Census Bureau

Appendix A

SIPP Topical Module--Work History Before and After The First Child was Born

(The following questions were asked in the 1984/85 and 1966 SIPP panels. Questions with asterisks denote new items added in 1996)

  1. At any time before first child was born, did--work for pay for at least 6 straight months? (include part time and full-time work)

    1. Yes
    2. No

  2. Did ... work for pay at a job at any time during this pregnancy?

    1. Yes
    2. No

  3. At the last job...held before this child was born, did she usually work 35 hours or more per week?

    1. Yes
    2. No

  4. In what month and year did...stop working before her child was born?

    F) Stopped when she found out when she was pregnant
    N) Never stopped/ worked right up tp delivery

    Month __
    Year __

  5. Between the time she stopped working and date her child was born, did she quit or let go from job, or did she take any paid or unpaid leave?

    1. Quit
    2. Let go from her job
    3. Paid maternity leave
    4. Unpaid maternity leave
    5. Paid sick leave
    6. Unpaid sick leave
    7. Disability leave
    8. Paid vacation leave
        9. Unpaid vacation leave
    10. Other paid leave
    11. Other unpaid leave
    12. Never stopped working
    13. Self employed
    14. Employer went out of business
    15. Other circumstances

  6. *Thinking now about the time between child's birth and up to 12 weeks after the child was born, what types of leave from this job, if any, did she use?
    1. Quit
    2. Let go from her job
    3. Paid maternity leave
    4. Unpaid maternity leave
    5. Paid sick leave
    6. Unpaid sick leave
    7. Disability leave
    8. Paid vaction leave
      9.  Unpaid vacation leave
    10. Other paid leave
    11. Other unpaid leave
    12. Never stopped working
    13. Self employed
    14. Employer went out of business
    15. Other circumstances

  7. Did she work for pay at any time after the birth of her child?

    1. Yes
    2. No

  8. In what month and year did she start to work after the birth of her child?

    Month __
    Year __

  9. When she first returned to work, did she usually work at this job 35 hours or more per week?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Don't know
    Refused

  10. *Did she work at this job about the same, more, or fewer hours per week compared to the last job she held while pregnant?

    1. About the same hours
    2. More hours than the last job
    3. Fewer hours than the last job

    Don't know
    Refused

  11. *Was this job with the same employer she last worked for while pregnant?

    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. Self-employed
    4. Employer went out of business

    Don't know
    Refused

  12. *Was this job at the same level of job skills and responsibility that she last held while pregnant or was it at a greater or lesser level of skill or responsibility?

    1. About the same
    2. Greater skill/ responsibility level
    3. Lesser skill/ responsibility level

    Don't know
    Refused

  13. *Was this job at about the same pay rate as the job she last had while pregnant or was it at higher or lower pay rate?

    1. Same pay rate
    2. Higher pay rate
    3. Lower pay rate

    Don't know
    Refused

  14. *Is she still with the same employer she first worked for after her child's birth?

    1. Yes
    2. No

    Don't know
    Refused

  15. *In what month and year did she leave the employer?

    Month--
    Year
    Don't know
    Refused

    Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division,
    Fertility & Family Statistics Branch

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    Last Revised: October 31, 2011 at 10:03:05 PM