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Data Sets and Data Sources

This page provides an overview of surveys and databases which may be used by researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and funders in the self-sufficiency field. The description, population, and periodicity (or frequency of data collection) is provided for each database and survey. For ease of use and accuracy, the information provided for each survey/database is adapted from the respective publisher's description of the survey/database.

To access or learn more about a specific survey/database, click the title to view its bibliographic information in the SSRC Library. To start exploring surveys/databases, click on one of the four categories below and the overviews of the surveys/databases will appear on the screen.

For a printer-friendly format of the information listed below, please click here to view the SSRC Compendium of Family Self-Sufficiency Surveys and Databases. Please note that some of the surveys/databases listed below may not be included in the compendium because they were added to the SSRC after publication of the compendium.


Data Set Name Description Population Periodicity
Adoption and Foster Care Analysis Reporting System (AFCARS) AFCARS collects case level information on all children in foster care for whom state child welfare agencies have responsibility for placement, care, or supervision, and on children who are adopted under the auspices of the state's public child welfare agency. AFCARS reports data on children placed into foster care by the state child welfare agency or private agencies contracted by the public welfare agency. Data reported twice a year annually. Data available for 2000-2017.
American Community Survey (ACS) ACS is an ongoing survey that provides data annually with an aim to give communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. The survey is mailed to three million Americans per year (250,000 monthly) in order to get a nationally representative sample.  Approximately two million interviews conducted per year, with some personal visit follow-up. 2005-2017 and will continue annually.
American Housing Survey (AHS) AHS provides current information on a wide range of housing subjects, including size and composition of the nation’s housing inventory, vacancies, physical condition of housing units, characteristics of occupants, indicators of housing and neighborhood quality, mortgages and other housing costs, persons eligible for and beneficiaries of assisted housing, home values, and characteristics of recent movers. For the national survey, a sample of 60,000 housing units is surveyed every two years. Collected every odd numbered year between 1985 and 2017.
American Time Use Survey (ATUS) ATUS measures the amount of time people spend doing various activities, such as paid work, childcare, volunteering, and socializing. Data collected from over 98,000 Americans to get nationally representative sample; households that have completed final month of CPS are eligible.  One person over age 15 from household is selected to answer questions about time usage. 2003-2017 and will continue annually.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) BRFSS  is the world’s largest, on-going telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. States conduct monthly telephone surveys using random digit-dialing.  One adult (18 years and up) per household interviewed; over 350,000 adults interviewed each year. Data collected monthly, available from 1984-2017.
Census Population Estimates and Projections (PEP) PEP produces population estimates for the U.S. and its states, counties, cities, and towns, as well as for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its “municipios” (municipalities). National resident estimates and demographic changes/characteristics are given for the nation, states, and counties, based off of Census survey data. Annual
Consumer Expenditure Survey (CES) The CES consists of the Quarterly Interview Survey and the Diary Survey. Both surveys provide information on the buying habits of American consumers, including data on their expenditures, income, and consumer unit (families and single consumers) characteristics. Nationally representative sample of non-institutionalized, U.S. population.  Sampling frame generated from 2000 Census 100-Percent Detail File.  Approximately 7,000 interviews and 7,000 diaries are collected from consumer units. Data available for 1984-2017 and collected annually.
County-Level Marriage & Divorce Data, 2000 These maps present geographic variation in the adjusted marriage and divorce rates for over 3,000 counties in the United States. The estimates are from county court record data of numbers of marriages and divorces and U.S. Census data from 2000. Researchers can use these data to examine geographic concentrations of marriage and divorce. The county-level marriage and divorce data are provided in a spreadsheet, which contains the county-level number of divorces, population, married population, divorce rates, adjusted divorce rates and geocodes (FIPS). Individuals that have been married and/or divorced by U.S. County. Data compiled from 2000 Census data.
