. "Appendix B: Gaps Analysis of Measures of Children's Health and Influences on Children's Health in Select National Surveys." Children's Health, the Nation's Wealth: Assessing and Improving Child Health. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2004.
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Children’s Health, The Nation’s Wealth: Assessing and Improving Child Health
3 waves: 5 and 8 years
Fall and Spring K and 1st. Spring 3rd and 5th.
5 waves: 9 months to 6 years
Approx. every 2 years
N = 2,500 children
N = 22,000 children
N = 10,700 children
Varies: N = 7,000–
N = 2,068 children
N = 37,500 children
9 months to 6 years
Varies: but always includes <18 years
Child and adult
Adult, child, school records
Adult, child, child care provider, observation, and birth certificate
Adult and adolescent
CS = Cross-sectional study design
L = Longitudinal study design
aPrior to 1996, the MEPS was conducted in 1977 and 1987.
bThe NSLY was started in 1979 with an original cohort of 12,686 children ages 14–22 that was interviewed annually until 1994. In this review, we focus only on a more recent and separate NSLY cohort study that began in 1997.