New Family Structures Study (ICPSR 34392)

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Mark Regnerus, University of Texas at Austin

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The New Family Structure Study (NFSS) is a comparative, social-science data-collection project, which focused on American young adults (ages 18-39) who were raised in different types of family arrangements with varying household experiences. The sample included respondents that had lived in biologically-intact households, lived with cohabiting parents, adoptive, step, or single parents, with parents who had same-sex relationships, or with parents who remarried after divorce. Respondents were asked about a range of topics, including social behaviors: such as educational attainment and performance, work history, risk-taking, and religiosity; health behaviors: such as substance abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and emotional states (depression, anger, and stress), and relationships: including the quality and stability of romantic relationships, marital history, fertility, sexual orientation, and family connectedness. Additional questions asked whether respondents voted in the 2008 presidential election, how much time they spent on various activities; watching TV, gaming, and on social networking sites, and how many Facebook "friends" they had. Demographic information includes age, education level, race, gender, income, marital status, employment status, and household size.

Regnerus, Mark. New Family Structures Study. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-11-28.

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  1. For additional information on the New Family Structures Study, please visit the New Family Structures Study Web site.

Please refer to the Study Design section under Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR codebook.

Knowledge Networks sampled individuals aged 18 to 39 from its KnowledgePanel, a probability-based web panel designed to be representative of the United States. Among panelists who were no longer on the KnowledgePanel(R), Knowledge Networks sampled those who left the panel between January 2009 and August 2011. For more information on sampling, please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR codebook.


Non-institutionalized adults aged 18 to 39 residing in the United States.


Please refer to Study Design in the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR codebook for information on response rates.



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Regnerus, Mark. New Family Structures Study. ICPSR34392-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2012-11-28.

2012-11-28 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.

Once the sample was selected and fielded, and all the study data collected and made final, a post-stratification process was used to adjust for any survey non-response as well as any non-coverage or under- and over-sampling resulting from the study-specific sample design. Demographic and geographic distributions for the non-institutionalized, civilian population ages 18-39 from the most recent CPS were used as benchmarks in this adjustment. Please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook for additional information regarding weights.