Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. National Survey of America's Families (NSAF)


National Survey of America's Families (NSAF)
Name: National Survey of America's Families
Funder(s): Annie E. Casey Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Ford Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Weingart Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Fund for New Jersey, The Stuart Foundation, the Bulova Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.
General Description: The NSAF is a nationally representative survey that collects information on child, adult and family well-being in America, with a focus on low-income families. The survey asks questions related to economic security, health and health care, child well-being, family environment, as well as other topics.
Design (cross-sectional vs. longitudinal; periodicity; mode of administration): Cross-sectional. The NSAF is a random-digit dial survey conducted via computer-assisted telephone interviewing (CATI). Three rounds of the survey have been collected - 1997, 1999, and 2002.
Population: The NSAF is representative of the noninstitutionalized, civilian population under age 65 in the U.S. and in 13 states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Sample Selection and Description: The sample of random-digit dialed households with telephones was supplemented with a second (area probability) sample of households without telephones. In each year, interviews were obtained from more than 40,000 households, providing information on more than 109,000 persons under age 65. The surveys over-sample families with incomes below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.
Age of Respondent: Adults under 65 years of age
Age of Child: Under 18 years of age
Indicators: Parental religious service attendance

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