Familial Responses to Financial Instability, How the Family Responds to Economic Pressure: A Comparative Study, 2009 [United States] (ICPSR 26541)

Published: May 20, 2010

Principal Investigator(s):
National Center for Family and Marriage Research; Frank F. Furstenberg, University of Pennsylvania; Anne H. Gauthier, University of Calgary; Shelley Pacholok, University of British Columbia



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This study focused on how families respond to financial instability and economic pressure. A survey of over 1,000 adults aged 18 years and older who have a child younger than 18 years at home was conducted by Knowledge Networks on behalf of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research. The survey was completed by 1,169 respondents out of 1,855 cases (63 percent response rate). In addition to the main survey, respondents were also administered a one-question survey about insurance. Along with the survey variables from the main and the one-question surveys, Knowledge Networks' standard profile, and a series of data processing variables created by Knowledge Networks are included in the data file for the eligible cases (n = 1,169). Measures included variables regarding income, financial stability, borrowing money, main expenditures, and health care coverage.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


2009-08-07 -- 2009-09-22

This research is supported by the National Center for Family and Marriage Research, which is funded by a cooperative agreement, grant number 5 U01 AE000001-03, between the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Bowling Green State University.

Study design is described in the study documentation.

The sampling description is provided in the study documentation.


survey data

85.8 percent



2010-05-20 PI requested a minor revision to the study title.

2010-05-04 ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Weighting is described in the study documentation.


  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.

  • The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented.
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This study was originally processed, archived, and disseminated by Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR), a project funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).