Definition of "living as a couple"
Could you please confirm whether "living as a couple" in mastat_dv means living with a partner as someone who is unmarried and not in a civil partnership? If a married individual moves in with a partner who is not their husband/wife, would they be classified as "living as a couple" or "separated but legally married"?
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The variable w_mastat_dv is "de-facto" marital status and not the legal marital status. To know about the legal marital status see w_marstat. The variable w_marstat is combined with whether the person was living with someone as a couple to compute w_mastat_dv
As the note on the mastat_dv variable description says "De facto marital status. Recode of MARSTAT to add two further categories: children aged under 16 (based on _age_dv and _ivfio) and respondents who are presently living in a couple (based on _LIVEWI). Not harmonised with the BHPS because LIVEWI is only included in the UKHLS." https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/mainstage/dataset-documentation/variable/mastat_dv
So, if a married individual moves in with a partner who is not their husband/wife, they would be classified as "living as a couple" in w_mastat_dv and as "separated but legally married" in w_marstat. For example, in Wave 1 there are 117 such cases.
// Stata syntax to identify such cases
count if a_marstat==4 & a_mastat_dv==10
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