Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP)

Family Structure Snapshot

The Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) is composed of a series of panels that are nationally representative of non-institutional civilian households in the U.S. The main goal of SIPP is to measure the economic well-being of the adult civilian population and gauge the effectiveness of government programs. In an effort to provide social and economic context to the survey’s main objectives, rotating “topical modules” are used to collect information on various subjects including demographics, marriage, and fertility, among others. Specific questions related to family structure are included such as the relationship of each household member to all other members of the household; number of children in the household and the relationship of each child to the father and/or mother figure in the household (i.e., biological, step, adopted, foster); number of children ever fathered/given birth to; marital status; number of times married; years of first and/or last marriage(s), separation(s), divorce(s), and spouse’s death(s).

Suggested Citation:
National Center for Family & Marriage Research. Measures Snapshots: Name of Data Set.
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