Families in comparison: An individual-level comparison of life-course and family reconstructions between population and vital event registers

Niels van den Berg, Ingrid K. van Dijk, Rick J. Mourits, P. Eline Slagboom, Angelique A.P.O. Janssens, Kees Mandemakers

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Sammanfattning

It remains unknown how different types of sources affect the reconstruction of life courses and families in large-scale databases increasingly common in demographic research. Here, we compare family and life-course reconstructions for 495 individuals simultaneously present in two well-known Dutch data sets: LINKS, based on the Zeeland province’s full-population vital event registration data (passive registration), and the Historical Sample of the Netherlands (HSN), based on a national sample of birth certificates, with follow-up of individuals in population registers (active registration). We compare indicators of fertility, marriage, mortality, and occupational status, and conclude that reconstructions in the HSN and LINKS reflect each other well: LINKS provides more complete information on siblings and parents, whereas the HSN provides more complete life-course information. We conclude that life-course and family reconstructions based on linked passive registration of individuals constitute a reliable alternative to reconstructions based on active registration, if case selection is carefully considered.

Originalspråkengelska
Sidor (från-till)91-110
TidskriftPopulation Studies
Volym75
Nummer1
Tidigt onlinedatum2020 feb. 14
DOI
StatusPublished - 2021

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ)

  • Folkhälsovetenskap, global hälsa, socialmedicin och epidemiologi
  • Ekonomisk geografi

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