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1285.0.55.001 - Number of Children Ever Born Standard, July 2012  
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COLLECTION METHODS


STANDARD QUESTION MODULE

Household based surveys

21. For household based interviewer surveys the recommended question module is:

Have you ever had any children who were born alive?
Yes
No
How many?
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
Nine or more

Self enumerated collections

22. The recommended question module for household based respondent enumerated collections (for example, the Census):

For each female, how many babies has she ever had?
(Include only live births)
None
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six or more

Administrative data collections

23. For administrative collections the exact wording of the questions asked may depend on the context of the questionnaire and on the need to collect other variables associated with the number of children.

  • In the case of birth collections the following approach is used in States which collect information about children born in a previous relationship (for example, NSW):
        Previous Children of This Relationship
        Enter in order of birth.
        Include legally adopted children.
        If deceased enter D in age column.
        If not born alive enter SB in age column.
        If no previous children of this relationship write "None" in first column.
        Age of each child at the time of birth of the current child.
        First NamesAgeDate of birthSex
        __/__/____
        __/__/____
        __/__/____
        __/__/____
        __/__/____

        Other Children of the Mother But Not of This Relationship
        Enter in order of birth.
        Include legally adopted children.
        If deceased enter D in age column.
        If not born alive enter SB in age column.
        If the mother does not have children born to her from another relationship, write "None" in first column.
        Age of each child at the time of birth of the current child.
        First NamesAgeDate of birthSex
        __/__/____
        __/__/____
        __/__/____
        __/__/____
        __/__/____
  • In death collections the following approach is used:
        Children of Deceased (if applicable)
        Enter in order of birth.
        Include legally adopted children.
        If deceased enter D in the age column.
        If not born alive enter SB in age column.
        If no children of deceased write "None" in first column.
First NamesAgeDate of birthSex
__/__/____
__/__/____
__/__/____
__/__/____
__/__/____
  • If there are no complicating factors, the following wording is recommended for administrative forms:

        How many babies have you/has ..... [the person] ever had?
        (include only live births)


STANDARD INPUT CATEGORIES

24. The standard input categories are Number of children ever born:

        0
        1
        2
        3
        4
        5
        6
        7
        8
        9 or more

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