Current Population Survey (CPS) CPS, sponsored jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), is the primary source of labor force statistics for the population of the United States. The CPS provides numerous high-profile economic statistics, including the national unemployment rate, and includes data on a wide range of issues relating to employment and earnings. Sample of 60,000 households for nationally representative sample.  Basic survey administered with some individual follow-up calls. Conducted monthly since 1940. A major redesign occurred in 1994.
Decennial Census The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States. It is mandated by Article I, Section 2 of the Constitution and takes place every 10 years. The data collected by the decennial census determines the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions in Federal funds to local communities. Nationally representative sample is surveyed (as of 2010 using short-form version of survey) and actual counts of persons dwelling in residential structures are used to derive population numbers. Data collected every 10 years.  Data available for 1790-2010 (next survey date is 2020).
Data Set Name Description Population Periodicity
Early Childhood Longitudinal Study – Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) The ECLS-B was designed to provide policy makers, researchers, child care providers, teachers, and parents with detailed information about children's early life experiences. Data collected for the ECLS-B focus on children's health, development, care, and education from birth through kindergarten entry. Nationally representative sample of 14,000 children born in 2001 and followed from birth through kindergarten entry (2006-2007).  Parents interviewed about themselves and children at all waves; children observed and participated in assessments; child care and early education providers were interviewed; teachers provided information at kindergarten level. Data collected when children were ~nine months old (2001-2002), two years old (2003-2004), four years old (2005-2006), kindergarten level or higher (2006), not yet in kindergarten or higher (2007).
Early Childhood Longitudinal Study – Kindergarten Cohort (ECLS-K) The ECLS-K focuses on children's early school experiences beginning with kindergarten and following children through middle school and provides descriptive information on children's status at entry to school, their transition into school, and their progression through eighth grade. Nationally representative sample of 22,782 children from public and private schools enrolled in 1,277 kindergarten programs in 1998-1999 (diverse socioeconomic and racial/ethnic backgrounds, oversampled Asian children), and followed until spring of 8th grade (2007). Data collected in the fall and the spring of kindergarten (1998-99), the fall and spring of first grade (1999-2000), the spring of third grade (2002), the spring of fifth grade (2004), and the spring of eighth grade (2007).
Educational Longitudinal Study (ELS) The ELS: 2002 is designed to monitor the transition of a national sample of young people as they progress from tenth grade through high school and on to postsecondary education and/or the workforce. The ELS: 2002 has 2 distinctive features--it is longitudinal and multilevel.  Nationally representative cohort of high school students, starting from when they were sophomores (2002), collecting data continuously as they move into postsecondary education and/or the labor market. Data first collected in 2002, first follow-up in 2004, second follow-up in 2006, third follow-up in 2012.
Familial Responses to Financial Instability The economic downturn in late 2008 prompted important questions about the familial consequences of economic uncertainty as well as how family environments influence coping and stress associated with financial instability (e.g., employment, income, asset accumulation, consumption patterns, public assistance usage). To address these topics, new data were urgently needed. The National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR) aimed to fill this critical gap by sponsoring a data collection initiative on families and economic distress. A survey of 1,000 adults aged 18 years and older from the general population was conducted. The survey was completed by 1,014 respondents out of 1,517 cases (66.8 percent response rate). Data collected in 2009.
Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (Fragile Families) This study was designed to address 4 primary questions: (1) What are the conditions and capabilities of unmarried parents, especially fathers?; (2) What is the nature of the relationships between unmarried parents?; (3) How do children born into these families fare?; and (4) How do policies and environmental conditions affect families and children? Cohort of ~5,000 children born between 1998-2000, in 20 large U.S. cities (population of 200,000 or more).  Mothers and fathers interviewed at birth, then ages 1, 3, and 5, and in-home assessments conducted at age 3 and 5. Data available for birth, age 1, 3, 5, 9, and 15 collection periods.
General Social Survey (GSS) The General Social Services (GSS) is widely regarded as the single best source of data on societal trends. The GSS contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest.  Administered annually to 1,500 Americans from 1972-1993. Administered every other year beginning in 1994 with a  target sample of 1,500. Data available from 1972-2016 as a data file.
