The Collection of Survey Data on Household Structures

  • Jenny de Jong Gierveld
Part of the The Plenum Series on Demographic Methods and Population Analysis book series (PSDE)


Nowadays, survey research is one of the main tools for investigating characteristics of the size and composition of households. Some of the methodological aspects of surveys are dealt with, such as the definitions and operationalizations of key household concepts, the possibilities for using complex routing procedures, and the choice between cross-sectional surveys using retrospective questions and panel designs to collect dynamic household data. Two Dutch examples of recent survey research into households are presented and compared on the possibilities to observe ‘new’, still infrequent types of living arrangements: Living Apart Together (LAT) relationships among the elderly.


Living Arrangement Household Type Household Structure Reference Person Consensual Union 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jenny de Jong Gierveld
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  1. 1.Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)The HagueThe Netherlands

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