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Core activity limitation
Disability or long term health condition
A disability or long-term health condition exists if a limitation, restriction, impairment, disease or disorder, had lasted, or was likely to last for at least six months, and which restricted everyday activities.
Feelings of safety at home alone
How safe a person feels when alone at home, both during the day and after dark. Feelings are reported on a five point scale, from very safe to very unsafe. If respondents indicated that they were never home alone this response was recorded.
Refers to persons who identified themselves, or were identified by another household member, as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.
For any group, the number of participants in the last 12 months, expressed as a percentage of the population of that group.
Any of the following events or circumstances which the person considers have been a problem for themselves or someone close to them in the last 12 months:
Broad geographical regions which share common characteristics of remoteness based on the Remoteness Structure of the ABS Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). In the publication the categories Major Cities of Australia (Brisbane), and Inner Regional Australia from the Remoteness Structure are presented along with a residual category labelled 'Other areas'. As the General Social Survey did not cover sparse areas of Australia, 'Other Areas', encompasses most of Outer Regional Queensland, part of Remote Queensland, and only a small proportion of Very Remote Queensland.
In the GSS only one adult (aged 18 years or over) in each dwelling was selected for the survey. This person was randomly chosen after all usual residents of the household were listed.
Social attachment refers to the nature and strength of relationships that people have with each other. It includes the more intimate relationships with family and friends as well as people's associations with individuals and organisations in the wider community.
Support in time of crisis
Refers to whether there is someone outside the person's household that could be asked for support in a time of crisis. Support could be in the form of emotional, physical or financial help. Potential sources of support could be family members, friends, neighbours, work colleagues and various community, government and professional organisations.
The person's assessment of how difficult it is for them to travel to places they may need to go to in normal circumstances. Four options were provided:
Victim of actual or attempted break-in
A person who had experienced a break-in or attempted break-in at any place they had lived in the last 12 months. Break-ins to homes, garages or sheds are included. However, break-ins to cars or gardens are excluded.
Victim of physical or threatened violence
A person who in the last 12 months had physical force or violence used against them, or were threatened in person that physical force or violence would be used against them. It includes violence or threats made by persons known to the victim.
The provision of unpaid help in the form of time, service or skills, through any of the following types of organisations or groups:
1 General Social Survey, Summary Results, 2002 (cat. no. 4159.0)
2 Voluntary Work, Australia, 2000 (cat. no. 4441.0)
Further details on the General Social Survey are available in General Social Survey, Summary Results (cat. no. 4159.0).
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