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Study Report

Study Number: QN-010-002-1-1-United States-SSA-1991

Subject Area: Family and Child in Society

Bibliographic Citation: Social Security new beneficiary followup, 1991.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Social Security Administration. Office of Research and Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Baltimore: Social Security Administration  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 12/27/1994

Number of Files Received: 7

Comments: As received. Paid for by Karen Holden. NOTE: The Social Security Administration has made an ASCII format file of longitudinal imputations for the 1982 and 1991 NBF at URL: See the PDR for memo explaining the file.

Access Status: Unlimited access

Date Ordered: 11/15/1994

Documentation: As received: WordPerfect documentation files for codebook, user manual, interviewer instructions and main questionnaire on two floppy disks. Codebook, Questionnaire and User Manual printed: 4 volumes hard copy.11/95 an error notice was received from PI see PDR folder for details.

Abstract: The 1991 New [Social Security] Beneficiary Followup (NBF) is the second wave of the Social Security Administration's NEW [SOCIAL SECURITY] BENEFICIARY SURVEY, 1982: [UNITED STATES] (NBS) (ICPSR 8510). Together, the two surveys are referred to as the New Beneficiary Data System (NBDS). The NBDS contains information on the changing circumstances of aged and disabled Title II beneficiaries. This wave includes information from administrative records as well as data from followup interviews with survivors from the original survey. The NBS was conducted in late 1982 with a sample representing nearly 2 million persons who had begun receiving Social Security benefits during a 12-month period in 1980-1981. Personal interviews were completed with three types of beneficiaries: 9,103 retired workers, 5,172 disabled workers, and 2,417 wife or widow beneficiaries. In addition, interviews were obtained from 1,444 aged persons who were entitled to Medicare benefits but were not receiving Social Security payments because of high earnings. The NBS interviews covered a wide range of topics, including demographic characteristics of the respondent, spouse, and any other persons in the household, as well as marital and childbearing history, employment history, current income and assets, and health. Selected data were also gathered from spouses and added from administrative records. The NBF followup interviews were conducted throughout 1991 with surviving original sample persons from the NBS and surviving spouses of NBS decedents. The NBF updated information on economic circumstances obtained in the NBS, and added or expanded sections dealing with health, family contacts, and post-retirement employment. The interviews also probed major changes in living circumstances that might cause changes in economic status (for example, death of a spouse, episodes of hospitalization, and changes of residence). In addition, disabled workers were asked about their efforts to return to work, experiences with rehabilitation services, and knowledge of Social Security work incentive provisions. Since the 1982 survey, selected information on the NBS respondents has been compiled periodically from Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Medicare records. These administrative data, which can be linked to the survey data, make it possible to analyze changes in NBS respondents' covered earnings, cash benefits, participation in the SSI program, and health expenses.

Media/File Reports:

7211 (CD-ROM)
7214 (CD-ROM)
7215 (CD-ROM)
7402 (CD-Rom)
7403 (CD-Rom)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)