4326.0.30.002 - Technical Manual: National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing, Confidentialised Unit Record Files, 2007 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Using the CURF microdata >> COPYING DATA TO A LOWER LEVEL


There may be instances when a data item is not contained on the level of the file required by users. For example, geographic information is not included on the person level because it is a household level characteristic. To copy data from the household level to the person level:

  • sort household and person level by household. All records for a particular person must be sorted together. This can be done by sorting on the identifiers for household (ABSHID); and
  • merge the records in household and person level by household. The records must be matched using the household identifier (ABSHID).

These resulting dataset will contain all the household level information (eg geography) attached to the person level data (eg age and sex).

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