National Survey of Families and Households, Wave 3: 2001-2003 (ICPSR 171)

Alternate Title:   NSFH, Wave 3

Principal Investigator(s): Bumpass, Larry L., University of Wisconsin-Madison. Center for Demography and Ecology; Sweet, James A., University of Wisconsin-Madison. Center for Demography and Ecology

Summary:

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.

Series: National Survey of Families and Households Series

Access Notes

  • 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.

  • Data Sharing for Demographic Research

    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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DS1:  Main Interview Respondents and Spouses Dataset - Download All Files (213.51 MB) large file
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DS2:  Roster 1 Dataset - Download All Files (40.103 MB)
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DS3:  Roster 2 Dataset - Download All Files (46.461 MB)
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DS4:  Roster 3 Dataset - Download All Files (18.887 MB)
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DS5:  Union History Dataset - Download All Files (23.833 MB)
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DS6:  Main Respondent Marriage History Dataset - Download All Files (22.003 MB)
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DS7:  Focal Children Dataset - Download All Files (55.264 MB)
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DS8:  Focal Children Household Member Roster Dataset - Download All Files (17.269 MB)
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DS9:  Focal Respondent Union History File - Download All Files (16.902 MB)
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DS10:  Focal Respondent Marriage History File - Download All Files (15.852 MB)
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DS11:  Proxy Interview Dataset - Download All Files (15.934 MB)
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DS12:  Status Dataset - Download All Files (22.964 MB)
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Study Description

Citation

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

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Funding

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

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Region

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2001--2003

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001-01-31--2003-06-16

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Non-institutionalized, English or Spanish speaking population aged 19 and older, living in households within the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The first and second waves of NSFH can be accessed by visiting ICPSR 6041 and ICPSR 6906 respectively.

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.

Methodology

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.

Study Design:    The study design is cross-sectional, with several retrospective sequences.

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.

Time Method:    Longitudinal: Panel

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.

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

Data Source:

personal interviews and self-enumerated questionnaires

Response Rates:    57%

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:   2006-02-20

Version History:

  • 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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