National Survey of Children: Wave I, 1976, Wave II, 1981, and Wave III, 1987 (ICPSR 8670)

Published: Feb 16, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Nicholas Zill; Frank F. Furstenberg; James Peterson; Kristin Moore

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The purpose of this study was to assess the physical, social, and psychological well-being of American children, to develop a national profile of the way children in the United States live, to permit analysis of the relationships between the conditions of children's lives and measures of child development, and to examine the effects of marital disruption on the development of children and on the operation of single and multi-parent families. Information is provided on the child's well-being, family, experiences with family disruption, behavior, physical health, and mental health.

Zill, Nicholas, Furstenberg, Frank F., Peterson, James, and Moore, Kristin. National Survey of Children: Wave I, 1976, Wave II, 1981, and Wave III, 1987. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health (R1 MH34707A, 523395-1, HD21537, and 11599)

Foundation for Child Development

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

1976 -- 1987

The first file, which contains data from both the 1976 and 1981 surveys, includes several derived variables. The second file, containing only 1976 data, is logical record length data but has 27 records per case. The third file contains original responses from the 1976, 1981, and 1987 waves plus additional created variables. This third wave is logical record length data but has 106 records per case.

Children between the ages of seven and eleven, or born between September 1, 1964 and December 31, 1969, living in households in the 48 contiguous states.

personal interviews, and self-enumerated forms

event/transaction data

survey data




  • 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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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.