Support #1760


Added by Albert Ward over 1 year ago. Updated over 1 year ago.

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I'm looking at some composed variables which are conditional on LVRel, but I'm a bit confused as to what the LVRel levels for parents and children specifically apply to:

1. Does LVRel = 3 includes step, adopted, foster, other non biological children, etc. ?

2. Does LVRel = 9,10 apply to foster, in-law and other non biological parents ?

(I'm just using the online variable search to look at this, so there might be some more specific explanations that I'm missing, though I can't find anything after looking quickly through the guide, data dictionaries, etc.).



Updated by Albert Ward over 1 year ago

Edit: Sorry, forgot to amend the title. Feel free to change it


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team over 1 year 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.

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Understanding Society User Support Team


Updated by Understanding Society User Support Team over 1 year ago

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Hi Albert,

This is up to the respondents interpretation, that is to say, it depends who the respondent thinks of as their ‘son’ or ‘daughter’, etc. - families are very complex things and some may include/think of foster children, or children-in-law as their children if the bond is strong enough. Same goes for thinking about parents – though here we have separated out ‘step/adoptive’ mothers and fathers in our response options. This should indicate to respondents that ‘mother’ means biological mother, ‘Step/adoptive mother’ means just that, and any others (foster, in-law, etc) shouldn’t be included but this still, at least to some extent, depends on how the respondent thinks of them.

To address this ambiguity we are planning to make the distinction more explicit and clearer by expanding the list of the relationships starting from wave 14.

Hope this helps.

Best wishes,
UKHLS User Support Team


Updated by Albert Ward over 1 year ago

Ok, that makes sense. Thanks for clarifying!



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