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Introduction to users of NSFH2 data files (Readme)


CONTENT OF WAVE 3, THE 2001-2002 FOLLOW UP OF THE

NATIONAL SURVEY OF FAMILIES AND HOUSEHOLDS


NEW:  SEPARATE FILES FOR MAIN RESPONDENTS AND SPOUSES, WITH UNIQUE VARIABLE NAMES FOR VARIABLES ON THE SPOUSE FILE

NOTICE (3 May 2005):  WE HAVE RESTORED THE MAIN DATA FILE INCLUDING THE MISSING SPOUSE CASES.  (IF YOU DOWNLOADED THE FILE IN THE PAST 2 WEEKS, YOU SHOULD DISCARD THE FILE AND DOWNLOAD IT AGAIN.  THE FILE WAS MISSING A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF SPOUSE CASES, AND MAY HAVE BEEN CORRUPTED IN OTHER WAYS.) 

Users unfamiliar with NSFH should read NSFH 2 readme file and NSFH Working Paper No 1 (pdf).

Wave 3 Documentation and Outcome Codes
Main Respondent and Spouse
    Data and Codebook (Apr 8, 2005)
    Union History
    Content Overview
Focal Children
    Data and Codebook (Mar 11, 2005)
    Union History
    Content Overview

Wave 3 Documentation and Outcome Codes

We recommend reading the file called Wave 3 Sample.  Because of fiscal constraints, the T3 sample does not include respondents under age 45 unless they had an eligible focal child.  While most analyses will not be affected, users must take into account this sample limitation.

Cohabitation and marriage histories have been combined across all three waves in a union history file.  We advise using the union history file instead of all of the union history items in the main file since they reflect the complex structure of the interview sequences.

At this time the data files are spss system files (.sav).  Follow the "Data file" link to download the main respondent and spouse data and the focal child data.  For all other files, use right click and, depending on your browser, 'save as', 'save target as', or 'save link target as'.  Check back for updates.

We are releasing the data at this time in order to avoid further delay.  We will be proceeding with a number of corrections and variable constructions.  Please let us know (nsfhhelp@ssc.wisc.edu) if you find any errors/anomalies.

IN PROCESS:

Documentation:

Outcome codes:

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Main Respondent and Spouse

Data and Codebook

Respondents and spouses are in the same file (ĎRí and ĎSí cases, variable name 'type') unlike wave 2.

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Union History

You may need to open cbk (codebook) files in Word Pad. 

Union history files (Dec 29, 2004):

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Content Overview

Household Composition

Detailed household composition
Rís children living elsewhere
Names, live how far away, how often R sees them
        If  > 16: martial status, educational status, number of children
        If  < 18: who currently living with
Spouse/partnerís children living elsewhere (other than children already mentioned)
        If  > 16: martial status, educational status, number of children
        If  < 18: who currently living with

Household Tasks

Time spent by R, spouse/partner, others in household over 5 years of age

Goings and Comings of Children

Children on household roster at previous interview and on current household roster
If ever lived away: how many times lived apart, when and why
        If <18: who child lived with
Children on current but not previous household roster
When began living together, why, ever lived apart since that time
Children on household roster at previous interview and current away roster
        If ever away: when began living apart
        If < 18: who lived with, ever lived together since then
Children on away roster at both previous and current interview
        If ever lived with R since that interview: when and why
Spouse/partnerís children on both previous and current roster
        When began living apart
        If < 18: who lived with, ever lived together since then
Spouse/partnerís children on away roster at both times
        If ever lived with R since then: how many times

Health

Long-term physical and mental conditions of household members
        If > 55: activities of daily living

Caregiving and Receiving

R given/received personal care in last 12 months to/from anyone not living with them and to/from anyone living with them (may or may not be living with R at time of interview); most serious condition
     If > 1 person: who gave/received most help

Relationships with Parents

Mother, father, spouse/partnerís mother and father, step-parents
        If living: age or date died, health (not for step), relationship with, marital status, where live
How often see; frequency of communication by phone, letter, or email
Mother, father: ever live with sib, ever in nursing home or long-term care facility

Help and Support Given to and Received From Parents

Help given/received (includes parents-in-law), which parents, how many hours

Parent Health and Well-Being

Hospitalization, help getting around, memory problems, too little income
        If yes: which parents

Co-residence with parent(s)

