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.
Any non-bio child has physical/mental disability
|IFSS_OKDISABL indicates whether any non-biological child has a physical, mental or emotional disability.
General Comparability Notes
Summary: This variable is generally comparable across time, but changes in the child universe and the question wording in 2002 pose potential problems. Respondents were asked whether each non-biological child she reported had a disability.
The questions differed between the two surveys. In 1995, respondents were asked whether the child had a "physical or mental disability" (with response options "yes" and "no"). In 2002, the question was worded as "physical disability, emotional disturbance, or mental retardation" and respondents were asked to specify which was applicable. The harmonized variable represents whether the child had any type of disability. Because of the differences in wording, there are likely some children in 1995 about whom a "no" response would be a "yes" in 2002 (if children with an emotional disturbance were not reported as having a "physical or mental disability" in 1995). The impact on analysis of this variable should be determined by the researcher.
If the respondent replied "yes" to the question about disability for any of her non-biological children, IFSS_OKDISABL is coded as "yes". For specific information about which non-biological children were disabled, analysts can refer to the original surveys.
The respondent universes were equivalent (the respondent reported having non-biological children that had been under her care). The differences in the applicability criteria, such as that the respondent had not yet begun her period, are unlikely to result in many women being left out of the question sample in 1995 who would have been included in 2002.
The universe of children about whom the question was asked is less comparable. In 1995, the question was asked of all non-biological children who had ever lived with the respondent. In 2002, the question was only asked of children were previously unrelated to the respondent in any way and who are currently living with her, and children who were adopted. Concerned analysts can use IFSS_RELOTHKD, IFSS_STILHEROK, and IFSS_ADPTOTKD to restrict the universe in 1995 to create a completely comparable sample.
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|