Dataset: National Survey of Families and Households, Wave 1 (1987-1988)

Abstract

The national (USA) sample of 13,007 includes a main cross-section of 9,637 households plus an oversampling of blacks, Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, single-parent families, families with step-children, cohabiting couples and recently married persons. One adult per household was randomly selected as the primary respondent. Several portions of the main interview were self-administered to facilitate the collection of sensitive information as well as to ease the flow of the interview. The average interview lasted one hour and forty minutes. In addition, a shorter self-administered questionnaire was given to the spouse or cohabiting partner of the primary respondent. A considerable amount of life-history information was collected, including: the respondent's family living arrangements in childhood, departures and returns to the parental home, and histories of marriage, cohabitation, education, fertility, and employment. The design permits the detailed description of past and current living arrangements and other characteristics and experiences, as well as the analysis of the consequences of earlier patterns on current states, marital and parenting relationships, kin contact, and economic and psychological well-being. 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. More detailed information on Wave 1 content and on the two subsequent waves (Wave 2: 1992-94, Wave 3: 2002-04) is available on the NSFH website, http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/nsfh.

Variable Groups

Document Description

Full Title

National Survey of families and Households, Wave 1 (1987-88)

Identification Number

d1all004

Authoring Entity

Bumpass, Larry L. , University of Wisconsin-Madison

Authoring Entity

Sweet, James A. , University of Wisconsin-Madison

Authoring Entity

Call, Vaughn , University of Wisconsin-Madison

Other identifications and acknowledgments

Name Affiliation Role
Department of Sociology University of Nebraska SPSS statements

Other identifications and acknowledgments

Name Affiliation Role
Janet Eisenhauer Smith University of Wisconsin-Madison Marked up NSFH wav1 in Nesstar

Other identifications and acknowledgments

Name Affiliation Role
Kia Sorensen University of Wisconsin-Madison Updated NSFH codebook files

Other identifications and acknowledgments

Name Affiliation Role
Charlie Fiss University of Wisconsin-Madison SPSS programing

Other identifications and acknowledgments

Name Affiliation Role
Chiu-chuang Chou University of Wisconsin-Madison Added Tertiary variables in Nesstar

Other identifications and acknowledgments

Name Affiliation Role
Sean Hubbard University of Wisconsin-Madison Added Question Text to Wave 1 in Nesstar

Producer

Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Center for Demography of Health and Aging University of Wisconsin-Madison CDHA Marked up NSFH wave 1 data and documents in Nesstar

Copyright

CDHA BADGIR version 2015-03-16

Date of Production

2015-03-16

Place of Production

3308 Social Science Building
1180 Observatory Drive
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706

Funding Agency/Sponsor

Name Abbreviation Role Grant
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development NICHD provided funding for conducting NSFH wave 1 HD 21009
Center for Demography of Health and Aging CDHA converted wave 1 data and documents to Nesstar format AG 17266
National Institute on Aging NIA provided funding for archiving NSFH AG 045503

Data Distributor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation
Center for Demography of Health and Aging University of Wisconsin-Madison CDHA

Contact Persons

Name Affiliation E-mail address Universal Resource Identifier
CDHA University of Wisconsin-Madison cdhadata@ssc.wisc.edu http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/cdha/

Depositor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation
National Survey of Families and Households University of Wisconsin-Madison NSFH

Date of Distribution

2015-03-16

Version

CDHA BADGIR Version 2004-10-19, update 2008-08-06, update 2015-03-16

Date: 2015-03-16

Type: CDHA BADGIR Version

Version Responsibility Statement

Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for Demography of Health and Aging , University of Wisconsin-Madison

Notes

This version (2008-08-06) replaced an earlier release (2004-10-19) of NSFH Wave1 in BADGIR. This new release added 329 variables (TCOMPL to T101O) from the Tertiary Respondent file which were not included in our 2004 release of NSFH wave 1 data in BADGIR. In addition, value labels and notes were added to some variables.  Finally, links to appendices, questionnaires, skipmaps, codebooks and sample design wre added in this release.  

