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National Health Interview Survey, 1987: Adoption Supplement (ICPSR 9342)

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In 1987, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) questionnaire included a special section that queried female respondents aged 20 through 54 about adoption. Their responses to the supplement are recorded in this dataset, along with other information about them derived from the core 1987 questionnaire. The special section on adoption asked if any children had ever been adopted, the number that were adopted, and whether these children currently lived in the household. Additional questions in the supplement inquired about the two most recent adoptions: how the adoptions were arranged, the adoptive mother's relationship to the adopted children before adoption, when and how old the adopted children were when they began living with the adoptive mother, the date of birth of the adopted children, and whether the adopted children were born in the United States. Variables from the core questionnaire include height, weight, age, race, Hispanic origin, type of living quarters, region and metropolitan status of residence, marital status, veteran status, education, family income, health status, industry, occupation, activity limitation status, medical conditions, restricted activity days in the past two weeks, bed days in the past two weeks and past 12 months, time interval since the last doctor visit, and the number of doctor visits and short-stay hospital episodes in the past two months.

Series: National Health Interview Survey Series

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.


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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1987: Adoption Supplement. ICPSR09342-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   adopted children, adoption, chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, health, health care, health problems, illness, place of birth

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1987

Date of Collection:  

  • 1987

Universe:   Civilian noninstitutionalized population residing in the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. The data contain ampersands, dashes, and blanks as legitimate codes. Data from the core questionnaire of the 1987 NHIS have been released as NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1987 (ICPSR 9195). Age distribution (all female): 20-24 (N=4,865), 25-34 (N=10,817), 35-44 (N=9,167), 45-54 (N=6,275).


Sample:   Stratified multistage area probability sample of dwelling units. Blacks were oversampled. Hispanics were oversampled within the subsample selected to be interviewed for the special cancer topics covered by the 1987 NHIS.

Data Source:

personal interviews


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