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Correction of Bias in the Index of Family Belonging and Rejection

The Index of Family Belonging and Rejection is conceptually the number of 17-year-olds (children on the cusp of adulthood) who have never experienced the break-up of their biological parents. That is, the biological parents of these children have remained together to rear their children. The household, in this sense, is intact.

A precise and accurate value of the Index is difficult to obtain. This work, with the aid of a survey which tracks biological relationships to both parents, quantifies the largest systematic errors in the uncorrected Index. The survey it exploits is smaller in size, so its findings will be less precise than those of the uncorrected Index, which employs the ACS.


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