BADGIR users who are planning to download NSFH Wave 1 data in SAS format should know that BADGIR will produce an ASCII data file and SAS statements that can be used to read the ASCII file into SAS. These users (and users who prefer to simply download an ASCII text file only) should note that the raw ASCII data file that is downloaded from BADGIR will have a logical record length of 7946. This lrecl is 8 columns less than the original data file from the NSFH web site which has a lrecl of 7954 (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004). The lrecl for an ASCII file downloaded from BADGIR eliminates the 8 blank columns (columns 7302 to 7308 and column 7943) from the original data file on the NSFH website (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004).  When selecting the SAS formatting option for downloads from BADGIR, SAS input statements are also provided by BADGIR/Nesstar to read in this raw ASCII data file when users specifies SAS as their download data format. These SAS statements correctly correspond to the ASCII file that is simultaneously downloaded from BADGIR and, when run in SAS, will generate a file with lrecl 7946.

Please note that the raw ASCII data file for wave 1 available from the NSFH web site, (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004) remains unchanged and is not affected by this new  
release of NSFH wave 1 in BADGIR.

Question text was added in version 2015-03-16. It also corrected data for these four variables: M30, E223BP11, E714F, and ICGOVE. The SPSS sav file used to create this Nesstar file read those variables incorrectly.

Bibliographic Citation

Chou, C., Eisenhauer Smith, J.M., Hanson, A.R., and Hubbard, S. L. National Survey of Families and Households, Wave 1 (1987-1988), DDI Codebook [Codebook file]. CHDA ed. Madison, Wi: University of Wisconsin - Madison, Center for Demography of Health and Aging [producer and distributor], 2015.

Full Title

d1all004

Depositor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation

Study Description

Full Title

National Survey of Families and Households, Wave 1 (1987-1988)

Identification Number

d1all004.Nesstar

Authoring Entity

Name Affiliation
Bumpass, Larry L. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Sweet, James A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Call, Vaughn University of Wisconsin-Madison

Other identifications and acknowledgments

Name Affiliation Role
Department of Sociology Unviersity of Nebraska SPSS statements
Eisenhauer Smith, Janet University of Wisconsin-Madison Marked up NSFH wave 1 data in Nesstar in 2004
Sorensen, Kia University of Wisconsin-Madison Updated NSFH codebook files
Fiss, Charlie University of Wisconsin-Madison SPSS programing
Chou, Chiu-chuang University of Wisconsin-Madison Added Teritary variables in Nesstar in 2008
Hubbard, Sean University of Wisconsin-Madison Added question text in Nesstar in 2015

Producer

Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Center for Demography and Ecology University of Wisconsin-Madison CDE Produced NSFH wave 1 data
Center for Demography of Health and Aging University of Wisconsin-Madison CDHA Marked up NSFH wave 1 data and documents in Nesstar

Copyright

CDHA BADGIR Version 2004-10-19, updated 2008-08-06, updated 2015-03-16

Date of Production

2004-10-19

Place of Production

Center for Demography and Ecology
4412 Social Science Building
1180 Observatory Drive
University of Wisconin
Madison, WI 53706

Funding Agency/Sponsor

Name Abbreviation Role Grant
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development NICHD Provided funding for conducting NSFH wave 1 HD 21009
National Institute on Aging NIA Marked up NSFH wave 1 data and documents in Nesstar AG 17266
National Institute on Aging NIA Povided funding for archiving NSFH AG 17266

Data Distributor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation
Center for Demography of Health and Aging University of Wisconsin-Madison CDHA

Depositor

Name Affiliation Abbreviation

Version

CDHA BADGIR Version 2004-10-19, update 2008-08-06, update 2015-03-16

Date: 2015-03-16

Type: CDHA BADGIR Version

Version Responsibility Statement

Center for Demography and Ecology and Center for Demography of Health and Aging , University of Wisconsin-Madison

Notes

This version (2008-08-06) replaced an earlier release (2004-10-19) of NSFH Wave1 in BADGIR. This new release added 329 variables (TCOMPL to T101O) from the Tertiary Respondent file which were not included in our 2004 release of NSFH wave 1 data in BADGIR. In addition, value labels and notes were added to some variables.  Finally, links to appendices, questionnaires, skipmaps, codebooks and sample design wre added in this release.  

