Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: QP-009-002-1-1-USA-ICPSR-1987

Subject Area: Family Planning and Fertility

Bibliographic Citation: National survey of families and households (NSFH): wave I, 1987-1988, and wave II, 1992-1994.  [machine-readable data file] / Bumpass, Larry L.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6906

Date Accessioned: 11/1/1997

Number of Files Received: 16

Comments: Visit National survey of families and households web site for more information. Data and document files are stored under directory /S6906 on a CD-ROM. Please read S6906lst.txt in the same directory for more information about the data files. SPSSX prgrom files for wave 1 and wave 2 are available from the Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska. These SPSSX files have been downloaded and stored on DP7334 and DP7335.

Access Status: Unrestricted

Date Ordered: 11/1/1997

Documentation: Machine-readable documentation downloadable from the ICPSR Web Site. Copies of the Main, Parent, Focal Child, Self-Enumerated, and Spouse/Partner interview.

Abstract: The National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) provides data on the family experience in the United States. At a time when the range of family structures is becoming more and more diverse, this study permits a close examination of the resulting family compositions and household operations. Data were gathered on the composition of families, family background, and on the relationship of household members to each other, including marriage, separation, and divorce histories, adoption, child custody arrangements, and stepfamily relations. Respondents were also asked about the quality of their relationships with their parents, children, and in-laws. Information on economic well-being is also provided, including earnings from wages, self-employment income, interest, dividends, investments, pensions, Social Security, public assistance, and child support/alimony. Demographic variables include sex, age, and marital status. For Wave I of the NSFH, which was conducted from March 1987 through May 1988, one adult, the primary respondent, was chosen from each of the households in the sample. In addition to the main interview conducted with the primary respondent, a shorter, self-administered questionnaire was given to the spouse or cohabiting partner of the primary respondent. The NSFH Wave I sample was reinterviewed for the second wave of the survey, which was conducted from 1992 through August of 1994. The Wave II survey included the following components: (1) an interview of all surviving members of the original sample via face-to-face personal interview, (2) a personal interview with the current spouse or cohabiting partner almost identical to the interview with the main respondent, (3) a personal interview with the original spouse or partner of the primary respondent in cases where this relationship had ended, (4) a telephone interview with ''focal children'' who were originally aged 13-18 in Wave I, (5) a short telephone interview with ''focal children'' who were originally aged 5-12 in Wave I, (6) short proxy interviews with a surviving spouse or other relative in cases where the original respondent had died or was too ill to interview, and (7) a telephone interview with a randomly-selected parent of the main respondent. Part 1 of this collection contains Wave I data, and Parts 2-16 provide data for Wave II.

Media/File Reports:

7334 (CD-ROM)
7335 (CD-ROM)