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Family receives AFDC or ADC now

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For all persons in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, and 1989 and all sample persons under age 18 in 1981, GOTAFDCNOW reports if the person receives assistance through the Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program (sometimes called AFDC or ADC). Please see Comparability and Universe tabs for changes in universe between samples.

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In 1981, GOTAFDCNOW was included in the children's health supplement and was only collected for sample persons under age 18. In all other years, the universe included all persons.

In 1983, the question was included only in quarters 3 and 4. Changes in survey design (e.g., quarters in which the supplement was collected) may affect raw frequencies, but do not affect comparability of the variable. As always, data users should use the prescribed IPUMS NHIS weights.


  • 1980; 1982; 1984; 1986;1989: All persons.
  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18.
  • 1983: All persons in quarters 3 and 4.


  • 1980-1984, 1986, 1989