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Family Wellbeing Indicators Report

This report details how family- and household-level wellbeing indicators can be constructed from data obtained from the 1981 to 2001 New Zealand Censuses of Population and Dwellings.

Recently, there has been a resurgence in the use of social indicators to describe and monitor the living conditions of New Zealanders. There has also been increased interest in the form and functioning of families, acknowledging the fundamental influence they have on our lives.

Despite this, no studies on wellbeing have used the family or household as the central unit of measurement. The rationale for this research was to provide a way of addressing this gap in our knowledge. An associated aim of this report was to explore the feasibility and utility of using census data to investigate research questions. This required a unique time series examination of key census variables.

Detailed information on the definition, construction and comparability of variables from 1981 through to 2001 will be provided. The strengths, weaknesses and limitations of using these variables is also discussed. In so doing, a large amount of census metadata is explored. This report will therefore be a useful resource for other researchers interested in using census data, for both cross-sectional and time series analysis.

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