Characteristics and Dynamics of Homeless Families with Children. Family Data Not Collected


Two studies, the National Health and Nutrition Exam (NHANES) and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), were dropped from consideration because both collect data mainly on a specific individual rather than a family or household. This is a particularly unfortunate feature, since the NSDUH annually collects data on a large number of people (more than 70,000), with samples designed to provide valid estimates at the state level and using a sample frame that includes group quarters. Furthermore, the NSDUH collects information on a number of domains that might be useful to examine in relationship to both prior homelessness and the risk of homelessness, including illicit drug use, alcohol use, mental health status, and mental health treatment.

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