BADGIR users who are planning to download NSFH Wave 1 data in SAS format should know that BADGIR will produce an ASCII data file and SAS statements that can be used to read the ASCII file into SAS. These users (and users who prefer to simply download an ASCII text file only) should note that the raw ASCII data file that is downloaded from BADGIR will have a logical record length of 7946. This lrecl is 8 columns less than the original data file from the NSFH web site which has a lrecl of 7954 (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004). The lrecl for an ASCII file downloaded from BADGIR eliminates the 8 blank columns (columns 7302 to 7308 and column 7943) from the original data file on the NSFH website (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004).  When selecting the SAS formatting option for downloads from BADGIR, SAS input statements are also provided by BADGIR/Nesstar to read in this raw ASCII data file when users specifies SAS as their download data format. These SAS statements correctly correspond to the ASCII file that is simultaneously downloaded from BADGIR and, when run in SAS, will generate a file with lrecl 7946.

Please note that the raw ASCII data file for wave 1 available from the NSFH web site, (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004) remains unchanged and is not affected by this new  
release of NSFH wave 1 in BADGIR.

Question text was added in version 2015-03-16. It also corrected data for these four variables: M30, E223BP11, E714F, and ICGOVE. The SPSS sav file used to create this Nesstar file read those variables incorrectly.

Bibliographic Citation

Bumpass, Larry L., and James A. Sweet. National Survey of Families and Households: Wave 1 (1987-1988). CDHA BADGIR Version. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin, Center for Demography and Ecology [producer], 1988. Madison, WI: Center for Demography of Health and Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison [distributor], 2008.

Holdings Information

List of Keywords

Time Period Covered

Start End Cycle
1987 1988

Date of Collection

Start End Cycle
1987 1988

Country

United States of America  (USA)

Geographic Coverage

United States of America

Unit of Analysis

individuals

Universe

The target population consisted of persons age 19 and older, living in households, and able to be interviewed in either English or Spanish.

Kind of Data

survey data

Time Method

1987-1988

Data Collector

Institute for Survey Research, Temple University  (ISR)

Sampling Procedure

The main sample for the National Survey of Families and Households is a national, multi-stage area probability sample containing about 17,000 housing units drawn from 100 sampling areas in the conterminous United States. For details on the sample design of NSFH, Wave 1, see National Survry of Families and Housholds: a Sampling Report at ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/c1app_l.001

Mode of Data Collection

face-to-face interviews and self-administered questionnaires

Weighting

For details on the sample design and weights of NSFH, Wave 1, see National Survry of Families and Housholds: a Sampling Report at ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/c1app_l.001

Location

Archive where study originally stored

Center for Demogrpahy of Health and Aging, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Extent of Collection

One data file, 13,007 cases, Logical Record Length is 7946 and 4355 variables.  Other supplementary files include codebook, appendices, skipmaps, interview schedules and record layout.

Notes

This version (2008-08-06)  replaces an earlier release (2004-10-19) of NSFH Wave1 in BADGIR. This new release adds  
329 variables (TCOMPL to T101O) from the Tertiary Respondent file which were not  
included in our 2004 release of NSFH wave 1 data in BADGIR. In addition, value labels and notes are  
added to some variables.  Finally, links to appendices, questionnaires, skipmaps, codebooks and  
sample design are added in this release.  

