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Relationship to ATUS respondent

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RELATE reports the relationship of each household member to the ATUS respondent.

In addition to all persons who live in the household, the household roster includes any of the respondent's own children (biological, step, or adopted) under the age of 18 who live in the respondent's household less than 50% of the time.

"Own child" refers to the respondent's biological child, adopted child, or step child.

"Other related person" may include the respondent's an aunt, cousin, nephew, mother-in-law, etc.

Note: Not all non-resident children of the ATUS respondents are under age 18 despite the relationship label.


This variable is comparable from 2003 onward.


  • ATUS respondent household members.


  • 2003-2019