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W2PARS (Parents) File Replaced

1994 HRS (Final) (v.1.0)

12/09/2002 (Revised 2/25/2003)

The W2PARS.DA file has been re-issued. The value of PN has been changed for 194 records. Ninety-five records now have a value for PN when previously they had none. Ninety-nine records now have a different value for PN than they did previously. The 2/28/2003 replacement file contains 8.902 records.

PN - PERSON NUMBER, is included to facilitate merging parent information with 1994 respondent files. PN has a value for all records even if the spouse/partner was not a respondent in 1994. For parent records, PARCODE is 1-7, PN will be equal to RPN - PERSON NUMBER (OF FAMILY R). For parent-in-law records, PARCODE is 8-14, PN will not be equal to RPN and is assigned as follows.

  • For spouse/partners who provided an interview in 1994, PN was obtained from a 1994 respondent file.
  • For 1994 non-respondent spouse/partners who provided an interview in 1992, PN was obtained from the 1994 W2HHLIST file.
  • For parent-in-law information provided in exit interviews, PN was obtained from the 1994 W2HHLIST file.
  • For for 1994 new spouse/partner non-respondents, PN was obtained from the TRACK30 file.
  • For spouse/partners not part of the sample or not listed, PN was assigned a value of 990.

Four variables uniquely identify records in this file:

  • HHID -- HRS HOUSEHOLD IDENTIFIER
  • W2SUBHH -- HRS WAVE 2 SUB-HOUSEHOLD ID
  • RPN -- PERSON NUMBER (OF FAMILY R)
  • PARCODE -- TYPE OF PARENT FLAG

Be aware of the possibility of more than one report about a particular parent. Multiple reports can occur in two ways.

  • For ten households, in error, family information was provided by more than one respondent; see FAMFLAG to identify these records.
  • Exit interviews may include information about the parents of the surviving spouse/partner; see W2SUBHH to identify exit interviews. Information about these same parents may also be provided by the surviving spouse.

The file contains records for mothers, fathers, parents, mothers and stepfathers, fathers and stepmothers, stepfathers, and stepmothers of family respondents and analogous records for in-laws.

The type of record, PARCODE, determines which variables in the W2PAR file will have valid data. Listed below are the variables and the record types that will contain valid data for the variables.

Variables Parent Record Types Parent-in-law Record Types
W8201 Parent still living?
W8202 Parent age
W8203 Parent needs help?
W8204 Parent can be left alone?
W8205 Parent year of death
W8206 Parent age at death
W8207 Parent have illness lasting 3+ mo
W8208 Parent ever live in nursing home
1 Mother
2 Father
8 Mother-in-law 9 Father-in-law
W8209 Parents married? 1 Mother
2 Father
3 Parents
8 Mother-in-law
9 Father-in-law
10 Parents-in-law
W8210 Parent(s) own home?
W8211 Parent(s) financial situation
1 Mother (and stepfather)
2 Father (and stepmother)
3 Parents
8 Mother-in-law (and stepfather-in-law)
9 Father-in-law (and stepmother-in-law)
10 Parents-in-law
W8212 Parent(s) live together? 3 Parents 10 Parents-in-law
W8213 Parent(s) live with whom?
W8214 Parent(s): move in w/whom
W8215 Parent(s): year of move
W8216 Parent(s) move helped whom
W8217 Parent(s) live w/in 10 miles
W8218 Parent(s) state of residence
W8219 Parent(s): contact with
1 Mother (and stepfather)
2 Father (and stepmother)
3 Parents
8 Mother-in-law (and stepfather-in-law)
9 Father-in-law (and stepmother-in-law)
10 Parents-in-law
W8220 Parent(s): received fin assist?
W8221 Parent(s): how much fin assist
W8222 Parent(s): fin assist brackets

W8223 Parent(s): received per assist?
W8224 Parent(s): hours fam r per assist
W8225 Parent(s): 100+ hrs fam r per assist
W8226 Parent(s): hours spouse per assist
W8227 Parent(s): 100+ hrs spouse per assist

W8228 Parent(s): received oth assist?
W8229 Parent(s): hours fam r oth assist
W8230 Parent(s): 100+ hrs fam r oth assist
W8231 Parent(s): hours spouse oth assist
W8232 Parent(s): 100+ hrs spouse oth assist

