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STANDARD OUTPUT CATEGORIES
52. A footnote should state that in the 'Registered marital status' classification:
53. In addition, definitions for the concepts and categories used should be listed in a glossary of terms. These should be consistent with those outlined in the Glossary section of the 'Overview of family, household and income unit standards'. In some instances, there may be a need for explanatory notes to further clarify the concepts.
CROSS CLASSIFIED OUTPUT STRUCTURE
Using both 'Registered marital status' and 'Social marital status'
54. In many circumstances the most useful application of 'Registered marital status' will be in combined output with 'Social marital status'. Where such output is required, the following output structure is standard.
(1) This category includes individuals still in a registered marriage who have formed a de facto marriage with another person.
(2) This category includes individuals who report themselves as being in a registered marriage but whose spouse is not a usual resident of the same dwelling.
Cross-classifying 'Registered marital status' and 'Social marital status'
55. It is not anticipated that many collections will present data cross-tabulated in this way. However, when this is necessary, the following format is recommended for output tables:
(1) Not applicable as it is not possible to have data for these categories.
(2) This category includes individuals still in a registered marriage who have formed a de facto marriage with another person.
(3) This category includes individuals who report themselves as being in a registered marriage but whose spouse is not a usual resident of the same dwelling.
MEASUREMENT ISSUES AND RELATED CLASSIFICATIONS
56. No specific measurement issues apply to the variable 'Registered marital status' beyond the normal constraints affecting statistical collections, such as problems with confidentiality and standard errors which may prevent the output of data for some of the categories of the classification.
57. Because of the close connection between 'Registered marital status', 'Social marital status', household relationships, and family and household compositions, none of these should be changed without first considering any implications of the proposed change for the other related classifications.