BADGIR users who are planning to download NSFH Wave 1 data in SAS format should know that BADGIR  
will produce an ASCII data file and SAS statements that can be used to read the ASCII file into SAS.  
These users (and users who prefer to simply download an ASCII text file only) should note that the  
raw ASCII data file that is downloaded from BADGIR will have a logical record length of 7946. This  
lrecl is 8 columns less than the original data file from the NSFH web site which has a lrecl of 7954  
(ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004). The lrecl for an ASCII file downloaded from BADGIR  
eliminates the 8 blank columns (columns 7302 to 7308 and column 7943) from the original data file on  
the NSFH website (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004).  When selecting the SAS formatting  
option for downloads from BADGIR, SAS input statements are also provided by BADGIR/Nesstar to read  
in this raw ASCII data file when users specifies SAS as their download data format. These SAS  
statements correctly correspond to the ASCII file that is simultaneously downloaded from BADGIR and,  
when run in SAS, will generate a file with lrecl 7946.

Please note that the raw ASCII data file for wave 1 available from the NSFH web site,  
(ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004) remains unchanged and is not affected by this new  
release of NSFH wave 1 in BADGIR.

Question text was added to Wave 1 in Nesstar, 2015-03-16. It also corrected data for these four variables: M30, E223BP11, E714F, and ICGOVE. The SPSS sav file used to create this Nesstar file read those variables incorrectly.

Confidentiality Declaration

This is a public-use file. Certain geographical variables are suppressed.

Special Permissions

Related Materials

NSFH, Wave 1 (1987-1988): Introductory Files

The NSFH data are quite complicated.  Users should familiarize themselves with the overall structure of the data file and the documentation.  They should read carefully the introductory material for the waves they are using, and study in detail the documentation for the questions and data format of the particular sections of the study that they are using.

NSFH, Wave 1 (1987-1988): Content Outlines

NSFH Wave 1 variables are arranged by topics and self-administered questionnaires.

NSFH wave 1 (1987-1988) Sample design

NSFH, wave 1 (1987-1988) Questionnaires

Questionnaires can be found under Interview Schedules links.

Wave 1 Primary Respondent Main Interview Codebook

Wave 1 Primary Respondent SE Codebook

Wave 1 Secondary Respondent SE Codebook

Wave 1 Tertiary Respondent SE Codebook

Related Publications

NSFH Working Papers

NSFH Bibliography

This list of publications is old (last updated in 1999). Please use the NSFH Bibliography at ICPSR for a current list.

NSFH Bibliography at ICPSR

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) maintains a more current list of publications using NSFH data.

Data Files Description

File Name

d1all004_F1.NSDstat

Contents of Files

One data file, 13,007 cases, Logical Record Length is 7946 and 4355 variables.

Overall Case Count

13007

Overall Variable Count

4355

Type of File

Nesstar 200801

Place of File Production

Center for Demography of Health and Aging University of Wisconsin-Madison

Extent of Processing Checks

d1all004 data  in SPSS sav format  was imported to Nesstar. Metadata was created for it in 2004.  

A new release (2008-08-06) added 329 variables (TCOMPL to T101O) from the Tertiary Respondent file which were not included in our 2004 release of NSFH wave 1 data in BADGIR. In addition, value labels and notes are added to some variables.  Finally, links to appendices, questionnaires, skipmaps, codebooks and sample design were added in this release.  

BADGIR users who are planning to download NSFH Wave 1 data in SAS format should know that BADGIR will produce an ASCII data file and SAS statements that can be used to read the ASCII file into SAS. These users (and users who prefer to simply download an ASCII text file only) should note that the raw ASCII data file that is downloaded from BADGIR will have a logical record length of 7946. This lrecl is 8 columns less than the original data file from the NSFH web site which has a lrecl of 7954 (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004). The lrecl for an ASCII file downloaded from BADGIR eliminates the 8 blank columns (columns 7302 to 7308 and column 7943) from the original data file on the NSFH website (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004).  When selecting the SAS formatting option for downloads from BADGIR, SAS input statements are also provided by BADGIR/Nesstar to read in this raw ASCII data file when users specifies SAS as their download data format. These SAS statements correctly correspond to the ASCII file that is simultaneously downloaded from BADGIR and, when run in SAS, will generate a file with lrecl 7946.

