The CSSE pre-scheme custodial parent and control samples: Characteristics of respondents, response rates and biases

Child Support Scheme Evaluation Study Report No 5


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Research report

May 1989

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The first paper in this series sets out the background to the current evaluation and defined target groups for the mail interview part of the study (Snider, 1988: 23-24). This paper describes in more detail the sampling methodology employed for the pre-scheme custodial parent and control samples, assesses response rates and through a description of respondent characteristics examines sampling and response bias and representativeness.

This report is based on data from the Australian Institute of Family Studies' Economic Consequences of Marriage Breakdown (ECMB) Study and the Parents and Children After Marriage Breakdown (PCMB) Study. The ECMB and PCMB studies are part of the Institute's Australian Family Reformation Project." 


  • List of Figures and Tables
  • Introduction
  • Sampling
    • Use of Family Allowance Records
    • Stratification
    • Use of a Mail Questionnaire
    • The Sample
  • Weighting
  • Description of the Sample
  • Comparison with the Population
    • Eligibility for Registration
    • Comparison of the Sample with the Population
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix I, Weighting Factors Employed with Pre-Scheme Custodial Parent and Control Samples