Health and Retirement Study (HRS) The HRS is a longitudinal panel study that explores the changes in labor force participation and the health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow. Survey administered to ~22,000 Americans over age 50, every 2 years, beginning in 1992. New cohorts added every 6 years.   Data collected every 2 years, 1992-2016 (next collection in 2020). Data up through 2016 is available.
KIDS COUNT The KIDS COUNT Data Book profiles the status of children on a national and state-by-state basis and ranks states on the following 10 key measures of child well-being: low-birth weight rate, infant mortality rate, child mortality rate (ages 1-14), teen death rate (ages 15-19), teen birth rate (15-19), high school dropout rate (ages 16-19), teens not working or in school (ages 16-19), underemployed parents, children living in poverty, and children in single-parent families.  Data are collected from Federal statistical agencies. Data available from 1990-2011.  Data collected/published annually.
Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics (LEHD) The LEHD is an innovative program within the U.S. Census Bureau which uses modern statistical and computing techniques to combine Federal and state administrative data on employers and employees with core Census Bureau surveys while protecting the confidentiality of people and firms that provide the data. Data from U.S. Census Bureau merged with state-reported unemployment and business-establishment records. Data started being collected in 1998-1999.  States supply quarterly data each year.
Making Connections

Making Connections is the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s long-term, multi-site effort to demonstrate that poor results for children and families in tough neighborhoods can be changed for the better.

Researchers can apply for access to survey data through NORC's data enclave. Learn more about the data and get information on accessing the data here.

Sites in Denver, Des Moines, Hartford, Indianapolis, Louisville, Milwaukee, Oakland, Providence, San Antonio, and Seattle.  Started in 1999, 10 year initiative. Data collected periodically throughout each year.
Married and Cohabiting Couples, 2010 Pilot Data The National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) Married and Cohabiting Couples, 2010 Pilot Data are composed of a nationally representative sample of U.S. married and cohabiting adults aged 18-64. Data are available for basic demographic characteristics (age, income, educational attainment, gender, race, etc.), as well as individual and couple-level data. Married and cohabiting adults ages 18-64. Data are available for 1,504 married individuals representing 752 married couples and 646 cohabiting individuals representing 323 couples. Data collected in 2010.
Monitoring the Future Survey (MTF) The MTF is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults.  Nationwide sample of 50,000 8th, 10th, and 12th twelfth graders are surveyed. Survey administered annually starting in 1975. Data available through 2018 collection period.
Data Set Name Description Population Periodicity
National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS) The NCANDS  is a voluntary national data collection and analysis system created in response to the requirements of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Public Law 93-247) as amended.  States report child-specific (of children zero to17 years old) data for state child protective services investigated reports of maltreatment.  Data collected continuously every year. Data available for 1990-2017.
National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS: 88) The NELS: 88 collects data on topics such as school, work, and home experiences; educational resources and support; the role in education of their parents and peers; neighborhood characteristics; educational and occupational aspirations; and other student perceptions. For the 3 in-school waves of data collection (when most were 8th, 10th, or 12th graders), achievement tests were also administered in reading, social studies, mathematics, and science. Nationally representative sample of students who were in 8th grade in 1988.  Sample of these respondents were resurveyed at 4 follow-ups in 1990, 1992, 1994, and 2000.  Teachers, parents, and school administrators also surveyed to add further detail to data. Data collected and available for baseline and all follow-ups (1988, 1990, 1992, 1994, and 2000).
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) The NHANES is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey combines interviews and physical examinations. Nationally representative sample of ~5,000 people per year. Data collected in 3 prior phases (1971-1974, 1976-1980, 1988-1994), before becoming a continuous survey in 1999. Data available for all previous collection periods up to 2017-2018.
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) The NHIS collects data on a broad range of health topics through personal household interviews.  Sampling plans are redesigned after every Decennial Census; current data is based on 2006 redesign.  Personal household interviews are conducted with nationally representative sample of ~35,000 households, accounting for ~87,500 persons of all ages.   Significantly revised survey administered 1997-present. Data available through 2017 collection period.
