Census Bureau

Appendix

Excerpts from the SIPP 1991 and 1992 Well-Being and the 1993 Wave 9 Basic Needs Topical Module Questionnaires:

ABILITY TO MEET EXPENSES

During the past 12 months, has there been a time when your household did not meet its essential expenses? By essential expenses, I mean things like the mortgage or rent payment, utility bills, or important medical care. __Yes __No __DK

In the past 12 months, has there been a time when your household-
a. did not pay full amount of rent or mortgage?
Did any person or organization help?
(Please look at Flashcard HH.) Who helped?
  __Yes __No __DK
  __Yes __No __DK
Mark (X) all that apply.

b. was evicted from your home/apartment for not paying the rent
  or mortgage?
Did any person or organization help?
(Please look at Flashcard HH.) Who helped?
  __Yes __No __DK
  __Yes __No __DK
Mark (X) all that apply.

c. did not pay full amount of the gas, oil, or electricity bills.
Did any person or organization help?
(Please look at Flashcard HH.) Who helped?
  __Yes __No __DK
  __Yes __No __DK
Mark (X) all that apply.

d. has service turned off by the gas or electric company, or oil company
  would not deliver oil?
Did any person or organization help?
(Please look at Flashcard HH.) Who helped?
  __Yes __No __DK
  __Yes __No __DK
Mark (X) all that apply.

e. had service disconnected by the telephone company because payments were
  not made?
Did any person or organization help?
(Please look at Flashcard HH.) Who helped?
  __Yes __No __DK
  __Yes __No __DK
Mark (X) all that apply.

f. had someone in your household who needed to see a doctor or go to
  the hospital but didn't go?
Did any person or organization help?
(Please look at Flashcard HH.) Who helped?
  __Yes __No __DK
  __Yes __No __DK
Mark (X) all that apply.

g. had someone who needed to see a dentist but didn't go?
Did any person or organization help?
(Please look at Flashcard HH.) Who helped?
  __Yes __No __DK
  __Yes __No __DK
Mark (X) all that apply.


In the 1991 and 1992 panels, the following question was asked:

FOOD ADEQUACY

Which of these statements best describes the food eaten in your household in the last four months (Read responses)?
__Enough of the kind of food we want
__Enough but not always the kinds of food we want to eat
__Sometimes not enough to eat
__Often not enough to eat


In the 1993 panel, the following wording was adopted:

FOOD ADEQUACY
The next few questions are about the food eaten in your household.

Which of the following statements best describes the amount of food eaten in your household (Read answer categories)?
__Enough food to eat
__Sometimes not enough to eat - Skip to 10
__Often not enough to eat - Skip to 10

Do you have enough and the kind of food you want to eat, or do you have enough but not always the kind of food you want to eat?
__Enough and the kind - Skip to 14
__Enough but not always the kind - Skip to 14

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division,
Education & Social Stratification Branch

Author: Kurt Bauman
Last Revised: October 31, 2011 at 10:03:11 PM