Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH)


National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH)
Name: National Survey of Families and Households
Funder(s): Wave I: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Center for Population ResearchWave II and Wave III: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) & National Institute on Aging
General Description: The NSFH was developed to gain more information on the causes and consequences of the changes in American family and household structure.
Design (cross-sectional vs. longitudinal; periodicity; mode of administration): Longitudinal. Wave I data collection took place from 1987 to 1988. In Wave I, information about the primary respondent for each family was collected using a combination of personal interviews and self-administered questionnaires. A shorter self-administered questionnaire was also given to the primary respondent's spouse/partner. In addition, basic socio-demographic information was collected for all household members, including the primary respondents' children at both Waves I and II. The Wave II, Five-Year Follow-Up was conducted from 1992 to 1994. In Wave II, personal interviews were conducted with the original respondent and his or her partner. In Wave III, data were collected from original respondents with children who are young adults (ages 18 to 33). Release of Wave III data is expected early in 2004.
Population: The NSFH is representative of noninstitutionalized adults ages 19 and older in the U.S. who could be interviewed in either English or Spanish. Persons under the age of 19 were ineligible to be interviewed unless they were currently married or no one in the household was over age 19.
Sample Selection and Description: Wave I consisted of a nationally representative sample of 13,007 primary respondents, representing 9,637 households. The survey over-sampled minorities, single-parent families, parents with step-children, cohabiting persons and recently married persons. The sample size for Wave II was 10,008.
Age of Respondent: Primary respondent was 19 years old or older, cohabiter/spouse age was not limited.
Age of Child: 0 to 24 years old
Indicators: Families with grandparents who live nearby

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