National Household Education Surveys Program (NHES) The NHES provides descriptive data on the educational activities of the U.S. population and offers researchers, educators, and policymakers a variety of statistics on the condition of education in the United States. The NHES surveys cover learning at all ages, from early childhood to school age through adulthood. The most recent data collection in 2007 consisted of 2 surveys: Parent and Family Involvement in Education and School Readiness. The NHES is designed to survey a representative sample of the non-institutionalized civilian population in the United States. Between 45,000 and 60,000 households are sampled in the original screening. Data is collected through one-on-one phone interviews.  Different surveys are administered for specific topic areas over multiple years. 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2016 (2019 data collection is underway).
National Immunization Survey (NIS) The NIS uses list-assisted random-digit-dialing telephone surveys along with mailed surveys to collect information on childhood immunization coverage from parents. Nationally representative sample of families with children age 19 to 35 months. Data collected continuously since 1994, estimation methodology changed in 1998. Data available 1994-2017.
National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) Add Health is a nationally representative study originally designed to examine how social contexts (such as families, friends, peers, schools, neighborhoods, and communities) influence teens' health and risk behaviors. The study is now examining how health changes over the course of early adulthood. Nationally representative sample of ~90,000 students in grades 7 through 12 during the 1994-1995 school year initially selected. In-home interviews conducted at 4 waves of data collection. Data is no longer available, but it can potentially be accessed by contacting the data owners.
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 (NLSY97) The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1997 (NLSY97) is designed to document the transition from school to work and into adulthood. It collects extensive information about youths' labor market behavior and educational experiences over time.  Survey of nationally representative sample of 8,984 young men and women, from 6,819 households, born between 1980 and1984 and first interviewed in 1997.  Data collected from school surveys, interviews, etc., in annual waves.  This ongoing cohort has been surveyed 17 times to date and is now interviewed biennially. Data are now available from Round 1 (1997-98) to Round 17 (2015-16).
National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) NSCAW makes available nationally representative longitudinal data drawn from first-hand reports from children, parents, and other caregivers, as well as reports from caseworkers, teachers, and data from administrative records. The sample represents the children and families that enter the child welfare system, including over 5501 children (age zero to 14) from 97 agencies. Data collection for NSCAW III began in 2018. Data from NSCAW I and NSCAW II are available.
National Survey of Children (NSC) The NSC was designed 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 Children between the ages of 7 and 11, or born between September 1, 1964 and December 31, 1969, living in households in the 48 contiguous states. Data collected and available for all 3 waves – 1976, 1981, 1987
National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) The NSCH examines the physical and emotional health of children. Special emphasis is placed on factors that may relate to well-being of children, including medical homes, family interactions, parental health, school and after-school experiences, and safe neighborhoods. Children aged zero to 17 years in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Data collected for 3 periods: January 2003-July 2004, April 2007-July 2008, February 2011-March 2012. All data sets are available.
National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN) This survey explores the extent to which children with special health care needs have medical homes, adequate health insurance, access to needed services, adequate care coordination, and that parents are satisfied with their child’s care.  Children aged zero to 17 years with special health care needs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.  Data available for the following collection periods: October 2000-April 2002, April 2005-February 2007, January 2009- March 2011, 2016-2017.
National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) The NSDUH provides national and state-level estimates on the use of tobacco products, alcohol, illicit drugs (including non-medical use of prescription drugs) and mental health in the United States. National representative sample of approximately 70,000 persons ages 12 and older. Data collected annually since 1971. Data available for 1996-2017.
National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) The NSFH investigates the causes and consequences of changes in American family and household structure. The sample includes a main cross-section sample of 9,643 households plus a double sampling of African Americans, Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, single-parent families and families with stepchildren, cohabiting couples, and recently married persons. Data collected and available for the 3 waves of the study: Wave 1 (1987-1988), Wave 2 (1992-1994), and Wave 3 (2001-2003).