R in parentís household at previous interview
        If still living w/ parents: anytime not living there
        If not still living w/parents: when stopped living there
R not in parentís household at previous interview but is now
        When started living there

R not living in parentís household now
        Whether lived in parents household since previous interview

Help Given to and Received

Children 19 and older, includes Rís and spouse/partnerís children in household or not
Others (not children or parents)

Respondentís Health and Well-being

Overall happiness
Satisfaction with various aspects of life
Worry about income
Depression and self-efficacy
Alcohol and cigarette use
Height and weight
Positive aspects of psychological well-being

Siblings

How far away they live and frequency of seeing; frequency of communication by phone, letter, or email

Grandparenting

Age, frequency of stay over night; frequency of communication by phone, letter, or email
Ever had primary responsibility for raising grandchildren

Marriage and Cohabitation

Changes in marital status since previous interview
Cohabitation/marriage history; characteristics of partners/new spouses
        If currently cohabiting: characteristics of first partner only
Follow-up questions for up to 3 marriages
Likelihood of getting (re)married
Dating and sex

Recent Marital Disruptions

Questions about end of marriage
Dating
Life now compared to before separation
Contact with in-laws and former spouse
Current relationship with former spouse
Living arrangements

Marriage and Relationships (Unmarried, Not Cohabiting)

Life now compared to if were married
        If have steady girlfriend/boyfriend: satisfaction with relationship
Views about marriage and relationships

Marriage and Relationships  (Currently Cohabiting)

Questions about current relationship
Likelihood of marriage
Satisfaction with relationship
Fairness in relationship
Time spent together
Disagreements and arguments
Life now compared to if separated
Trouble in relationship
Chances of relationship ending
Views about marriage and relationships

Marriage and Relationships (Currently Married)

Satisfaction with relationship
Fairness in relationship
Time spent together
Disagreements and arguments
Life now compared to if separated
Trouble in marriage
Chances of relationship ending

Fertility History (skipped for females 55 and older and non-married men 55 and older)

Biological or adopted children since previous interview
        If yes: number of children, when born, planning status, if ever lived apart

Currently pregnant (skipped for females 45 and older and for married males with wives 55 and older)
        When due, planning status
        Future birth plans
        If had sterilization operation; intend to have more children

Problem Inventory for All Children Age 5-17

(biological, step, adopted or foster, living or not living w/ R, spouse/partnerís children included)
Difficulty or ease in raising
Long-lasting physical condition, mental or emotional problem
Dropped out of school
Repeated a grade, suspended, expelled
In trouble with police
Skipped school
Gotten (someone) pregnant while not married
Seen a therapist for emotional problems

Problem Inventory for Children 18-23

Difficulty or ease in raising
Long-lasting physical condition, mental or emotional problem
Dropped out of school before completing high school
In trouble with police
Gotten (someone) pregnant while not married
Seen a therapist for emotional problems

Relationships w/ Young Adult Focal Children

Time spent together
Open disagreements
Avoid talking about certain topics
Global relationship
How disagreements handled
Relationship quality
How happy with childís schooling, relationships, occupation
How likely to talk with child
How tries to influence child
If child living there: how it works out, pay for room or board, amount
Expenses paid by R

Residential History

Lived anywhere else
If address changed: different addresses/cities or towns (up to 5 different cities)
# of moves

Education and Religion

Religious preference, how often attend services, how religious
Education history
Has R attended school since previous interview
Types of school attended

Military Service and Work History

If under age 45: on active duty since previous interview and when
Work history since previous interview
Pensions and retirement

Current Employment

Whether worked last week
Hours worked, pay (ďmain jobĒ if more than 1 job)
Kind of work, main activities, duties
If older than 60: kind of work doing at age 50
If worked weekends, work unexpectedly
Second job if more than one job

Work Experience in Past Year

Weeks worked last year
        If < 52: weeks unemployed
If not currently employed: earnings, kind of work, main activities at last job
If older than 60: kind of work doing at age 50

Spouse/Partnerís Current Employment

Weeks worked in past year
    If less than 52: weeks unemployed
Hours worked last week; full time/part-time

Income

Income (household members over age 16)
Income from wages and salaries in past 12 months
Other Income Sources in past 12 months
Whether R or others in household receive income from 7 other sources
If received public assistance: years received

