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The Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS) is a longitudinal study of families in Los Angeles County and of the neighborhoods in which they live. This codebook covers the second wave of L.A.FANS. Fieldwork for Wave 1 was begun in April 2000 and was completed in January 2002. Fieldwork for the second wave took place between August 2006 and December 2008. L.A.FANS was designed to answer key research and policy questions in three areas: the effects of neighborhoods and families on children's development; the effects of welfare reform at the neighborhood level; and the process of residential mobility and neighborhood change. L.A.FANS also provides a data set for studying other important social, economic, and policy issues, including: adult health and health disparities, immigrant well-being, social ties and neighborhood interaction, marriage patterns, ethnic identity, family survival strategies, family dynamics, health insurance coverage, and self-reported vs. measured health status.

Table of Contents

  • Section One


  • Section Two

    Survey Overview

  • Section Three

    L.A.FANS-2 Sample Design

  • Section Four

    L.A.FANS-2 Questionnaires

  • Section Five

    L.A.FANS-2 Fieldwork Procedures and Results

  • Section Six

    L.A.FANS-2 Sample Weights

  • Section Seven

    Data Entry and Questionnaire Programming Issues

  • Section Eight

    Data Cleaning

  • Section Nine

    File Structure and Data Format

  • Section Ten

    Data Conventions Used and Generated Variables

  • Section Eleven

    Identifying Households and Individuals

  • Section Twelve

    Linking L.A.FANS Data Within Wave 2 and With Wave 1

  • Appendix A

    Anthropometry and Blood Pressure Results Classification Scheme

  • Appendix B

    Imputed Income/Assets Data for L.A.FANS-2

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