Variable HL9 : Mother alive

Type: Discrete
Format: numeric
Width: 1
Decimal(s): 0
Range: 1-9
Valid case(s): 6235 (4122.5)
Invalid: 14240 (13794.2)
Minimum: 1
Maximum: 9

File: hl

De jure household members (usual residents) aged 0-17 (under 18)
Source of information
Head of household or other responsible household member


Value Category
1 Yes
2 No
8 DK
9 Missing
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.

For children age 0-17 years ask HL9-HL12
Literal question
Is (name's) natural mother alive?
Interviewer instructions
For all children under age 18, we want to know whether either of their own (natural) parents is listed in the Household Listing, and their survival status. This information can be used to measure the prevalence of orphanhood and child fostering in the population. For everyone age 18 and older, HL9-12 will be left blank. 


By 'natural' we mean the biological mother. In many cultures, people consider other people's children whom they are raising as their own, especially children of their husband or sisters, etc. You should be certain that the respondent understands that you are asking about the woman who gave birth to the child. 

Record whether or not the child's natural mother is still alive by circling the code corresponding to the response given. If the child's natural mother is not alive or if the respondent does not know, skip to HL11. Otherwise, continue to the question in the next column.
Generated: MAR-03-2008 using the IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit