U.S. Census Bureau

Appendix A. CPS Identification of Opposite-Sex Cohabitors: Key Scenarios

This table shows key household composition scenarios and how they are identified by three different measures: the CPS self-identified partner method, the traditional POSSLQ method, and the Adjusted POSSLQ method. In this table, it is assumed that the self-identified measure identifies all "true" partner relationships that involve household reference people. The table shows the number of households fitting each scenario in 1997 (in thousands), as identified by each measure. Where relationships cannot be identified using the CPS household roster, symbols indicate whether each measure identifies a non-marital partner household.

  Partner POSSLQ Adjusted
POSSLQ
Man or woman with opposite-sex partner and no other adults
present
2,550 2,550 2,550
Man or woman with opposite-sex partner, children under 15
and no other adults present
1,182 1,182 1,182
Man or woman with opposite-sex partner, children 15+
and no other adults present
360 - 360
Man or woman with opposite-sex partner and other unrelated adults 158 - -
Man or woman with opposite-sex non-partner, children under 15
and no other adults present
- 451 586
Man or woman with opposite-sex non-partner, children 15+
and no other adults present
- - 289
Note: Reference person in Italics.
Source: Current Population Survey.

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

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Created: June 22, 1999
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