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Diarist is in a couple

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CIVSTAT indicates whether the respondent lives with a spouse or partner.

See COHAB for information on whether the respondent is cohabiting or legally married.

Comparability — Index

United Kingdom


CIVSTAT is constructed differently across samples.

Comparability — Canada [top]

In 2005 and 2010, this variable is created using original variables for marital status and living arrangement variables. No inconsistencies between living arrangements and marital status found. Still the code is as follows: all married or in common law, even those reporting not living with a partner are included. Also, all people who report living with a partner are also included even though they do not report being married or in common law. Married or in common law people who reported to be living alone or only with a parent in a household with two people were recoded as CIVSTAT=2.

Comparability — Hungary [top]

In 2009, in the original source data for this variable, data is only available on who lives with a partner. All other responses are coded as missing.

Comparability — Italy [top]

In 2002, the information for this variable is not directly asked but is constructed based on related variables.

Comparability — United Kingdom [top]

In 1974, this variable was constructed from a number of variables, as the mode of collection of this information varied by wave.


  • All persons.


  • Austria: 1992, 2008
  • Bulgaria: 2001
  • Canada: 2005, 2010, 2015
  • France: 1985, 2009
  • Hungary: 1999, 2009
  • Israel: 1991
  • Italy: 2002, 2008
  • Netherlands: 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005
  • South Korea: 2004, 2009
  • Spain: 2002, 2009
  • United Kingdom: 1974, 1983, 1987, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2014
  • United States: 1965, 1975, 1985, 1995, 1998, 2003-2019