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National Health Interview Survey, 1987: Adoption Supplement

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Health Interview Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
adopted children; adoption; chronic disabilities; chronic illnesses; disabilities; health; health care; health problems; illness; place of birth
  • Abstract

    In 1987, the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) questionnaire included a special section that queried female respondents aged 20 through 54 about adoption. Their responses to the supplement are recorded in this dataset, along with other information about them derived from the core 1987 questionnaire. The special section on adoption asked if any children had ever been adopted, the number that were adopted, and whether these children currently lived in the household. Additional questions in the supplement inquired about the two most recent adoptions: how the adoptions were arranged, the adoptive mother's relationship to the adopted children before adoption, when and how old the adopted children were when they began living with the adoptive mother, the date of birth of the adopted children, and whether the adopted children were born in the United States. Variables from the core questionnaire include height, weight, age, race, Hispanic origin, type of living quarters, region and metropolitan status of residence, marital status, veteran status, education, family income, health status, industry, occupation, activity limitation status, medical conditions, restricted activity days in the past two weeks, bed days in the past two weeks and past 12 months, time interval since the last doctor visit, and the number of doctor visits and short-stay hospital episodes in the past two months.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1987
  • Collection date: 1987
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian noninstitutionalized population residing in the United States.
Stratified multistage area probability sample of dwelling units. Blacks were oversampled. Hispanics were oversampled within the subsample selected to be interviewed for the special cancer topics covered by the 1987 NHIS.
Collection Mode
  • Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. The data contain ampersands, dashes, and blanks as legitimate codes. Data from the core questionnaire of the 1987 NHIS have been released as NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1987 (ICPSR 9195). Age distribution (all female): 20-24 (N=4,865), 25-34 (N=10,817), 35-44 (N=9,167), 45-54 (N=6,275).

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9342 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Stolley, Kathy S.. Statistics on Adoption in the United States. Adoption.Los Altos, CA: The David and Lucille Packard Foundation. 1993.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics (1990): National Health Interview Survey, 1987: Adoption Supplement. Version 1. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.