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National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), Wave 2 (1992-1994)

The National Survey of Families and Households Wave 2 interviews included personal interviews with the original respondents (N=10,007), and personal interviews with the current spouse or cohabiting partners. Spouse/partner (N=5624) interviews were almost identical to the interview with the main respondent. Personal interviews were conducted with NSFH1 spouses or partners for relationships that had ended (N=789). Separate telephone interviews were conducted with "focal children" who were ages 13-18 at the first wave and 18-23 at the second (N=1090). A shorter telephone interview was conducted with "focal children" who were originally ages 5-12 and 10-17 at NSFH2 (N=1415). Young focal child interviews have somewhat different content for the two age ranges. Short proxy interviews were conducted with a spouse or other relative in cases where the original respondent had died or was too ill to interview (N=802). Telephone interviews were conducted with parents-one randomly selected parent per respondent (N=3348). Wave 2 data combined with wave 1 data allow researchers to study union formation and dissolution with the implications of cohabitation. Attitudes and behaviors from both male and female respondents provide a detailed picture on the transition from cohabitation to marriage, factors and effects of nonmarital childbearing among cohabitated couples, and differences on union stability.