National Survey of Families and Households, Wave 3: 2001-2003 (ICPSR 171)
The National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) is a longitudinal population-based survey series that seeks to examine the causes and consequences of change in American family and household structures. NSFH Wave 3 was conducted in 2001-2003 and represents the third follow-up survey. The Wave 3 sample included interviews with all NSFH Wave 1 main respondents and spouse/partner with a focal child eligible for the NSFH Wave 2 interviews, interviews with these focal children (now aged 18-34), and interviews with all other NSFH Wave 1 main respondents aged 45 and over in the year 2000, as well as their NSFH Wave 1 spouse/partner.
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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).
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Bumpass, Larry L., and James A. Sweet. National Survey of Families and Households, Wave 3: 2001-2003. ICPSR00171-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2018-06-06. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00171.v3
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR00171.v3
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (HD21009)
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (AG10266, AG045503, AG017266)
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: adoption, child custody, child support, divorce, education, experience, families, family life, family structure, fertility, household composition, income, job history, life events, living arrangements, parental attitudes, psychological wellbeing
Geographic Coverage: United States
Users of the NSFH data should consult the NSFH website to check for periodic updates of the data. The website also offers a bibliography, working papers, and other information about NSFH.
Study Purpose: This study has been undertaken explicitly to provide a data resource for the research community at large and was designed with advice from a large number of consultants and correspondents. The substantive coverage has been kept broad to permit the holistic analysis of family experience from an array of theoretical perspectives.
Sample: Only a subset of the wave 1 sample was selected to re-interview due to budgetary constraints; parents of young adult children and respondents in mid-to-later life. The parent sample was comprised of main respondents with an eligible focal child. Focal children were eligible for a wave 3 interview if they were at least 3 years of age at wave 1 and had been eligible for a wave 2 interview (at least 10 years of age at time 2). All focal children were 18-34 years of age when interviewed at wave 3. The mid-to-later life sample was comprised of main respondents who did not have eligible focal children but who were 45 years and older at wave 3. The wave 3 sample did not include new spouses or partners currently living with the main respondent if different from the time 1 spouse or partner. Parents of the main respondents were also not selected for the sample. The total sample size was 18,554.
Weight: The data are not weighted. The Wave 3 data do not contain sample weights due to the non-random selection method used for this wave. For additional information on the Wave 3 inclusion criteria, please see the Field Report.
personal interviews and self-enumerated questionnaires
Original ICPSR Release: 2006-02-20
- 2018-06-06 The codebooks in this collection were edited to include the correct hyperlink for the NSFH study website.
- 2018-05-24 This collection has been fully curated to include ASCII, R, tab-delimited, SPSS, SAS, and Stata data files, as well as PDF versions of the study documentation.
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