Birth order for all natural children ever had by a mother
Dear User support team,
I would like to have a birth order variable for all natural children observed for a given mother in Understanding Society (all waves). The variable would take value 1 for first born, 2 for second born and so on. In order to assign the right birth order to each observed child I need to take into account children who are absent from the household too. I have read issue #947 and seen that it is possible to derive the number of natural children ever had, plus their respective year and month of birth, from a_indall (for resident children) and a_natchild (for non-resident children). I could consequently work out the birth order from there, presumably?
However I have noticed that in dataset a_natchild there's variable a_childno, ranging from 1-20. Is a_childno reporting birth order already? Or the respondent is listing children randomly?
Many thanks in advance for your help,
Updated by Alita Nandi over 2 years ago
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Each row in this file is uniquely identified by A_HIDP A_PNO A_CHILDNO. The variables A_HIDP A_PNO identify the parents. Each parent reports for all their biological children, so each row refers to each of their resident and non-resident biological children. But it includes date of birth information for non-resident children only. The variable A_CHILDNO reflects the birth order for non-resident children (with a few exceptions).
For resident children you will have to use A_INDALL to get their date of birth and then create a birth order variable.
So, yes you would need to get date of birth information from A_INDALL for resident children and from A_NATCHILD for non-resident children, append these and then create a birth order variable yourself.