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Parent 2 line number (self-reported)


0 = No parent 2 present in household.


PELNPAR2 is a variable that indicates whether the person's second parent lived in the same household and, if so, gives the line number (LINENO) of that parent. PELNPAR2 is always the father when the father is present. The second parent will be female when parents are same sex. PELNPAR2 makes it easy for researchers to link the characteristics of parents and children and is particularly useful for studying cohabiting families.

Beginning with the 2019 ASEC, parents were no longer referred to as mothers and fathers, but by the gender-neutral term "parent" to accommodate families that include same-sex couples. The line number of the first parent is identified in PELNPAR1. Whether parents are biological, step, or adoptive parents is reported in PEPAR1TYP and PEPAR2TYP. These changes were extended to the Basic Monthly Surveys in January of 2020.

From 2007-2018, respondents have been asked whether each household member resides with his or her father and mother. If they responded yes, the interviewer recorded the father's and mother's line number (PELNDAD and PELNMOM). In addition, respondents reported whether the father is a biological, step, or adoptive parent (PEDADTYP). The same information for the mother is available in PEMOMTYP. Respondents also identified spouses (ASPOUSE), and cohabiting partners (PECOHAB).

IPUMS CPS also constructs a separate set of family interrelationship variables.


This variable is comparable across time.

Comparability with IPUMS-USA

No self-reported family relationship variables are available in IPUMS-USA.


  • All persons.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2019 - - X - - - - - - - - - -
2020 – 2023 X X X X X X X X X X X X X
2024 X X - X X X - - - - - - -



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