|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.
|First non-bio child still lives with R|
|IFSS_STILHEROK_1, IFSS_STILHEROK_2, and IFSS_STILHEROK_3 describe whether the first through third non-biological child still lives with the respondent.
General Comparability Notes
Summary: For each non-biological child reported, the respondent was asked whether the child was still living with her. Respondent universe is highly comparable, but the non-biological child universe changes dramatically in 2002, resulting in a severe undercount of children living with the respondent in that year.
The same question, "Is [child] still living with you?", was asked in both survey years. The data are exactly comparable. The respondent universes were also 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 in 1995 who would have been included in 2002.
The universe of children about whom the question was asked changes dramatically between surveys. In 1995, the question was asked of all non-biological children. In 2002, however, the question was only asked of non-biological children who it was not clear already lived in the household from the household roster. As a result, the number of non-biological children still living with the respondent is likely dramatically higher than that reported by this variable in 2002. Unfortunately, since we do not have access to the detailed household roster information, we cannot address this concern.
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|