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FILE STRUCTURE AND CONTENT
For the Household and Person levels, each person (noting there is one selected person per household) is represented in a single record. In the other levels, a person may be represented by one or more records, depending on how many different types of violence/partner violence/partner emotional abuse they have experienced.
The Household and Person levels can be linked to each other, in a one-to-one relationship. For example, the ‘Sex’ data item (found on the Person level) can be cross tabulated with the ‘State or Territory of usual residence’ data item (found on the Household level).
Each of the lower levels can be linked to the Person level and Household level (in a one-to-many relationship) but not to each other. For example, the Violence prevalence level can be linked to the Person level (and in turn to the Household level) as the single record found on the Person level can be applied to each of the records for the same person found on the Violence prevalence level. However, the Violence prevalence level cannot be simply linked to the Partner violence level due to differing numbers of records per person and differing content focuses for each record. For example, a respondent may have 7 records on the Violence prevalence level and 2 records on the Partner violence level, and the second record on the Partner violence level may not be related to violence reported in the second record of the Violence prevalence level.
The 2016 PSS microdata contains data available across six levels:
Index items are used to ensure that data in each level is presented appropriately. Because one person may have experienced multiple types of violence/partner violence/partner emotional abuse, the Index item categories are needed to specify which experience(s) the other data items relate to.
Each of the four levels below the Person level contains a corresponding Index item:
For more detailed information about these levels and Index items, refer to the relevant Using the level pages outlined below.
When using TableBuilder and the Detailed Microdata products, it is important to understand:
Details on what information was collected and how it was collected can be found in the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide 2016 (cat.no. 4906.0.55.003).
Details on interpreting the data can be found in the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide 2016 (cat.no. 4906.0.55.003). More technical details about using the levels and data items can be found in the webpages attached to this page:
The availability by microdata product type and level location of data can be found by referring to the Data Item List contained in the Downloads tab of this product.
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