Summary for Variable Group: Non-biological children
This variable group provides information on whether the respondent raised her husband/partner's children or other non-biological children, and how many of those children she raised. Additional information is provided for the first three non-biological children who lived with the respondent. This information includes the child's sex, relationship to the respondent, date of birth, Hispanic origin, and race, as well as whether the respondent adopted the child, when the child came to live with the respondent, whether the child still lives with the respondent, and whether the child was born in the U.S.
Number of non-bio children who lived with R
|IFSS_NOTHERKID indicates the number of children who ever lived with the respondent, under her care and responsibility, who were not her children by birth.
General Comparability Notes
Summary: This variable is highly comparable in the later surveys. The question in 1965 is worded slightly differently but not in a way that should not significantly affect responses. The question in 1960 is likely to undercount the number of children who ever lived with the respondent. The universes are essentially the same across the four studies in which this variable appears.
In 1995 and 2002, respondents were asked, "(Not counting the child(ren) born to you), have any children lived with you under your care and responsibility," followed by "How many children?" The question in 1965 is similar in meaning but different in wording, asking, "Have you ever had any children living with you (besides those you have given birth to) that you and your husband were bringing up?" Likely "bringing up" would have the same meaning to a respondent as "under your care and responsibility." The other notable difference is the expectation that the respondent's husband would also be helping to bring the child up. While this is probably an indication of the time period in which the question was asked and the fact that the sample only included married women, there is the chance that a respondent may have had a child living under her care prior to her current marriage. The impact on analysis of this variable is likely to be small, however.
Finally, the variable in 1960 results from the question, "Are there any children living here..." followed by the 1965 wording. One should note that other non-biological children may be undercounted because the question asks women about children currently living with them rather than asking about any who have ever done so. Women in the sample were ages 18-44 so, in general, one would expect children to still be living with them but living arrangements of non-biological children were not adopted by the respondent might be more transitory.
The question was open-ended in each survey and the highest number reported ranged from five (1960) and seven or more (1965) in the early surveys to 20 (1995) and 17 (2002) in the later ones.
The universe for all question is respondents 18 years or older (by virtue of sample definitions in the early years). In 1995, women who had not yet started their periods were excluded.
Imputation Flag Exists
|Imputation Flag Values|
|1||Imputed in original study|
|3||Month imputed (Original file edit)|
|4||Age known, month imputed|
|5||Originally imputed as June, recoded to random month|
|7||Multiple regression imputed: Not ascertained|
|8||Multiple regression imputed: Refused|
|9||Multiple regression imputed: Don't know|
|10||Midpoint of a given range|
|11||Answer comes from a follow-up question|
|12||Midpoint of a range given as a follow-up|
|13||Answer is rounded up|
|14||Answer is rounded down|
|15||Reported months and weeks, weeks<=4|
|17||Reported months=weeks & weeks>4|
|18||Reported months!=trunc(weeks/4.35), months!=weeks, weeks>4|
|19||Months coded NA/RF/DK|
|20||Weeks coded NA/RF/DK|
|21||Impossible to determine which method used last|