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Non-biological children in cohabitation

Added by Ashley Burdett over 2 years ago. Updated 5 months ago.

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Resolved
Priority:
Urgent
Assignee:
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Category:
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Start date:
01/16/2019
% Done:

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Dear UKHLS support,

Apologies for the multiple posts.

I would like to know if in the retrospective files regarding the number of adoptive/step children (a_adopt (USoc) and bb_childad (BHPS)) systematically contain information about non-biological children living in the respondents household because they are the biological child of their cohabitation partner ("cohabitation-step children").

I have been exploring the USoc data and it seems that some people report new stepchildren in historic cohabitation spells, however, because I do not see it specified in the documentation, I am unsure if these are errors/misunderstandings or indeed these variables do systemically contain "cohabitation-step children". Could you please clarify if the dataset contains this information, or if this information is available elsewhere.

Many thanks,

Ashley

#1

Updated by Stephanie Auty over 2 years ago

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Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Best wishes,
Stephanie Auty - Understanding Society User Support Officer

#2

Updated by Stephanie Auty over 2 years ago

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Dear Ashley,

The questions on which the data in the files you mention are asked of those respondents who identify step or adopted children in the household grid. So if a respondent sees their "cohabitation-step children" as step children and have reported that, they will be asked those questions, otherwise they will not.

Best wishes,
Stephanie

#3

Updated by Ashley Burdett over 2 years ago

Stephanie Auty wrote:

Dear Ashley,

The questions on which the data in the files you mention are asked of those respondents who identify step or adopted children in the household grid. So if a respondent sees their "cohabitation-step children" as step children and have reported that, they will be asked those questions, otherwise they will not.

Best wishes,
Stephanie

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you for your response. I will take this into account in my analysis by working under the assumption that the instances of 'cohabitation-step children' is likely under-reported, and that those who did not report 'cohabitation step-children' may be different from individuals that do.

Many thanks,

Ashley

#4

Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team 5 months ago

  • Status changed from Feedback to Resolved
  • Assignee deleted (Ashley Burdett)
  • % Done changed from 80 to 100

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