J - Marriage and Cohabitation

The cohort members were 23 years old at the time of the 1981 interview, and had reached a stage in their life cycle marked by major transitions - for example, from school or full-time further and higher education to work, from dependent status in their families of origin to independent status as members or heads of new households, from single status to partnership with marriage partners or cohabitees, and from childlessness to parenthood. During the interview survey detailed information was been sought from these young adults about: Employment, unemployment and periods of out of the labour force (including details of economic status for each month since March 1974; dates and durations; occupation; industry; earnings; training; promotion, hours; job satisfaction; job choice; job behaviour; participation in government special schemes etc). Apprenticeship and training (including details of dates and durations; trades and skills; courses and qualifications; and reasons for non-completion etc). Post-school education (including details of dates and duration; courses; subjects; qualifications; failed courses; courses not leading to qualifications; planned courses; finance; literacy and numeracy problems etc). Marriage, cohabitation and children (including details of dates of marriage(s) and cohabitation(s); age and prior status of partner(s); abortion and miscarriage; dates of birth and birthweight of children and experience of lone parenthood, etc). Housing and household (including details of household composition; type and tenure of housing; amenities; housing costs; home ownership aspiration; leaving home; homelessness, etc). Family income, savings and investment (including details of state benefits; other payments from outside the household; savings investments and inheritances). Respondent reported health state and health related behaviour (including details of smoking, drinking, handicap, migraine, epilepsy, asthma and wheezy bronchitis, other conditions requiring regular medical supervision, accidents, hospital admittances and emotional problems). Voluntary activity and leisure, etc (including details of the nature and frequency of activities; religion; voting behaviour; trade union membership; and newspaper readership). Malaise Inventory (a 24 item inventory completed by the respondents at the completion of the interview. This is a measure indicating a tendency towards non-clinical depression developed by the Institute of Psychiatry from the Cornell Medical Index (Rutter and others, 1970)).

Family Plans
N52504I Ability to have children
N52514I Reason for inability to have children
N52524I Medical advise not to have children
N52534I Desire to have <more> children
N52544I Total number of children wanted
N52554I When <next> child wanted
N52564I Date baby due
N52584I Method of birth control used
N52604I Sex of respondent
N52614I Any miscarriages or abortions
N52624I How pregnancy ended
N52634I Number of miscarriages
N52644I Number of miscarriages if both
N52654I Number of abortions
N52664I Interviewed alone or with others
N63494I First reason for not wanting children
N63514I Second reason for not wanting children
N63534I Third reason for not wanting children
First Cohabitation
N52354I Cohabitation before first spouse
N52364I Age met first cohabitee
N52384I Start date first cohabitation
N52404I 1st cohabitation: start date - year
N52424I Age of first cohabitee at cohabition
N52444I Cohabitee's status at first cohabitation
N52454I End date first cohabitation
N52474I 1st cohabitation: end date - year
N52494I Total number of cohabitees
First Marriage
N52164I Start date first marriage - month
N52184I 1st marriage: date - year
N52204I Age of first spouse at marriage
N52224I Status of first spouse at marriage
N52234I Age met first spouse
N52254I Cohabitation with first spouse
N52264I Date start cohabiting first spouse
N52284I Cohabitation with first spouse: start date - year
N52304I How first marriage ended
N52314I End date first marriage
N52334I 1st marriage: end date - year
Marriage and Cohabitation
N51134I Legal marital status
N51144I Desire to marry of single respondent
N51154I Plans for marriage of single respondent
N51164I Is single respondent cohabiting
N51174I Has single respondent ever cohabited
N51184I Number of marriages if married before
N51194I Start date last marriage - month
N51214I Most recent marriage: start date - year
N51234I End date last marriage
N51254I Most recent marriage: end date - year
N51274I Desire to marry if married before
N51284I Plans for marriage if married before
N51294I Cohabitating if married before
Present Cohabitation
N51454I Children of present spouse
N51464I Age met present cohabitee
N51484I Date current cohabitation - month
N51504I Current cohabitation: start date - year
N51524I Age of cohabitee last birthday
N51544I Status of cohabitee at cohabitation
N51554I Children of present cohabitee
N51564I Age partner completed education
N51584I Activity status of partner
N51594I Partner employed last three months
N51604I Employment status of partner
N51614I Number employed by self-employed partner
N51624I Regular income of self-employed partner
N51634I Number employed where partner works
N51644I Take-home pay of partner
N51694I Period of partner's pay
N52134I If married before present marriage
N52144I Cohabitation before present partner
N52154I Number of marriages if currently married
N61514I Spouse or partners 1970 seg
N61534I Spouse or partner's 1970 social class
N61554I Spouse or partner's occupation code
N61604I Spouse or partner's occupational status
N61624I Spouse or partner's industry
N61644I Spouse or partners 1980 seg
N61664I Spouse or partner's 1980 social class
Present Marriage
N51304I Age met present spouse
N51324I Age of spouse last birthday
N51344I Date current marriage
N51364I Present marriage: date - year
N51384I Marital status of spouse at marriage
N51394I Cohabitation with present spouse
N51404I Date start cohabiting current spouse
N51424I Cohabitation with present spouse: start date - year
N51444I Marital status of spouse at cohabitation