W8233 Parent(s) fin assist r?
W8234 Parent(s) amount fin assist r
W8235 Parent(s) amount fin assist r brackets
1 Mother
2 Father
3 Parents
4 Mother and Stepfather
5 Father and Stepmother
6 Stepmother
7 Stepfather
8 Mother-in-law
9 Father-in-law
10 Parents-in-law
11 Mother-in-law and Stepfather-in-law
12 Father-in-law and Stepmother-in-law
13 Stepfather-in-law
14 Stepmother-in-law

The 12/9/2002 replacement file, W2PARS.DA contained 8,902 records. The previous file contained 12,247 records. The deleted records were parent (or parent-in-law) records that contained mother (or mother-in-law) data that also appeared, properly, on the mother (or mother-in-law) records.

In addition to extraneous parent records, the old file also contained extraneous parent (or parent-in-law) data in mother (or mother-in-law) records for four variables,


     W8210 - Parent(s) own home?
     W8213 - Parent(s) live with whom?
     W8217 - Parent(s) live w/in 10 miles
     W8219 - Parent(s): contact with

The extraneous parent (or parent-in-law) data has been removed from the mother (or mother-in-law) records in the re-issued file.

Minor changes were also made to two additional variables,


     W8220 - Parent(s): received fin assist?
     W8233 - Parent(s) fin assist r?

The codebook file, 21_W2PAR.TXT, has not been re-issued and contains frequencies based on the old file. Frequencies for the changed variables are provided below. Except for 0 code, frequencies for all other variables are unchanged.


Distribution before correction           Distribution after to correction
       Parent(s) own home?                       Parent(s) own home?
                      Cumulative                                Cumulative
W8210    Frequency     Frequency          W8210    Frequency     Frequency
--------------------------------          --------------------------------
    0        2396          2396                0        3481          3481
    1        6207          8603                1        3429          6910
    5        3595         12198                5        1957          8867
    8          49         12247                8          35          8902
    Parent(s) live with whom?                    Parent(s) live with whom?
                      Cumulative                                Cumulative
W8213    Frequency     Frequency          W8213    Frequency     Frequency
--------------------------------          --------------------------------
    0        2358          2358                0        3443          3443
    1         470          2828                1         249          3692
    2        6307          9135                2        3438          7130
    3        1376         10511                3         708          7838
    4         457         10968                4         268          8106
    5         787         11755                5         454          8560
    6         150         11905                6          83          8643
    7         310         12215                7         234          8877
    8          31         12246                8          24          8901
    9           1         12247                9           1          8902
  Parent(s) live w/in 10 miles                  Parent(s) live w/in 10 miles
                      Cumulative                                Cumulative
W8217    Frequency     Frequency          W8217    Frequency     Frequency
--------------------------------          --------------------------------
    0        2818          2818                0        3683          3683
    1        3502          6320                1        1901          5584
    5        5910         12230                5        3306          8890
    8          13         12243                8          10          8900
    9           4         12247                9           2          8902
     Parent(s): contact with                     Parent(s): contact with
                      Cumulative                                Cumulative
W8219    Frequency     Frequency          W8219    Frequency     Frequency
--------------------------------          --------------------------------
    0        2800          2800                0        3664          3664
    1        4123          6923                1        2219          5883
    2        2230          9153                2        1214          7097
    3        2082         11235                3        1168          8265
    4         640         11875                4         388          8653
    5         368         12243                5         246          8899
    8           4         12247                8           3          8902
 Parent(s): received fin assist?            Parent(s): received fin assist?
                      Cumulative                                 Cumulative
W8220    Frequency     Frequency           W8220    Frequency     Frequency
--------------------------------           --------------------------------
    0       11255         11255                 0        7912          7912
    1         629         11884                 1         627          8539
    2          23         11907                 2          23          8562
   11         332         12239                11         332          8894
   12           8         12247                12           8          8902
     Parent(s) fin assist r?                      Parent(s) fin assist r?
                      Cumulative                                 Cumulative
W8233    Frequency     Frequency           W8233    Frequency     Frequency
--------------------------------           --------------------------------
    0       11967         11967                 0        8625          8625
    1         206         12173                 1         205          8830
   11          74         12247                11          72          8902



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