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Spouse or partner present during activity

Codes and Frequencies

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SPPART reports whether the spouse or the partner is present with the respondent during the activity.

Users want greater details about other presence may refer to HHADULT, CLSFAM, WELLKNW, INFANT, CHILD, ANIMAL, WELLKNW, OTHERP,SHOPROF, COWORK, and UNKNWP. The relationship between who variables is documented here.

SPPART is only available if you select a hierarchical extract. If you request a hierarchical extract and plan to construct time use variables in your statistics package, this variable may be useful to you. Alternatively, you may use SPPART to construct a time use variable as part of this system.


SPPART was created differently in some years. Users should take that into account in their analyses. This comparability documentation is adapted from the Oxford Harmonization files.

  • 1965-66, 1975-76: If the respondents said they were with a spouse/fiancĂ© in the "who with" variables, SPPART takes a value of 1.
  • 1998-01: If the respondents report the presence of a spouse only or spouse and child(ren) in the "who with" variables, this variable is coded as 1.
  • 2003-present: If the respondents said they were with a spouse or unmarried partner in the "who with" variable, SPPART is coded as 1.


  • All activities.


  • 1965, 1975, 1998, 2003-2012, 2018


This variable has no flags.