Economic Relationship with Relatives Living in Rís Household

If R owns house: does another randomly selected family member work, pay household expense
        Does R pay any of personís expenses
If R lives in household of relatives - does R pay any household expenses

Home purchase

If purchased home since previous interview: when, amount paid

Inheritances

Inheritances since previous interview
From whom, amount

Gifts and loans from/to persons not living with R

Did R (and/or spouse if married) give gift or receive loan from people not living in household in past 12 months
If yes: from or to whom

Assets and Debts

R (and/or spouse if married) mortgage payments, value of savings and investments and debts (amount owed each month)

Family Attitudes, Social Participation and Work

Family related attitudes
How often spend time in various social activities

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Focal Children

Data and Codebook

In a small number of cases there was an erroneous skip in the education sequence.  We are looking into this.

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Union History

You may need to open cbk (codebook) files in Word Pad. 

Union history files (Dec 29, 2004):

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Content Overview

Household Composition

Whether living in a dorm or military barracks
Rís marital status, cohabitation status
If not living in group quarters: name and relationship of members of household

Separations from Biological Parents

Ever separated from bio mother and father before age 18
If yes: how many times, how old, how long, why, where lived

Leaving Parentís Home

If parents not mentioned on current roster): when left first left parentís home, how far away lived, why left
If currently lives with parent: ever lived away, when left, when returned
Other spells of leaving and returning home

Marital History

If ever married: how many times, dates of marriages and separations, characteristics of spouses

Cohabitation History

Dates of cohabitations and separations, characteristics of partners

High School Education

If received High school diploma or G.E.D.: dates received
If still in high school: level
Educational aspiration and grades received in high school

Post-Secondary Education

Types of schools, dates attended each type, grades received
Degrees received and dates
Financial aid received, assistance from family, tuition cost

Dating

Number of dates, dating partners
If steady boy/girl friend, how often see
Satisfaction with relationship with boy/girl friend, views about marriage and living together

Fertility

Biological or adopted children since previous interview
        If yes: number of children, when born, planning status
Ever adopted
        If yes: number and when
Currently pregnant
Future birth plans

Relationship with Mother

How often see; frequency of communication by phone, letter, or email
Disagreements
Arguing and fighting
Global relationship
Feelings about aspects of relationship
How happy with schooling, relationships, occupation
How likely to talk with parent
How tries to influence

Employment Experience

Military service and dates
Dates of work history (when began working when not primarily a student) and periods of unemployment
If currently employed: hours work, occupation, rate of pay
If unemployed: looking for job, occupation at most recent job, rate of pay
If married or cohabiting: spouse/partnerís current employment
Feelings about work

Income

Income from wages, salaries and other sources in past 12 months for R and spouse/partner
Savings, investments, debts
Health Insurance

Household Tasks

Time R and other household members spend on household tasks

Relationship with Father

How often see; frequency of communication by phone, letter, or email
Disagreements
Arguing and fighting
Global relationship
Feelings about aspects of relationship
How happy with schooling, relationships, occupation
How likely to talk with parent
How tries to influence

Happiness with Marital Relationship

Overall relationship quality and satisfaction with spouse
Disagreements
Trouble in marriage, likelihood of separation

Happiness with Cohabiting Relationship

Overall relationship quality and satisfaction with partner
Disagreements
Trouble in relationship, likelihood of separation

Social Integration/ Social Support

Leisure time with friends
Friends and family can talk to

Religion

Religious preference and attendance

Family Attitudes

Health and Well-Being

Life satisfaction
Overall health and health indicators
Depression
Self-Mastery and positive aspects of psychological well-being

Sexual Activity

Age first had intercourse, number partners, frequency in past 30 days

Tobacco Use

Age first smoked, number cigarettes per day in last 30 days

Alcohol Use

Age first drank, days drank in 30 days, number of drinks

Marijuana Use

Age first used, number of times used, when last used

Problem Drinker in Family of Origin

If yes: who

Relationship with Step-parent

Ever lived with step-parent
How often see; frequency of communication by phone, letter, or email
Disagreements
Arguing and fighting
Global relationship
Feelings about aspects of relationship
How happy with schooling, relationships, occupation
How likely to talk with step-parent
How tries to influence

Siblings

Number siblings, how far away live; how often see; frequency of communication by phone, letter, or email

Grandparents

How often see; frequency of communication by phone, letter, or email

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