Dear User Support Forum,
sorry for the second raised issue in one day, but I am revising my work so far.
I am currently checking how marital status change in BHPS and UKHLS is captured.
I am interested in the transition from the status of single (either never married
or previously married) to marriage or cohabitation (living with a partner w/o being married).
From what I understand, the pre-computed indicator in both the surveys, only gets
the change in the legal marital status and, thus, the only transition that can be
identified is the following:
If I want to control for the presence of cohabitation spells between the waves in t
and t+1, I can rely only on UKHLS because BHPS does not have a variable controlling
for that. Is it right?
Therefore, if I want to compute marital change from single to marriage or cohabitation
with an harmonized variable across the two waves, I can only compute the change in the
de-facto marital status from one wave to the other. Is it correct?
Thank you and best regards,
#1 Updated by Stephanie Auty 7 months ago
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Many thanks for your enquiry. The Understanding Society team is looking into it and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Stephanie Auty - Understanding Society User Support Officer
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Although a harmonised marital status variable has not yet been created, you can use the variables bw_mastat and w_mastat_dv, which both contain the categories you are interested in, to create your own. You will then be able to calculate changes in this new variable between waves.
#3 Updated by Lydia Palumbo 7 months ago
Thank you for your answer.
So, this means that, in both the surveys, I am allowed to know only the changes between t and t+1 and I cannot know the presence of different marital statuses throughout the year (for example, single in t --> cohabiter in t+0.5 --> married in t+1). I can only access this information through UKHLS for what concerns cohabitation spells (b_lmcbm1,...).
#4 Updated by Stephanie Auty 7 months ago
I see what you are asking for now. We do have that information available as follows:
For BHPS, there is a consolidated marital, cohabitation and fertility history dataset available here: https://beta.ukdataservice.ac.uk/datacatalogue/studies/study?id=5629
For Understanding Society, there will be a consolidated partnership history dataset released through UKDS at the end of this month. In the meantime, the historical data is collected in the partnership history module (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/mainstage/dataset-documentation/wave/7/questionnaire-module/partnershiphistory_w7) when the respondent joins the survey, and the changes between each interview are collected in the annual event history module (https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/documentation/mainstage/dataset-documentation/wave/7/questionnaire-module/annualeventhistory_w7) and the data from both is available for each wave in w_indresp.
#6 Updated by Lydia Palumbo 7 months ago
thank you very much for your answer.
I am aware of the consolidated histories. I am just wondering whether
they do not suffer from interval censoring for what concerns outcomes of non-partnership.
Let me just make an example:
Let me suppose that an interviewee belongs to BHPS and that we are considering a period of analysis that goes beyond wave 2 (when the cohabitation history is asked) and that the marital status of the individual in the panel looks like this:
t=3 never married, not in a partnership
t=4 legally married
I guess that I cannot identify if, between t=3 and t=4, there was a pre-marital cohabitation.
I know that it is possible from the third wave of USoc, but I am not sure in BHPS.
Thank you very much for your patience.
#8 Updated by Stephanie Auty 6 months ago
We have checked the BHPS questionnaires and it looks like you are correct. The marital status was only recorded at the time of the interview, and changes between interviews were not recorded. Additionally, the date of legal marital status change was asked, but the start date of a cohabitation was not, so must have been imputed by the researcher who created these consolidated histories.
#9 Updated by Lydia Palumbo 6 months ago
I would like to understand if the consolidated partnership history for Understanding Society has been released or not. According to the previous posts, it should have already been released.
If yes, could you please tell me the number of the dataset? I cannot find it through the website of the UK Data Archive.
Thank you and best,