Characteristics and Dynamics of Homeless Families with Children. Study Design and Structure Likely to Exclude Recent Homeless Families or Residentially Unstable Families


The MEPS was not considered a good candidate for enhancement because it uses a sample design that appears to make it more difficult to include recently homeless families as well as families that are currently at risk of being homeless. While most of the longitudinal studies use some sort of national area probability sample to select their respondents, the MEPS sample is selected from households identified through the NIS, which in turn identifies families using RDD. As previously discussed, it is expected that the use of RDD to identify study participants will further reduce the likelihood of a study including currently homeless people or families, and those who have been recently homeless or who are residentially unstable.

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