Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: QP-009-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1987

Subject Area: Family Planning and Fertility

Bibliographic Citation: National survey of families and households (NSFH), 1987-1988.  [machine-readable data file] / Sweet, James A.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 6041

Date Accessioned: 7/1/1994

Number of Files Received: 1

Comments: Visit National survey of families and households web site for more information. Data are downloadable from ICPSR as study 6041. DPLS has not obtained any files from this study.

Access Status: Unrestricted

Date Ordered: 7/1/1994

Documentation: 4 volumes hardcopy, one is a duplicate copy of the codebook.

Abstract: This collection 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. One adult, the primary respondent, was chosen from each of 13,017 households in the study. In addition to the main interview conducted with the primary respondent, a shorter, self-administered questionnaire was given to the spouse or cohabitating partner. Data were gathered on the composition of families 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.

SOURCE: personal interviews and self-enumerated questionnaires

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

SAMPLE: National, stratified, multistage area probability sample based on 1985 population projections for Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas and nonmetropolitan counties. Minorities (Blacks, Puerto Ricans, and Chicanos), single parents, persons with stepchildren, cohabiting persons, and persons who were recently married were double-sampled.

NOTE: Two percent of the interviews were conducted in Spanish.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text) + SAS data definition statements + SPSS data definition statements + data collection instrument.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL with SAS and SPSS data definition statements

TIME PERIOD: March 1987-May 1988

DATE OF COLLECTION: March 1987-May 1988

FUNDING AGENCY: United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Center for Population Research.





Sweet, James. ''Differentials in Secondary Respondent Response Rates.'' Working Paper NSFH-7. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, Center for Demography and Ecology, 1989. Sweet, James. ''Differentials in the Precision of Reporting of Dates of Marital and Cohabitation Events in the National Survey of Families and Households.'' Working Paper NSFH-20. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, Center for Demography and Ecology, 1990. Sweet, James. ''Differentials in the Length of the NSFH Interview.'' Working Paper NSFH-21. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, Center for Demography and Ecology, 1990.

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