Quality & Quantity

, Volume 48, Issue 3, pp 1337–1346

Deprived or not deprived? Comparing the measured extent of material deprivation using the UK government’s and the Poverty and Social Exclusion surveys’ method of calculating material deprivation


DOI: 10.1007/s11135-013-9838-0

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Treanor, M.C. Qual Quant (2014) 48: 1337. doi:10.1007/s11135-013-9838-0


Poverty can either be measured directly, through standards of living such as material deprivation, or indirectly through resources available, usually income. Research shows that the optimum measure of poverty combines these methods, a fact that the UK government took cognisance of in its tripartite measure of child poverty. For use in a birth cohort study, two methods of calculating material deprivation were tested: the method used by the UK government taken from the Family Resources Survey (FRS), and the methods used in the Poverty and Social Exclusion (PSE) study at Bristol University. Results show that the former measure, compared to the latter measure, underestimates the depth and extent of material deprivation among families with young children in Scotland.


Material deprivation Child poverty UK Scotland Quantitative methodology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research on Families and RelationshipsUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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