1286.0 - Family, Household and Income Unit Variables, 2014
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While information on families can be collected using different methodologies it always follows the same sequence.
Initially, a 'Household reference person' is identified. This person is the first named person entered on the collection form and is called 'Person 1'. They are the reference point to which the 'Relationship in household' is anchored. 'Relationship in household' information provides information on 'Social marital status'. Once relationships within the household have been established and coded, reference is made to the ages of children and further questions about student status are asked to determine whether children aged 15-24 years are dependent or not. Next, rules are applied to the relationship and dependency information to establish the 'Family composition'. 'Family composition' data can then be used to determine the 'Household composition'. If required, additional questions can be asked to determine 'Registered marital status'.
In practice, identification of the 'Household reference person' is either a correction of the identification made in the field, which occurs later during the coding process, or more usually a result of the appropriate person being selected automatically. Automatic selection of 'Person 1' can occur in two ways, depending on the method of collection:
STANDARD QUESTION MODULE
For the 'Relationship in household' question modules see the 'Standard question modules' section in the 'Relationship in household' standard.
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