Families and the relationship matrix

John Haskey, Office for National Statistics

[Project number 40003]

Overall research aim:

  • To focus on extended families (containing relatives), multi-generational households (children, parents and grandparents) and families including other ungrouped individuals.
  • To analyse non-nuclear families by a variety of census characteristics.
  • To profile families by generation; for example, grandparents in households - their role and lone parents in single or multiple family households.
  • To investigate new forms of supportive networks such as non traditional extended families.
  • To inform 2001 census data analyses in relation to the family.
  • To identify explanatory factors for patterns in family types.

Brief description of study methods:

  • Analyses to include examination of trends in families and non nuclear families over time. To include some profile of characteristics, such as ethnicity, country of birth and religion, to make sense of trends, as well as exploration of patterns in family types including geographic variations, health and caring.
  • Investigation of the special characteristics and differential factors which distinguish extended families and multi-generational households from nuclear families, discovered through general exploration and analysis of 2001 Census.