Man married to 1 spouse or woman married to 1 man having 1 spouse
Man married to 2 women or woman married to 1 man having 2 spouses
Man married to 3 women or woman married to 1 man having 3 spouses
Man married to 4 women or woman married to 1 man having 4 spouses
Man married to 5 or more women or woman married to 1 man having 5 or more wives
Warning: these figures indicate the number of cases found in the data file. They cannot be interpreted as summary statistics of the population of interest.
8. Marital status
N.B. The question on marital status is only asked to men over the age of 15 and women over the age of 12.
Marital status is defined by the existence or not of a marital relationship between two people of opposite sex. Considering laws and customs in effect, we distinguish:
Single: all people who have never been married are considered single.
Married: all people joined by law, tradition, or religion to another person of opposite sex are considered married.
Separated: all people who were left by or separated from their spouse, legally or not, but for whom the divorce hasn't been declared are considered separated; nevertheless, a polygamous man separated from one of his spouses remains married.
Divorced: all people who broke all ties (legally or traditional) which joined them to a spouse and who did not remarry are considered divorced, nevertheless, a polygamist who divorced one of his wives remains married.
Widow: All people whose spouse is deceased, and who did not remarry are considered widows, nevertheless, a polygamist with a spouse who died remains married.
Cohabitation: all people who cohabitate with a person of the opposite sex without a civil, traditional, or religious marriage
The codes of the terms of the marital status variable are:
0 = single
1 = man married to 1 spouse or woman married to 1 man having 1 spouse
2 = man married to 2 women or woman married to 1 man having 2 spouses
3 = man married to 3 women or woman married to 1 man having 3 spouses
4 = man married to 4 women or woman married to 1 man having 4 spouses
5 = man married to 5 or more women or woman married to 1 man having 5 or more spouses
6 = cohabitation
7 = separated
8 = divorced
9 = widow
Q. Are you, is _______ married?
-Mark in the proper space the marital status code provided.
This variable indicates a person's marital status. Marital status was asked of men ages 15 and older and women ages 12 and older. Persons under these ages are included in the never-married category.