Study Description

National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), Wave 3 (2001-2003)

CATALOG NUMBER: QP-009-003-2-1-United States-DISC-2001

TITLE: National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), Wave 3 (2001-2003)

Bibliographic Citation: Bumpass, Larry L., and James A. Sweet. National Survey of Families and Households: Wave 3 (2001-2003). [machine-readable data file]. Madison, WI: Center for Deomography and Ecology. University of Wisconsin-Madison [producer]. 2003. Madison, WI: Data and Information Services Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison [distributor], 2015. <http://www.disc.wisc.edu/archive/nsfh/index.html>; ( ).

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

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

DATE OF DATA COLLECTED: 2001-2003

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

SAMPLE DESCRIPTION: Due to budget constraint, only a subset of the original sample was interviewed in NSFH wave 3. The subset consists of main respondents 45 and older by January 1, 2001 with no focal children and respondents who have a focal child, wave 1 spouses or partners of main respondents and respondents’ eligible focal children (age 18-34 in wave 3).

NUMBER OF DATA UNITS: 12 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.

ABSTRACT OF CONTENT: Due to budget constraint, only a subset of the original sample was interviewed in NSFH wave 3. The subset consists of main respondents 45 and older by January 1, 2001 with no focal children and respondents who have a focal child, wave 1 spouses or partners of main respondents and respondents’ eligible focal children (age 18-34 in wave 3). For main respondents who were deceased or too ill to be interviewed and who did not have a spouse/partner to be interviewed, proxy interviews were conducted. The instruments for respondents and their spouses/partners were the same. The focal child’s questionnaire was shorter and very similar to that used in the older focal child interview in wave 2. The proxy interview used the same instrument from the wave 2 proxy interview. When all the interviews were completed, information on the 2nd follow-up survey was collected from 4,600 respondents, 2,677 spouses/partners, 1,952 focal children and 924 proxy interviews. Information collected in wave 3 included living arrangements, histories of marriage, cohabitation, education, fertility, employment, marital and parenting relationships, kin contact, and economic and psychological well-being. NSFH was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and National Institute on Aging (NIA). Its three waves of surveys collected a considerable amount of life-history information. It covers the respondent's family living arrangements in childhood, departures and returns to the parental home, and histories of marriage, cohabitation, education, fertility, and employment. Its survey design permits the detailed description of past and current living arrangements and other characteristics and experiences, as well as the analysis of the consequences of earlier patterns on current states, marital and parenting relationships, kin contact, and economic and psychological well-being.  

GEOGRAPHIC COVERAGE: United States

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

CLASSIFICATION: Unrestricted.