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The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles

The British National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and lifestyles are among the largest and most detailed scientific studies of sexual behaviour in the world. Three Natsal surveys have taken place: Natsal-1 in 1990-1991, Natsal-2 in 1999-2001, and Natsal-3 in 2010-2012.

Latest News


New papers on using web surveys to collect data about sensitive behaviours, Feb 2016

You can download the paper from PLOS ONE here.


New papers on how young people learn about sex, March 2015

You can download the articles from the BMJ Open:

New paper on different scoring methods for the Natsal Sexual Function measure, February 2015

You can download the article from the Journal of Sex Research.

Using web surveys to measure sexual behaviour, December 2014

New findings from a study comparing Natsal with web surveys.

You can download the paper from the Journal of Medical Internet Research's web page.

Paying for Sex in Britain, November 2014

New findings on the prevalence of men who have paid for sex in Britain published in the journal STIs.

You can visit the BMJ's website to download the article.

You can that illustrate some of our key findings.

Here's a taster of our latest results.