Child presence any age of economic family

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on November 16, 2015.

Definition

Child presence any age refers to whether or not the family includes any children. To be included, children must live in the same household as the family. They may be children by birth, marriage, common-law union or adoption.

Economic family refers to a group of two or more persons who live in the same dwelling and are related to each other by blood, marriage, common-law union, adoption or a foster relationship. A couple may be of opposite or same sex.

By definition, all persons who are members of a census family are also members of an economic family. Examples of the broader concept of economic family include the following: two co-resident census families who are related to one another are considered one economic family; co-resident siblings who are not members of a census family are considered as one economic family; and, nieces or nephews living with aunts or uncles are considered one economic family.

Usage

In the context of economic families, only children of the economic family reference person are included.

Derivation

Child presence any age of economic family is derived from the responses to questions about the relationships among the people who live in the household.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

There are no relevant internationally recognized standards.

Classifications

Relation to previous version

  • Child presence any age of economic family November 16, 2015 to current

    This standard has been revised to clarify that, though foster children are considered members of an economic family, economic families are classified as "without children any age" if there are no children by birth, marriage, common-law union or adoption.

  • Presence and number of children under 18 years of economic family September 11, 2013 to November 15, 2015

    This standard was replaced by the 'Child presence any age of economic family' as November 16, 2015.

  • Child presence any age of economic family October 22, 2007 to November 15, 2015

    'Child presence any age of economic family' is incorporated within the classification of the previous standard, Economic family structure. The current standards take a more simplified approach, presenting each classification dimension as a separate concept. This approach provides greater conceptual and definitional clarity while simultaneously allowing users more flexibility in constructing whatever more complex, multidimensional classifications meet their needs for data presentation.

  • Economic family structure July 15, 1998 to October 21, 2007
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