National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) The NSFG is a periodic survey initiated to provide current information on fertility and infertility, family planning, childbearing, contraceptive practice, and other aspects of maternal and child health and to gauge the effects of these processes on population growth. Cycles 1-5 of the survey were administered through in person interviews with only women, ages 15-44. Cycle 6 involved interviews with 12,571 participants, including both men and women, ages 15-44. Cycle 7 involved interviews with 22,682 participants, including both men and women, ages 15-44, to give a nationally representative sample. Cycle 8 is expected to include ~5000 interviews annually. Cycles 1-5 of the survey were administered through in person interviews with only women, ages 15-44. Cycle 6 involved interviews with 12,571 participants, including both men and women, ages 15-44. Cycle 7 involved interviews with 22,682 participants, including both men and women, ages 15-44, to give a nationally representative sample. Cycle 8 includes ~5000 interviews annually.
National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) The NYTD collects information on youth in foster care, including sex, race, ethnicity, date of birth, and foster care status. It also collects information about the outcomes of those youth who have aged out of foster care.  Youth ages 17-21. Baseline data collection for the first cohort of 17 year-old youths in foster care began in 2010. States will track these youth as they age and conduct a new outcome survey on or around the youth's 19th birthday; and again on or around the youth's 21st birthday. All States will collect and report outcome information on a new baseline population cohort every three years.
New Immigrant Survey (NIS) The NYTD collects information on youth in foster care, including sex, race, ethnicity, date of birth, and foster care status. It also collects information about the outcomes of those youth who have aged out of foster care.  Youth ages 17-21. Baseline data collection for the first cohort of 17 year-old youths in foster care began in 2010. States will track these youth as they age and conduct a new outcome survey on or around the youth's 19th birthday; and again on or around the youth's 21st birthday. All States will collect and report outcome information on a new baseline population cohort every three years.
Data Set Name Description Population Periodicity
Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) The PSID measures economic, social, and health factors over the life course of families over multiple generations. Nationally representative sample of 18,000 individuals in 5,000 families (and their descendants) sampled annually since 1968.  Head of household is contacted and interviewed over the phone. Data first collected in 1968 and was taken annually until 1997. Data now collected biennially. Available through 2015.
Panel Study of Income Dynamics - Child Development Supplement (PSID-CDS) The PSID-CDS collected data on a broad array of developmental outcomes including physical health, emotional well-being, intellectual and academic achievement, cognitive ability, social relationships with family and peers, time diaries, and much more. Supplement to the PSID focusing on 0-12 year old children and their parents.  2,394 families initially interviewed, providing information on 3,563 children.   Data first collected in 1968 and was taken annually until 1997. Data now collected biennially. Available through 2015.
Recession Trends Recession Trends provides 16 up-to-date briefs by top scholars addressing recent trends in wealth, consumption, the labor market, housing, poverty, safety net systems, health, education, crime, attitudes, and a variety of other domains. The site also archives over a thousand time series and allows visitors to build their own graphs representing  key trends in 16 domain areas. The data for Recession Trends come from dozens of high-quality data sets.  Full source and methodological information is provided on the site for each time series. The data are updated annually and, for some series, reach back a half-century or even longer.
Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) The SASS collects data on teacher demand and shortage, teacher and administrator characteristics, school programs, and general conditions in schools. SASS also collects data on many other topics, including principals' and teachers' perceptions of school climate and problems in their schools; teacher compensation; district hiring practices; and basic characteristics of the student population. 2007-2008 survey design involved a mail-based survey, and both telephone and in-person/field follow-up to both administrators and teachers.  For 2003-2004, the sample consisted of 45,000 teachers, 9,000 schools, and 4,700 school districts.  Data is currently available for collection periods from 1987-2013. After 2010–11, NCES redesigned SASS and named it the National Teacher and Principal Survey (NTPS) to reflect the redesigned study's focus on the teacher and principal labor market and on the state of K-12 school staff. NCES first conducted NTPS in 2015–16.
