, enterteinment, vita sociale, divertimenti, cultural activities and rest;
    • sports and outdoor activities;
    • arts, hobbies, games;
    • mass media;
    • transfers and travels, special codes.

    Similarly locations where the activity takes place and transports used were classified. In the final part of the questionnaire are located a few questions about the individual’s state of health, how children and preteens spend their daily time and the degree of satisfaction with respect to their use of time.

  3. the days of the week file consists of one record for each day of the week (seven records for each person who filled out the weekly diary), and describes the possible working time ranges performed on each day of the week.

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Topic Classification:

  • SOCIETY AND CULTURE - time use
  • Nations: Italy

    Geographical Unit: size community

    Analysis Unit: individual, family, household family, event/process, time unit

    Universe: whole italian population

    Sample Procedure: about 18.000 families and 45.000 individuals. Two-stage stratified random sample

    Weight: Weight used. Please read the documentation for any details

    Collection Mode: face to face interview, self-administered questionnaire

    Collection Size: UniData supplies: 6 datasets in SPSS format (3 kind of files: the first includes the answers to the individual questionnaire, the second includes all the episodes of the daily diary , the last concerns the information collected by the weekly diary. Each kind of file is distributed in two types: file ISTAT A: regional code and geographic division; file ISTAT B: geographic division and municipality width); 1 questionnaire in PDF format (ita); 1 PDF file with methodological notes and 1 codebook in PDF format (ita) (9 file)


    Methodological Notes (pdf):
    Codebook (pdf):
    DDI Documentation:
    DDI Documentation

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    Source Contact: Contact Centre

    ISTAT. (2008-2009) Multiscopo ISTAT – Time Use. UniData - Bicocca Data Archive, Milan. Study Number SN102. Data file release 1.0

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