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BHPS Documentation and Questionnaires

Record Type LMARRIAG

This Record contains one record for each reported legal marriage. It is keyed on LHID, LPNO and LMARNO. The sequence of LMARNO reflects the questionnaire structure. The current or most recent marriage is always keyed as LMARNO = 4. Records with LMARNO = 1, 2 or 3 will exist if there were one or more previous marriages. Thus the record with the key value LMARNO = 1 corresponds to questions L4 to L10, the record with key value 2 corresponds to L12 to L18, the record with key value 3 corresponds to L20 to L26, and the record with key value 4 corresponds to L27 to L34. The variable LMRMSEQ contains the sequence number of the most recent marriage (e.g. if LMRMSEQ on record where LMARNO eq 4 is equal to 1, then the most recent marriage is the first marriage).

This Record also contains information on cohabitation spells with the same partner which may have preceded marriage.

Note that there has been no attempt to enforce consistency between the data contained in this record, and the information about household composition and relationships in other records at this or previous waves.

See record reader statement for LLIFEMST for a discussion of season codes.

The results contained in the following tables are obtained from unweighted data. See Volume A for a full discussion on weighting.