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National Health Interview Survey, 1988: Child Health Supplement

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
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Health Interview Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
birth; child care; child health; children; chronic disabilities; chronic illnesses; disabilities; families; health; health care; health care services; health problems; health status; household composition; illness
  • Abstract

    The basic purpose of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is to obtain information about the amount and distribution of illness, its effects in terms of disability and chronic impairments, and the kinds of health services people receive. This Child Health Supplement features in-depth questions covering family and household composition, biological mother/father information, mother's pregnancy and child's birth, and child care. Other questions concern the child's general health status, school, development, learning, behavior, and health services.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1988
  • Collection date: 1988
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Children (5-18 years old) of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
The NHIS used a multistage sample designed to represent the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States. The data collected in the NHIS are obtained through a complex design involving both clustering and stratification such that each person has a known nonzero probability of selection.
Collection Mode
  • Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS.

This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9375 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics (1990): National Health Interview Survey, 1988: Child Health Supplement. Archival Version. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.