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.
For all children less than 15 years old, we want to know if either of their own natural parents lives in the household. For all household members over age 15, these columns will be left blank. By 'natural' we mean the biological parent.
Record whether or not the child's natural mother is alive by circling 1 or 2 in Column 10. Make sure the respondent understands that you are asking about the woman who gave birth to that child. If the respondent does not know if the natural mother is still alive, circle 9 for "doesn't know". If the child's mother lives in the household, circle 1 in Column 11. Her line number should be recorded in Column 6 or 7. Check that this information is correctly entered.
Go on to Q. 12 and ask the same questions about the child's natural father.