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Understanding family connections - especially related to economic, emotional, and physical support for each other - and how they change with age is a central concern behind the design of the HRS. The information below is it to help data users navigate the detailed information in HRS on family relationships.

RAND-HRS Family Data Files

In order to facilitate the use of the rich longitudinal data on family relationships in the HRS, we worked with researchers at the RAND Corporation to develop user-friendly files in a format conformable with the other RAND longitudinal files of HRS data.

Learn more about and access the RAND-HRS Family Data Files.

Help Creating Your Own Family Data file

Analysts who wish to create their own longitudinal family data files need to create files using a standard format for all waves of data. You can access instructions and sample SAS, SPSS and Stata code for Creating Parent Files with One Record per Respondent.

Other resources to help create your own family data files:

Family Data Content by Questionnaire Section


Content
1992 HRS
(Wave 1)

1993 AHEAD
(Wave 1)

1994 HRS
(Wave 2)

1995 AHEAD
(Wave 2)

1996 HRS
(Wave 3)

1998 HRS 2000 HRS 2002 HRS 2004 HRS
Preload
Coversheet
Demographics
-
CS
A
-
CS
A
PRE
CS
A
PRE
CS
A
-
CS
A
-
CS
A
-
CS
A
-
A
B
-
A
B
Health Status
Health Care Utilization
Health Care Costs
ADLs
B
-
-
-
B
E
E
E
B
-
-
-
B
E
E
E
B
E
E
E
B
E
E
E
B
E
E
E
C
N
N
G
C
N
N
G
Family Structure
Transfers
Coversheet
E
D
-
E
EE
D
-
D
-
D
-
D
-
E
F
E
F
Widowhood
S
N
-

S

-
N

N

N

S

S

Divorce
Event History
-
-
-
-
S
-
-
-
-
-
N
EV
N
-
S
W
S
W
Experimental Modules


B
C
G

3
4
7
9
6
7
8

1
2
3
6
7
2
6
7
8
1
3
4

4
5
7

6



6





Family Data Content by Codebook Section


Content
1992 HRS
(Wave 1)

1993 AHEAD
(Wave 1)

1994 HRS
(Wave 2)

1995 AHEAD
(Wave 2)

1996 HRS
(Wave 3)

1998 HRS 2000 HRS 2002 HRS 2004 HRS
Preload (Respondent)       PR PR PR PR PR PR
Preload (HHMemberChild)       PR PR PR PR PR PR
Preload (Sibling)         PR PR PR PR PR
Cover Screen (HouseHold)     CS CS     CS A A
Cover Screen (Respondent) V1-V15
V21-V144
  CS CS CS CS CS A A
Cover Screen (HHMemberChild)       CS CS CS CS    
Demographics (Respondent) A A A A A A A B B
Family Structure (HouseHold) V8201-V8224 V8301-V8310 D E
W8301-W8310
D D D D E E
Family Structure (Respondent) E   E
W8201-W8235
D     D F F
Family Structure (ToChild)   D   D D D D E E
Family Structure (HHMemberChild) V8001-V8020 D
D
W8001-W8028 D D D D E E
Family Structure (Sibling) V8101-V8113 D W8101-W8114   D D D F F
Family Structure (FromChild)   D   D D D D E E
Health Care Utilization and ADLs (Respondent)   E
E
E
  E E E E G G
Health Care Utilization and ADLs (Helper)   E   E E E E G G
Assets and Income (HHMemberChild)       J J        
Asset Change and Widowhood (HouseHold)     S N N N N    
Asset Change (HouseHold)               R R
Asset Change and Widowhood (Respondent) S J S N N N N    
Widowhood and Divorce (Respondent)               S S
Modules (Respondent) Mod C
Mod G
Mod 3
Mod 4
Mod 7
Mod 9
Mod 6
Mod 7
Mod 8
M M M M V V


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