Small Area Health Insurance Estimates (SAHIE) The SAHIE program was created to develop model-based estimates of health insurance coverage for counties and states. This developmental program builds on the work of the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) program. Data on health insurance coverage for all counties are not currently available elsewhere.  Based on models using data from Federal tax return data, Medicaid/Food Stamp records, March Current Population Survey, and population estimates. Data available from 2008 – 2016. Due to methodological differences, comparisons between ACS-based SAHIE estimates and earlier years are not recommended.
Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates The SAIPE program provides annual estimates of income and poverty statistics for all school districts, counties, and states. The main objective of this program is to provide estimates of income and poverty for the administration of Federal programs and the allocation of Federal funds to local jurisdictions. In addition to these Federal programs, state and local programs use the income and poverty estimates for distributing funds and managing programs. Based on models using data from IRS income tax returns, the Current Population Survey, population estimates, and SNAP administrative data.  Data available for the following years: 1989, 1993, 1995-2017.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Data System This data set provides time-series data on state and county-level estimates of SNAP participation and benefit levels, combined with area estimates of total population and the number of persons in poverty. All data, except program benefit amounts, are for a selected point in time each year; program benefit levels are total benefits issued over the course of a calendar year. SNAP state and county level estimates are provided based on data from the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates program of U.S. Census Bureau.  SNAP benefits issued data provided by the Regional Economic Information System, Bureau of Economic Analysis of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Program participation counts available from 1997-2008; counts available for program benefits up to 2011. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Data System is no longer being updated due to inconsistencies and reliability issues in the source data.
Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) The main objective of the SIPP is to provide accurate and comprehensive information about the income and program participation of individuals and households in the United States, and about the principal determinants of income and program participation. SIPP offers detailed information on cash and noncash income on a sub-annual basis. The survey also collects data on taxes, assets, liabilities, and participation in government transfer programs. SIPP data allow the government to evaluate the effectiveness of Federal, state, and local programs. Continuous series of panels each have nationally representative sample size of 14,000 to 37,000 households. Multistage stratified sample is comprised of U.S. civilian non-institutionalized population, respondents being household members 15 years and up.   Panels range from 2.5 to 4 years. Data available for all waves of the following panels: 1984, 1988, 1990-1993, 1996, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2014.
TANF Caseload Data The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance collects caseload, expenditure, and work participation data for State and Tribal TANF programs.  State and Tribal TANF program participants. State TANF program data available through Fiscal Year 2018. Tribal TANF program data available through Fiscal Year 2016.
USDA Food Environment Atlas The Food Atlas assembles statistics on 3 broad food environment factors: food choices, health and well-being, and community characteristics.  Uses data from various sources and years to create maps of indicators of the food environment by state or by county. Data are available from 2011-2018.
Welfare Rules Database The Welfare Rules Database provides a comprehensive, sophisticated resource for anyone comparing cash assistance programs between states, researching changes in cash assistance rules within a single state, or simply looking for the most up-to-date information on the rules governing cash assistance in one state. 50 states (including Washington, D.C.), TANF/welfare policies for each state included in database. Data collected from 1997-present. Data available for 1999-2017.
Women’s Employment Study The WES is a 5 wave panel study of women who resided in one urban Michigan county and received cash welfare in February, 1997 through the TANF program. The primary purpose of the study is to examine barriers to employment.  Women residing in one urban Michigan county, consisting of nearly equal levels of African American and white samples.  Data collected through in-person interviews.  Sample sizes for each wave: 753, 693, 632, 577, 536.   Data collected in 5 survey waves, during the Falls of 1997-2003.
Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) YRBSS monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use, sexual risk behaviors, unhealthy dietary behaviors, and physical inactivity. YRBSS also measures the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults Nationally representative sample of students in grades 9-12 (2005 included grades 6-8) from majority of states (47 in 2009), identified through cluster sampling.  2005 national sample included 13,953 participants. Data available from 1991-2011.


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