Household composition is an important measure for evaluating family functioning and well-being. The information gathered about how many people live with the respondent, and their relationship to the respondent, provides detail on the family structure (nuclear, extended, single), the potential for family stress, and the pooling and sharing of resources among household members.
Collecting information on a respondents children who do not currently live with the respondent is another measure of family well-being. This information can present further evidence of family stress and hardship, both social and financial. States can use the information ggathered from these measures to compare the various barrier measures across family groups, to learn whether significant differences exist.