Identifying relation to respondent of those being cared for
I've been looking at the x_aidhh variables in the Understanding Society individual response files. For individuals who indicated that they are caring for handicapped/disabled/elderly person in the household, I'm interested to find out who they are caring for (e.g. parent, grandparent, child and so on) and whether there is additional demographic information on the person being cared for in the data. Is there a way to do this?
I found that there are variables x_aidhuax, but these seem to only indicate whether the person number of those being cared for have been indicated. Is the person number available in another variable? I've also seen that there are x_aidhux variables, but I think that these provide the relationships of those being cared for who don't live in the household?
Thank you in advance.
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The variables w_aidhuax records whether the person in the household with PNO=x is cared for by the respondent. You can use the file w_egoalt to find out the relationship of the respondent with the person with this PNO. In this file each row represents a pair of household members - one of them referred to as EGO (identified by w_hidp w_pno OR PIDP) and the ALTER (identified by w_hidp w_apno or APIDP). The variable w_relationship_dv reflects EGO's relationship to the ALTER. You can also identify the person with that PNO in the file w_indall to find out other information about the person.
For example, if for respondent with a_pno=1, a_aidhua1=10 it means that in Wave 1, this respondent with a_pno=1 cared for the person in the household with a_pno=10. You can find out the relationship between the respondent and this person in the file a_egoalt where the variable a_relationship_dv shows the relationship of the respondent (a_pno=1) to this other person (a_apno=10). You can find out demographic info about this other person (a_pno=10) in the file a_indall.
If you are not familar with the structure of the EGOALT file, please take a look at our training material which is available via Moodle and specifically look at the worked out example discussing using the EGOALT file. Information on how to access the training material is here: https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/help/training/online/introduction-course
Hope this answers your question. If not, please let us know.
Understanding Society User Support Team