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.
Race of first non-bio child
|IFSS_OTHKDRAC_1, IFSS_OTHKDRAC_2, and IFSS_OTHKDRAC_3 give the first mention of the race of each of the first three non-biological children.
General Comparability Notes
Summary: This variable is reasonably comparable over time. Changes in the child universe in 2002 pose potential analytical concerns. Respondents were asked to choose a race from categories listed on a show card for each non-biological child reported.
In both 1995 and 2002, the respondent was asked to choose one or more races that best describe the focal child from a list shown on a card. In both years we harmonized the first response only, for consistency with later years in the adopted child analog (IFSS_ADPKDRAC). In 1995, four options were listed: Alaskan Native or American Indian, Asian or Pacific Islander, Black, and White. In 2002, "Asian" was listed alone and "Hawaiian Native or Other Pacific Islander" was provided as a choice. In harmonizing the two variables, we collapsed these two options to generate consistent information across the years.
The respondent universes were generally 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.
We chose to harmonize only the first three non-biological children across the studies to keep this variable consistent with the other non-biological children variables.
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|