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New Family Structures Study

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Regnerus, Mark (University of Texas at Austin)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
adopted children; adoptive parents; alcohol consumption; bullying; drug use; emotional states; family background; family life; family structure; gays and lesbians; health; health insurance; homosexual relationships; households; lifestyles; marital relations; marital status; Medicaid; parent child relationship; personal finances; physical condition; public assistance programs; religion; religious behavior; same-sex marriage; sexual abuse; sexual behavior; social interaction; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    The New Family Structure Study (NFSS) is a comparative, social-science data-collection project, which focused on American young adults (ages 18-39) who were raised in different types of family arrangements with varying household experiences. The sample included respondents that had lived in biologically-intact households, lived with cohabiting parents, adoptive, step, or single parents, with parents who had same-sex relationships, or with parents who remarried after divorce. Respondents were asked about a range of topics, including social behaviors: such as educational attainment and performance, work history, risk-taking, and religiosity; health behaviors: such as substance abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and emotional states (depression, anger, and stress), and relationships: including the quality and stability of romantic relationships, marital history, fertility, sexual orientation, and family connectedness. Additional questions asked whether respondents voted in the 2008 presidential election, how much time they spent on various activities; watching TV, gaming, and on social networking sites, and how many Facebook "friends" they had. Demographic information includes age, education level, race, gender, income, marital status, employment status, and household size.
  • Abstract

    Please refer to the Study Design section under Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR codebook.
  • Methods

    Once the sample was selected and fielded, and all the study data collected and made final, a post-stratification process was used to adjust for any survey non-response as well as any non-coverage or under- and over-sampling resulting from the study-specific sample design. Demographic and geographic distributions for the non-institutionalized, civilian population ages 18-39 from the most recent CPS were used as benchmarks in this adjustment. Please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR Codebook for additional information regarding weights.
  • 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: Please refer to Study Design in the Original P.I. Documentation section of the ICPSR codebook for information on response rates.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: New Family Structures Study
Temporal Coverage
  • 2011-08 / 2012-02
    Time period: 2011-08--2012-02
  • 2011-08-19 / 2012-02-21
    Collection date: 2011-08-19--2012-02-21
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Non-institutionalized adults aged 18 to 39 residing in the United States. Smallest Geographic Unit: state
Knowledge Networks sampled individuals aged 18 to 39 from its KnowledgePanel, a probability-based web panel designed to be representative of the United States. Among panelists who were no longer on the KnowledgePanel(R), Knowledge Networks sampled those who left the panel between January 2009 and August 2011. For more information on sampling, please refer to the Original P.I. Documentation in the ICPSR codebook.
Collection Mode
  • web-based survey

    For additional information on the New Family Structures Study, please visit the New Family Structures Study Web site.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 34392 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Regnerus, Mark. How different are the adult children of parents who have same-sex relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study. Social Science Research.41, (4), 752-770.2012.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.03.009 (DOI)
  • Regnerus, Mark. Parental same-sex relationships, family instability, and subsequent life outcomes for adult children: Answering critics of the new family structures study with additional analyses. Social Science Research.41, (6), 1367-1377.2012.
    • ID: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.08.015 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-16

Regnerus, Mark (2012): New Family Structures Study. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.