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Classification and coding process

Classification criteria

For the indicator classifications, the criteria for inclusion in a specific category are age, role in family nucleus, and work and labour force status. Further, some surveys may wish to restrict their subject population to those individuals in a family type of 'couple with children' or 'one parent with children'.

For the 'child dependency status classification', the criterion for each level is:

Level 1: whether or not the family or household has at least one identified 'dependent child under 18'
Level 2: the specific combination of children that the family or household contains – that is, combinations of dependent child(ren) under 18, dependent young persons, non-dependent children, and children whose dependency status is unknown
Level 3: specific combination of children that the family or household contains, with more detailed options for families or households with children of unknown dependency.

Classification

The 'dependent child under 18 indicator' and 'dependent young person indicator' classifications are flat classifications each with three categories.

The standard classification of child dependency status is a hierarchical classification of four levels. Level 1 of the classification has two categories, level 2 has nine categories, and level 3 has 15 categories.

The residual categories are defined in Glossary and references.

The full classification is available on the main page.

Coding process

Child dependency status is a derived variable and is derived from the following classifications:

  • age
  • role in family nucleus
  • work and labour force status, or
    labour force status in combination with hours worked.

Some surveys choose to restrict the subject population to those individuals in a family type of 'couple with children' or 'one parent with children' in order to further ensure the target population is captured.

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