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Protocol - Current Marital Status

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Description:

The interviewer asks the respondent about his or her current marital status by presenting a numbered card that lists answer choices. The respondent may select one category.

Protocol:

For many questions on this survey, I’ll ask you to look at numbered cards that list answer choices. After you’ve read the choices on the card, you can tell me your answer or, if you prefer, you can just tell me the number next to the answer you choose.

1. Now I’d like to ask about marital status and living together. Please look at Card 1. What is your current marital or cohabiting status?

ENTER [2] if R is living together with a partner of the opposite sex to whom she/he is not married, even if she/he is also widowed, divorced, separated, or never married.

IF R volunteers living in a same-sex marriage or with a same-sex partner, then enter this information in a comment.

Card 1 Responses:

Married to a person of the opposite sex ................1

Not married but living together with a partner

of the opposite sex .............................2

Widowed ..............................................3

Divorced or annulled ..................................4

Separated, because you and your spouse are

not getting along ...................................5

Never been married ....................................6

{ASKED IF COHABITING (#1 = 2)}

2. What is your formal marital status? That is, are you widowed,

divorced, separated, or have you never been married?

Widowed ..............................................3

Divorced or annulled ................................4

Separated, because you and your spouse are

not getting along ..................................5

Never been married ...................................6

Protocol Name from Source:

National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), 2011-2013, Section A: Marital/Cohabiting Status

Availability:

Publicly available

Personnel and Training Required

The interviewer must be trained to conduct personal interviews with individuals from the general population. The interviewer must be trained and found to be competent (i.e., tested by an expert) at the completion of personal interviews.* The interviewer should be trained to prompt respondents further if a "don’t know" response is provided.

* There are multiple modes to administer this question (e.g., paper-and-pencil and computer-assisted interviews).

Equipment Needs

While the source instrument was developed to be administered by computer, the PhenX Working Group acknowledges these questions can be administered in a noncomputerized format (i.e., paper-and-pencil instrument). Computer software is necessary to develop computer-assisted instruments. The interviewer will require a laptop computer/handheld computer to administer a computer-assisted questionnaire.

Requirements
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Interviewer-administered questionnaire

Life Stage:

Adult

Participants:

Individuals aged 18 and older.

Specific Instructions:

None

Selection Rationale

Marital status relates to health and well-being. For example, when considering the relationship between exposures and stage of disease as the outcome for melanoma, we should consider marital status because married men are more likely than unmarried men to have their melanomas discovered at an early stage (by their spouses). Vetted against several other current marital status questions. The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) was selected because it captures both marital and cohabiting status.

Language

English, Spanish

Standards
StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE) Person Marital Status Category 2188083 CDE Browser
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Current marital status proto 63054-1 LOINC
Derived Variables

None

Process and Review

The Expert Review Panel #2 (ERP 2) reviewed the measures in the Demographics, Social Environments, and Environmental Exposures domains.

Guidance from ERP 2 includes:

• Replaced protocol

• New Data Dictionary

Back-compatible: there are changes to the Data Dictionary, previous version of the Data Dictionary and Variable mapping in Toolkit archive (link)

Source

National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), 2011–2013, Section A: Marital/Cohabiting Status, Question number: AB-0, AB-1, AB-2, corresponding to the introduction, 1, and 2 of this protocol.

National Center for Health Statistics. (N.d.). National Survey of Family Growth, 2011–2013. Hyattsville, MD: Author.

General References

Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G) Data Shaper.

Protocol ID:

10902

Variables:
Export Variables
Variable NameVariable IDVariable DescriptionVersiondbGaP Mapping
PX010901_Current_Marital_Status PX010901010000 Are you now married, widowed, divorced, separated, never married or living with a partner? 4 Variable Mapping
Research Domain Information
Measure Name:

Current Marital Status

Release Date:

May 11, 2016

Definition

Question asking the respondent for his or her current marital status.

Purpose

Marital status has been linked to health and mortality.

Keywords

Demographics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, cohabiting, marriage, spouse, partner, married, National Survey of Family Growth, NSFG