Updated marital and cohabitation data from Understanding Society

A new edition of the partnership history file is now available to researchers.

The Understanding Society partnership history file, Understanding Society: Marital and Cohabitation Histories, 1991-2018 (SN 8473) contains information about partnership spells reported by adult respondents in all Understanding Society and British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) samples up to Wave 9.

The data file contains information about the start and end dates of all partnerships, i.e., marriages, civil partnerships, cohabitations (living together as a couple) as reported by adult respondents in all Understanding Society and British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) samples.

The updated edition has been created from Understanding Society Waves 1-9 (2009-2018), Harmonised BHPS Waves 1-18 (1991-2009) and BHPS Consolidated Marital, Cohabitation and Fertility Histories (1991-2009).

The updated file can be downloaded from the UK Data Service.