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.
R has had non-bio child living with her
|IFSS_OTHERKID identifies whether a woman had any children living with her, 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 but there are differences in the earlier years. These differences in question wording are described below - 1960 and 1965 are each different than the later variables and they are different from each other as well. 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." 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 small 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, a comparable variable was created in 1960 from a question about the number of children living with the respondent (besides her own) that she and her husband are bringing up. Anyone with an answer greater than zero was coded "yes" on the harmonized variable. Other non-biological children may be undercounted in 1960 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 who were not adopted by the respondent might be more transitory.
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|