Multiple ethnic groups in household

Mnemonic reference (code): MEIGHS11

Type: Derived variable

Definition: 'Multiple ethnic groups' classifies households by the diversity in ethnic group of household members in different relationships - for example, different ethnic groups between generations or within partnerships. The ethnic group of each household member is coded according to the 19 categories of the level 3 Ethnic Group hierarchy  (Excel 279 Kb download) and then compared to obtain the classification below.

Applicability: Household


Code Name
1 One person household
2 All household members have the same ethnic group
3 Different identities between the generations only
4 Different identities between generations and within partnerships
5 Any other combination of multiple ethnic identities
X No code required

Total number of categories: 6

Not applicable category (X) comprises: Household spaces with no usual residents.

Source variables MEIGHS11 is derived from:

ETHNIC19_S (Derived variable)

FAMSER (Derived variable)

FT1 (Derived variable)

GENINFAM (Derived variable)

SIZHUK11 (Derived variable)

TERMIND (Primary variable)

Known quality issues

This variable relies on relationship data, which include some known quality issues. These are summarised on the Data Quality Issues Page.


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