National Survey of Children's Health, 2003

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • NSCH, 2003 (Alternative Title)
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Survey of Children's Health Series
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Health Resources and Services Administration. Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
child health; health care access; needs assessment; children; adolescents; mental health; emotional states; stress; child development; everyday life; social behavior; family structure; health insurance; neighborhood conditions; welfare services
  • Abstract

    The National Survey of Children's Health, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), is a module of the State and Local Area Integrated Telephone Survey (SLAITS) that is conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey was conducted to assess how well each state, and the nation as a whole, met MCHB's strategic plan goals and national performance measures. These goals include providing national leadership for maternal and child health, promoting an environment that supports maternal and child health, eliminating health barriers and disparities, improving the health infrastructure and systems of care, assuring quality care, working with states and communities to plan and implement policies and programs to improve the social, emotional, and physical environment, and acquiring the best available evidence to develop and promote guidelines and practices to assure a social, emotional, and physical environment that supports the health and well-being of women and children. The National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) was designed to produce national- and state-specific prevalence estimates for a variety of physical, emotional, and behavioral health indicators and measures of children's experiences with the health care system. Respondents were asked an extensive battery of questions about the family, including parental health, stress and coping behaviors, family activities, and parental concerns about their children, as well as their perceptions of the child's neighborhood. Demographic information includes race, gender, family income, and education level.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Methods

    Response Rates: The weighted overall response rate was 55.3 percent.
  • Abstract


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2003
  • Collection date: 2003-01-29--2004-07-1
  • 2003-01-29
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Noninstitutionalized children aged 0 to 17 living in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: state
There were 102,353 children, selected through a random-digit-dial sample of households with children under 18 years of age, who were selected from each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia. One child was randomly selected from all children in each identified household to be the subject of the survey. The respondent was the parent or guardian who knew the most about the child's health and health care.
Collection Mode
  • computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI)
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 4691 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR04691.v1
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Update Metadata: 2019-09-04 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15