IFSS_OTHERKID: R has had non-bio child living with her

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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.


IFSS_OTHERKID

R has had non-bio child living with her

Availability

2002 NSFG
1995 NSFG
1965 NFS
1960 GAF

Source Variables

Source Questions

OTHERKID BJ-1 2002 NSFG
OTHERKID BL-1 1995 NSFG
CH_NOTOWN 128 1965 NFS
RES_NOOTHKIDS 18 1960 GAF

Description

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.

See also:
IFSS_ADPTOTKD_1
IFSS_ADPTOTKD_2
IFSS_ADPTOTKD_3
IFSS_CMOKDCAM_1
IFSS_CMOKDCAM_2
IFSS_CMOKDCAM_3
IFSS_CMOKDDOB_1
IFSS_CMOKDDOB_2
IFSS_CMOKDDOB_3
IFSS_NOTHERKID
IFSS_OKBORNUS_1
IFSS_OKBORNUS_2
IFSS_OKBORNUS_3
IFSS_OKDISABL
IFSS_OTHKDRAC_1
IFSS_OTHKDRAC_2
IFSS_OTHKDRAC_3
IFSS_OTHKDSPN_1
IFSS_OTHKDSPN_2
IFSS_OTHKDSPN_3
IFSS_RELOTHKD_1
IFSS_RELOTHKD_2
IFSS_RELOTHKD_3
IFSS_SEXOTHKD_1
IFSS_SEXOTHKD_2
IFSS_SEXOTHKD_3
IFSS_STILHEROK_1
IFSS_STILHEROK_2
IFSS_STILHEROK_3

Imputation Flag Exists

Imputation Flag Values
-1 Illogical value
0 Not imputed
1 Imputed in original study
2 Logically imputed
3 Month imputed (Original file edit)
4 Age known, month imputed
5 Originally imputed as June, recoded to random month
6 Month imputed
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
16 Reported months=trunc(weeks/4.35)
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

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