Last updated
27 Feb 2022

How are the members of this household related to each other?

How do I answer this question?

Select an option to show the relationship of all the members of the household to each other. Include members of the household who might be completing an individual questionnaire.

I live with housemates, flatmates or lodgers. How do I answer?

If people who usually live here are unrelated, select the 'Unrelated (including foster child)' option for them.

I live with other people but we are not related. How do I answer?

If people who usually live here are unrelated, select the 'Unrelated (including foster child)' option for them.

Living with in-laws

If you are living with an in-law, select the 'Other relation (including in-laws)' option for them.

Adopted children

If you are the parents of adopted children, select the 'Son or daughter' option for them. Other relationships between adopted children and other members of the household should be treated in a similar way.

Foster children

If you have foster children living with you, who are otherwise unrelated to you, select the 'Unrelated (including foster child)' option for them.

Half-brothers and half-sisters

Select the 'Brother or sister' option for half-brothers and half-sisters.

What is the difference between having a civil partner and a partner?

Civil partner is a legal term used to describe someone who is in a registered civil partnership. A civil partnership is a legal registered relationship between two people. It enables couples to get legal recognition of their relationship. It also gives them similar rights and responsibilities to a marriage.

Partner is used to describe people who live together as a couple but are not married to each other and not in a civil partnership with each other.

Why is this question asked?

Answers to this question provide information about households and the types of families who live in Scotland.

For example, how many families there are and how family size has changed over time. This information will be used to:

  • allocate resources, for example, to local services that support social care
  • design public services
  • plan social and commercial housing development
  • support policy development
  • allocate support services for elderly people

Who should answer this question?

The householder or joint householder should answer this question.

How do I answer this question on paper?

Include everyone that you listed in question H3. Use the same order you used in H3. Follow the instructions on the questionnaire.

I am answering on paper. What if no-one lives here?

If no-one usually lives at this address, you do not need to answer this question. Move on to answer questions H7 to H11. Follow the instructions on the questionnaire.

I am answering on paper. I live alone, do I need to answer this question?

You do not need to answer this question if you live alone. Move on to answer the next question.

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