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ARK: Men's Life and Times Research

On Wednesday 15 June 2005, ARK (a joint initiative between Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster) will launch its latest report.

"Mystery Man" reports on data from the 2004 Northern Ireland Life and Times (NILT) Survey, which records the attitudes of the public in Northern Ireland to key social issues. The Men's Life and Times module is the only large-scale random sample survey conducted in Northern Ireland of attitudes of both men and women to a range of men's issues.

Men's Life and Times was first undertaken in 2000, and the report looks at changing attitudes over the intervening four years.

The five policy areas explored within the report are:

  • Health and health services
  • Work-life balance
  • Paternity pay
  • Support structures
  • Family law

Mystery Man can be downloaded from the ARK website ( from Wednesday 15 June. The earlier report ("Men in the Miror" by Steve Biddulph) presents results from the 2000 Men's Life and Times module.

Men's Life and Times was part-funded by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minster. ARK is grateful to The Men's Project within Parents Advice Centre for their advice on questionnaire content.

On 15 June 2005, ARK will also launch the website for the entire 2004 Life and Times Survey - see

The site contains tables of results for all questions within the survey, broken down by sex, age-groups and religion. As well as Men's Life and Times, the survey asks questions on:

  • Grandparenting and family life
  • Community relations
  • Political attitudes
  • Countryside and farming
  • Religious observance

Users can also download the questionnaires, technical notes and the dataset (in SPSS format).

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