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.
Relationship of third non-bio child to R
|IFSS_RELOTHKD_1, IFSS_RELOTHKD_2, and IFSS_RELOTHKD_3 give the first three non-biological children's relationships to the respondent.
General Comparability Notes
Summary: The respondent was asked about each non-biological child's relationship to her. Answer options differed slightly as discussed below.
In both years, respondents were asked how the focal child had been related to her when the child began living with the respondent. Some answer categories were exactly comparable ("Stepchild [by birth or adoption]," and "Related to you in some other way") while others offered slight variability. For example, "your boyfriend's child" was an option in 1995; in 2002 the same response was designated "boyfriend's or partner's child." The responses for children who were not related, while worded differently ("no prior relationship to you" and "unrelated to you previously in any way"), are directly comparable.
To maximize comparability across response categories (and to keep categories consistent for the adopted child analog, IFSS_RELADPKD), we grouped all responses in to one of four categories: "Stepchild (by birth or adoption)", "Boyfriend's or Partner's Child", "Related in Some Other Way", and "Not Related." The first two categories are direct translations of their respective responses in both years. The harmonized category "Related in Some Other Way" includes "Child of a relative", "Sibling (brother or sister)", "Grandchild (yours or your husband's)" and "Related to you in some other way" in 1995. In 2002 it includes "Child of a relative by blood", "Child of a relative by marriage" and "Related to you in some other way." The harmonized category "Not Related" includes "Child of a friend" and "Unrelated to you previously in any way"/"No prior relationship to you" in both years.
The universes for these variables were functionally 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 who would have been included otherwise.
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|