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Snapshots of America's Families III: Tracking Change 1997 - 2002

The first findings from the 2002 round of our National Survey of America's Families (NSAF) show how American families have changed since 1997. Snapshots paint a detailed portrait of health insurance coverage and use, marriage and family structure, family environment, child well-being, and participation in government programs. Because NSAF provides data for 1997, 1999, and 2002, Snapshots provide a first glimpse of how the sluggish economy is changing the lives of American families. With nearly 40,000 interviews, the robust NSAF sample provides reliable estimates for differences by income, race and ethnicity, age of children, and employment status.


Child and Family Well-Being


Welfare and Food Stamps


Health