LS variable metadata
Variable: RELTSHIP
Table: ME01
Short description: Relationship. 2001.
Full description: This variable is based on the relationship question which asks the first 5 people in the household to provide information on their relationship with all other members in the household. Persons 6 and over are asked to identify their relationships with Persons 1 and the previous two people only.
Coding notes: The list below gives the codes applicable to each digit in the variable. The value of the nth digit represents the relationship of the LS member to person n in the household. The position occupied by the LS member themself in the household is shown by an X in that position in the RELTSHIP array. The 6th digit and above contain additional Xs where the relationship cannot be determined. (See PERTYP0 for the number of the LS member within the household.)

Coding scheme

1Husband or wife
3Son or daughter
5Brother or sister
6Mother or father
7Step-mother or step-father
AOther related
XNot applicable (relationships that are not asked for, for example relationship of person 8 to person 3)

Notes: During processing the responses to the question are held in a compound field that gives the relationship of that person to all other people in the household. Reciprocal relationships (ie those that are implied by a given relationship) are also held in this field. For example, person 2 is not asked to provide a relationship to person 3, but the relationship can be determined from the relationship to person 2 provided by person 3. The information is used to derive the family variables but is not otherwise used in standard output.
Units of measurement:  
Source: 2001 Census.
Former name of variable:  
Derived: Y
Derivation: Not available
Date range:  
Comparable variables for other individuals:  
Comparable variables for other times:  
Restricted: N
Data type: Text
Length of field: 30