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Reports of relationship timing : missing data and couple agreement

Berichte über die zeitliche Planung von Beziehungen : fehlende Daten und die Absprachen von Paaren
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Reimondos, Anna; Evans, Ann; Gray, Edith

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Abstract "In studying changes in family formation over time, social researchers and demographers have primarily relied on retrospective and prospective marital and cohabitation histories collected from surveys. With the increasing use of these types of retrospective questions in surveys, social researchers have now begun to pay more attention to the quality of the data and the degree of accuracy with which respondents are able to remember past events. The purpose of this paper is to explore the incidence and demographic and socio-economic correlates of recall error and inaccuracy of reporting of marriage and cohabitation dates. In the first part the authors investigate the degree of precision with which dates are remembered using both descriptive and multivariate analysis. They then compare married and cohabiting partner's reports about when their relationship started in order to check the consistency of with which both partners date the same event." (author's abstract)
Keywords demography; demographic factors; population; population statistics; partner relationship; partnership; data; data capture; data quality
Classification Basic Research and General Concepts of Demography, History of Demography; Population Studies, Sociology of Population
Document language English
Publication Year 2011
Page/Pages p. 75-87
Journal Survey Research Methods, 5 (2011) 2
ISSN 1864-3361
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications