Study Description

National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), Wave 2 (1992-1994)

CATALOG NUMBER: QP-009-002-2-1-United States-DISC-1992

TITLE: National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), Wave 2 (1992-1994)

Bibliographic Citation: Bumpass, Larry L., and James A. Sweet. National Survey of Families and Households: Wave 2 (1992-1994). [machine-readable data file]. Madison, WI: Center for Deomography and Ecology. University of Wisconsin-Madison [producer]. 1994. Madison, WI: Data and Information Services Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison [distributor], 2015. <>; ().

ORIGINATING ORGANIZATION: Center for Deomography and Ecology. University of Wisconsin-Madison

DISC SOURCE: Professor Larry Bumpass, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


UNIVERSE TO WHICH DATA PERTAIN: Noninstitutionalized population aged 19 and older or married in the contiguous United States.

SAMPLE DESCRIPTION: The main NSFH sample was a national, multi-stage area probability sample containing about 17,000 housing units drawn from 100 sampling areas in the 48 contiguous states in the U.S. Wave one had 13,017 respondents. The sample included a main cross-section sample of 9,643 households. The oversample of blacks, Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, single-parent families and families with stepchildren, cohabiting couples and recently married was accomplished by doubling the number of households selected within the 100 sampling areas. See details on sampling in Appendix L: National Survey of Families and Households: A Sampling Report in wave 1 codebook.

NUMBER OF DATA UNITS: 8 data files

TYPE OF FILE: Numerical

MODE OF STORAGE: online; logical record in ASCII format

REFERENCE MATERIALS:codebook, methdology report, questionnaire, skipmaps, record layout, SAS and SPSS statement files.

PUBLICATIONS:ICPSR has a comprehensive list of publications used NSFH data at this link.

CONDITION OF DATA: As obtained from NSFH study website

ABSTRACT OF CONTENT: NSFH wave 2 interviews included personal interviews with the original respondents (N=10,007), and personal interviews with the current spouse or cohabiting partners. Spouse/partner (N=5624) interviews were almost identical to the interview with the main respondent. Personal interviews were conducted with NSFH1 spouses or partners for relationships that had ended (N=789). Separate telephone interviews were conducted with "focal children" who were ages 13-18 at the first wave and 18-23 at the second (N=1090). A shorter telephone interview was conducted with "focal children" who were originally ages 5-12 and 10-17 at NSFH2 (N=1415). Young focal child interviews have somewhat different content for the two age ranges. Short proxy interviews were conducted with a spouse or other relative in cases where the original respondent had died or was too ill to interview (N=802). Telephone interviews were conducted with parents-one randomly selected parent per respondent (N=3348). Wave 2 data combined with wave 1 data allow researchers to study union formation and dissolution with the implications of cohabitation. Attitudes and behaviors from both male and female respondents provide a detailed picture on the transition from cohabitation to marriage, factors and effects of nonmarital childbearing among cohabitated couples, and differences on union stability.


DESCRIPTORS: adoption, child custody, child support, divorce, education, experience, families, family life, family relationships, family structure, fertility, financial assets, household composition, income, job history, life events, life history, living arrangements, marital relationships, parental attitudes, psychological wellbeing, social contact, stepfamilies, wages and salaries