Number of children ever born (ranges) (TISRP)
This variable records the number of children ever born to each female aged 15 years and over in ranges.
Females aged 15 years and over
Eight or more children
Number of categories: 12
Not applicable (@@) category comprises:
- Females aged under 15 years
Question(s) from the Census form
For each female, how many babies has she ever given birth to?
How this variable is created
Data for this variable is captured automatically from written numeric responses, or the 'None' response category on the paper form. All numeric responses are accepted as reported.
History and changes
This question was first asked in the 1981 Census.
For 2016, an instruction on the form to include live births only was removed, due to evidence of the sensitivities of this question which cannot be overcome effectively in a self-report questionnaire. This instruction was previously included to collect births information according the United Nations Standard.
No changes have been made for 2021.
Data use considerations
The data may include a small proportion of persons with unusually high numbers of children ever born, as all numeric responses are accepted as reported.
For the Census online form, females aged 15 years and over were asked this question. Male respondents and people who responded only with non-binary sex were not asked this question.