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.
Second non-bio child of Hispanic origin
|IFSS_OTHKDSPN_1, IFSS_OTHKDSPN_2, IFSS_OTHKDSPN_3 indicate whether the each of the first three non-biological children is of Hispanic or Spanish origin.
General Comparability Notes
Summary: This variable is highly comparable across both surveys. Respondents were asked whether each non-biological child reported was of Hispanic origin.
The questions, while not identical, were comparable between the two surveys. "Is (child) of Hispanic or Spanish origin" was asked in 1995 and in 2002, respondents were asked whether the child was "Hispanic or Latino, or of Spanish origin." In both years this question directly preceded the race question so as to make the distinction between ethnicity and race clearer to respondents. The respondent universes were also 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|