It appears as if the biological/adopted children of unmarried partners have, for the most part, been unlinked in the ACS data. This means that momloc/poploc wouldn’t work to establish relationships. For example, in a household with unmarried partners, three kids could be related to the household head – one listed as a child and the other two as stepchildren, yet the stepchildren are not linked in any way to the unmarried partner. It also isn’t possible to determine with momloc/poploc if the child is the biological child of the unmarried partner.
Any thoughts on how to get around this? In the analysis I’m working on, I need to group families with unmarried partners together if they have a child in common, but I need to separate the partners (and their kids) if they do not have a biological/adopted child in common.
With the CPS data I can get around this by using the pedadtyp and pemomtyp variables, but I would prefer to use ACS in order to look at sub-state geographies. Anyway to identify these relationships in the ACS data?