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Relationship of respondent to sample child

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For sample children under age 18, SCRESPOND indicates the relationship of the respondent to the sample child. In 1994 and 1995, SCRESPOND indicates the relationship of the respondent to the child under 18 in the Disability Phase I supplement.


In a small number of cases in the 1998-forward samples, the relationship indicated by SCRESPOND may be inconsistent with those indicated by MOMPNUM and DADPNUM on the Person file. In these situations, it is recommended that data users use the relationships indicated by MOMPNUMand DADPNUM instead of the one indicated by SCRESPOND.

In 1994 and 1995, this variable is part of the Disability Supplement (NHIS-D) that collects information on disability. NHIS-D included two household interviews: in Phase I all members of sample families were screened for any indication of disability; in Phase II persons with any indication of disability were followed-up for additional information. Phase I includes sensory, communication, and mobility problems; health conditions; activities of daily living and independent activities of daily living; functional limitations; mental health; services and benefits; special health needs of children; early child development; education; relationship to respondent; and perceived disability. Phase II includes four Disability Followback Survey (DFS) questionnaires: one for children, one for adults, one for elderly persons (69 years of age and over) without any indication of disability (also called the Supplement on Aging or SOA; only in 1994), and one for persons with a history of polio.


There are changes in the response categories.


  • 1994-1995: Persons under 18 in the NHIS-D Phase I sample.
  • 1998-2018: Sample children under age 18.


  • 1994-1995, 1998-2018