Uniform October CPS Person-Household File - Appendix G
Calculation of Number of Children Aged 0-5 for 1968-1977
OCSP029 - Calculation of Number of Children Aged 0-5 for 1968-1977.
OCTOBER CPS - DATA DOCUMENTATION
OCSP029
From: Linda Jordan
Date: November 23, 1990
Subj: Notes about Variable #85 NUMCHD5, Number of children in household with
age <= 5. This note should become an appendix to OCD064
Notes about Variable #85 - NUMCHD5
For the years 1968 through 1977, the data sets contain records for respondents
aged 3 and up. In the later years, there is a record for each member of the
household aged 0 and older. Thus, for the earlier years there is no way to
directly calculate the value for variable #85, NUMCHD5 (number of children
aged 0-5 in the household). For these years, NUMCHD5 was calculated by
subtracting the number of children in the family aged 6-13 (determined by
counting records for that age group in each household) from the sum of the
variables Number of Boys aged 0-13 plus Number of Girls aged 0-13. Special
cases were handled as follows:
a. If both variables Number of Boys aged 0-13 and Number of Girls aged 0-13
were missing, the actual number of records in the household with
children aged 3-5 was used as the value for NUMCHD5. A counter was
maintained to indicate how many times this occurred.
b. If either of the variables Number of Boys or Number of Girls was missing
but the other was coded, the available information was used and treated
as if it were complete.
c. If the actual number of children aged 3-5 in a household exceeds the
calculation for number of children aged 0-5, then the count for children
aged 3-5 in the data set is used. A counter was also maintained to
indicate the number of times that this occurred.
d. If the calcualtion for children aged 0-5 results in a negative value,
then 0 is used as the count. A counter indicates the number of times
that this occurred. Note that this check was done after the check in
step c.
The number of occurrences of these "special" cases for each year are as
follows:
Year Step a. Step c. Step d.
1968 119 417 389
1969 181 286 468
1970 90 414 512
1971 69 350 545
1972 86 412 534
1973 51 469 521
1974 125 342 394
1975 85 303 389
1976 67 231 430
1977 91 239 380