Please note that the raw ASCII data file for wave 1 available from the NSFH web site, (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004) remains unchanged and is not affected by this new  
release of NSFH wave 1 in BADGIR.

Question text was added in version 2015-03-16. It also corrected data for these four variables: M30, E223BP11, E714F, and ICGOVE. The SPSS sav file used to create this Nesstar file read those variables incorrectly.

Version

CDHA BADGIR Version 2004-10-19, update 2008-08-06, update 2015-03-16

Version Responsibility Statement

Center for Demography of Health and Aging University of Wisconsin-Madison

Notes

This version (2008-08-06) replaced an earlier release (2004-10-19) of NSFH Wave1 in BADGIR. This new release added 329 variables (TCOMPL to T101O) from the Tertiary Respondent file which were not included in our 2004 release of NSFH wave 1 data in BADGIR. In addition, value labels and notes were added to some variables.  Finally, links to appendices, questionnaires, skipmaps, codebooks and sample design were added in this release.  

BADGIR users who are planning to download NSFH Wave 1 data in SAS format should know that BADGIR will produce an ASCII data file and SAS statements that can be used to read the ASCII file into SAS. These users (and users who prefer to simply download an ASCII text file only) should note that the raw ASCII data file that is downloaded from BADGIR will have a logical record length of 7946. This lrecl is 8 columns less than the original data file from the NSFH web site which has a lrecl of 7954 (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004). The lrecl for an ASCII file downloaded from BADGIR eliminates the 8 blank columns (columns 7302 to 7308 and column 7943) from the original data file on the NSFH website (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004).  When selecting the SAS formatting option for downloads from BADGIR, SAS input statements are also provided by BADGIR/Nesstar to read  
in this raw ASCII data file when users specifies SAS as their download data format. These SAS statements correctly correspond to the ASCII file that is simultaneously downloaded from BADGIR and, when run in SAS, will generate a file with lrecl 7946.

Please note that the raw ASCII data file for wave 1 available from the NSFH web site, (ftp://elaine.ssc.wisc.edu/pub/nsfh/d1all.004) remains unchanged and is not affected by this new  
release of NSFH wave 1 in BADGIR.

Question text was added in version 2015-03-16.  It also corrected data for these four variables: M30, E223BP11, E714F, and ICGOVE. The SPSS sav file used to create this Nesstar file read those variables incorrectly.

FAQ About NSFH

In an effort to facilitate the process of downloading and analyzing NSFH data, the NSFH staff compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions sent to them through NSFHHELP (nsfhhelp@ssc.wisc.edu).

Appendix A State and Country Codes

Appendix B Occupation Codes

Appendix C Industry Codes

Appendix D Occupational Socioeconomic Status Codes

Appendix E Religion Codes

Appendix F Medical Condition Codes

Appendix G Conversion of Dates to Century Months

Appendix H Problem Inventory: Merging of Responses

Appendix I Instructions for creating income variables and poverty status

Appendix J Coding Categories for Purpose of Gifts and Loans

Appendix K Instructions Used to Create Household Composition Variables that were Added to the Data File

Appendix L National Survey of Families and Households: A Sampling Report

Appendix M Household Member Number

Appendix N "Show Cards" used in National Survey of Families and Households Interviews

Questionnaire: Primary Respondent Main Interview Schedule

Questionnaire: Primary Respondent Self-Enumerated Schedule

Questionnaire: Secondary Respondent Self-Enumerated Schedule

Skipmap: Wave 1 Main Interview

Skipmap: Wave1 Partner Interview

Skipmap: Wave 1 Self-Administered Questionnaire

Layout File for the Raw ASCII Data File

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