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Output

Standard output

Household composition

Household composition is an output variable that is derived from several other household and family classifications (see Coding process). The standard output classification is the same three-level, hierarchical classification as the input classification. For high-level output use level 1 of the classification, for medium-level output use level 2 of the classification and for the lowest level output use level 3 of the classification.

The full classification is available in the 'Available Files' section on the main page.

A footnote may be required for clarification if a category of the household composition classification is going to be output in isolation, as opposed to being output in conjunction with the rest of the classification categories. This is strongly recommended for categories such as 'couple only and other person(s)', 'couple with child(ren) and other person(s)' and 'one parent with child(ren) and other person(s)'. This footnote should show that 'other person(s)' are people who are not in the family nucleus, as this may not be immediately apparent if these categories are output in isolation from the remainder of the classification.

Household composition classification flexibility

The core classification framework approach provides flexibility for survey areas as they do not need to use every level of the classification, nor do they need to use every category within a level, and they may aggregate certain combinations of categories as required. Users may contact the classifications team for help to develop a survey-specific aggregation (if a suitable one does not already exist). Survey areas must document how they have aggregated the core classification framework and why, in supporting metadata and output reports, so it is immediately apparent to data users. For the current survey specific aggregations or more information please contact the classifications and standards team.

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