Identifying youth Questionnaire respondents who are adopted
I'm currently trying to identify respondents to the Youth questionnaire who are adopted, across all waves. I would not like to include 'step-adoptions'. I am thinking of using the x_egoalt files and the x_relationship_dv to identify them in each wave and then merge files. Is there a robust way to check that the relationships are indeed adoptive and not step-adoptive other than the x_relationship_dv variable?
I am looking across waves to include those children under 10 in earlier waves that 'age-in' in subsequent waves.
I've made a start but note that some cases were not identified as adopted in wave 1 but were so in later waves - what is the best way to clarify the sequence of events for these cases?
I am using SPSS if that helps.
I hope this makes sense but please let me know if you require any more information
Many thanks in advance