Marital status variable - mlstat
I am using the individual response data with all waves pooled together. I'm trying to get an idea of individuals marital status using the mlstat variable. I wanted to check, is this question only asked in the first wave the respondent appears in, and then not in any following waves?
Is there any variable which reports marital status in every single wave?
Updated by Alita Nandi about 4 years ago
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Yes, it is w_mastat_dv (w = a...f)
Updated by Charlotte Edney about 4 years ago
Thanks a lot. Could I also ask if there is such a variable for the number of biological children an individual has (the total amount - not just those living in the same household)?
I only found lnprnt which seems to also only ask new survey entrants.
Updated by Stephanie Auty about 4 years ago
There are two sources of information which you need to combine to answer your question. First, there is the initial conditions module (which you have already identified). In wave 1 this is applicable to all respondents, then it is only asked for new entrants. For continuing sample members there is the annual event history. In particular, see the variable w_nnewborn (Number of newborns since last interview) in w_indresp. This is a computed answer based on questions in the annual event history module. You can see the questions in this module in the data documentation for each wave, for example for wave 2: https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/mainstage/dataset-documentation/wave/2/questionnaire-module/annualeventhistory_w2
Stephanie Auty - Understanding Society User Support Officer