Term: Marital Status

Glossary Definition

Last Updated: 2012-11-05


The relationship status of an individual.

Different sources of data provide different measures of marital status. For example, the Manitoba Health Insurance Registry includes the categories: married, single, and widowed. The 1996 National Population Health Survey (NPHS) includes the categories: now married, common-law, with partner, single, widowed, separated, and divorced. In Heaman et al. (2012), they used the Families First Screening Form and the Registry to identify three categories: married/partnered, lone parent and unknown.

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