TABLE B-1 Descriptive Characteristics of 12 National Surveys of Children’s Health

Descriptive Characteristics

NHIS

NHANES

MEPSa

YRBS

NLSYb

Add Health

Year

2002

1994–2004

2002

2003

1997

2001–2002

Origination

1957

1971

1996

1991

1997

1994–1995

Sponsor(s)

NCHS/ CDC

NCHS/ CDC

AHRQ

NCHS/ CDC

DOL

NICHD

Frequency

Annual

Annual since 1999

Annual

2 years

Various

3 waves, 1 and 6 years

Design

CS

CS

CS panels

CS

L

L

Sample size

N = 12,524; 26,191 children in person file

N = 5085 <20 years, 4,880 adults

N = 11,500 children/ year

N = 13,000 adolescents

N = 8,984 adolescents

N = 20,745 adolescents

Age group

All ages

All ages

<18 years

14–17 years

12–16 years

<18 years

Respondent

Adult

Adult

Household respondent

Adolescent

Adolescent and adult

Adolescent and adult

NHIS = National Health Interview Survey; NHANES = National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey; MEPS = Medical Expenditure Panel Survey; YRBS = Youth Risk Behavior Survey; NLSY = National Longitudinal Survey of Youth; Add Health = National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health; NSFH = National Survey of Families and Households; ECLS-K = Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Kindergarten Class; ECLS-B = Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Birth Cohort; NHES = National Household Education Surveys; NSECH = National Survey of Early Childhood Health; NSCSHCN = National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs



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