National Survey of Children's Health, 2003 (ICPSR 4691)

Alternate Title:   NSCH, 2003

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics


The National Survey of Children's Health, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), is a module of the State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS) that is conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The survey was conducted to assess how well each state, and the nation as a whole, met MCHB's strategic plan goals and national performance measures. These goals include providing national leadership for maternal and child health, promoting an environment that supports maternal and child health, eliminating health barriers and disparities, improving the health infrastructure and systems of care, assuring quality care, working with states and communities to plan and implement policies and programs to improve the social, emotional, and physical environment, and acquiring the best available evidence to develop and promote guidelines and practices to assure a social, emotional, and physical environment that supports the health and well-being of women and children.

The National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) was designed to produce national- and state-specific prevalence estimates for a variety of physical, emotional, and behavioral health indicators and measures of children's experiences with the health care system. Respondents were asked an extensive battery of questions about the family, including parental health, stress and coping behaviors, family activities, and parental concerns about their children, as well as their perceptions of the child's neighborhood.

Demographic information includes race, gender, family income, and education level.

Series: National Survey of Children's Health Series

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  • 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.


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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Survey of Children's Health, 2003. ICPSR04691-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2007-05-24.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration. Maternal and Child Health Bureau

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    child health, health care access, needs assessment, children, adolescents, mental health, emotional states, stress, child development, everyday life, social behavior, family structure, health insurance, neighborhood conditions, welfare services

Smallest Geographic Unit:    state

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2003

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-01-29--2004-07-1

Unit of Observation:    Children under the age of 18.

Universe:    Noninstitutionalized children aged 0 to 17 living in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The National Survey of Children's Health is a module of the State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey Program (SLAITS). SLAITS uses the sampling frame of the National Immunization Survey (NIS), which is conducted jointly by NCHS and the CDC's National Immunization Program.


Sample:    There were 102,353 children, selected through a random-digit-dial sample of households with children under 18 years of age, who were selected from each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia. One child was randomly selected from all children in each identified household to be the subject of the survey. The respondent was the parent or guardian who knew the most about the child's health and health care.

Weight:    A weight variable (WEIGHT_I) is included in the file and should be used for all analyses. The sampling weight is composed of a base sampling weight, an adjustment for multiple telephone lines within a household, and various adjustments for nonresponse. The final, adjusted weight is poststratified so that the sum of the weights for each state equals the number of children in the state, as determined from the July 2003 United States Census Bureau estimates and the 5% Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files from Census 2000. A detailed technical description of the procedures used to create this sample weight is included in Appendix I in the user guide.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)

Response Rates:    The weighted overall response rate was 55.3 percent.

Extent of Processing:   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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-05-24

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