FACS useful notes
This page contains a selection of the FACS queries sent to the ESDS Longitudinal help desk which may be useful to
other users. Each query has been anonymised and some have been edited.
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These notes cover FACS generally. Further information is available from the study documentation.
Household/family composition related questions
Geographical location related questions
Q - My research concentrates on lone parents and I find a zero response rate on a large number of variables. Why is this? (April 2006)
A - It is likely that you are inadvertently using the partner response variables. In FACS the first letter of the variable represents the wave (e.g ‘c’ corresponds to Wave 3) and if the second letter is ‘p’ this signifies that it is a partner response. Note, however, that whilst all partner variables take the form wp (where ‘w’ represents wave and ‘p’ represents partner), not all variables starting wp are partner variables. For example, wPARENT is the number of parents of the respondent in the household. By looking at only lone parents there would be no corresponding partner response.
Q - Is there a specific variable to identify which region the respondent is from? (December 2007)
A - The region variable takes the form wGOR (where ‘w’ represents the wave). In wave 1 the variable would be aGOR, in wave 2 it would be bGOR, and so on.