For children ages 5 to 17, PROBMOM reports how much of a problem the child has getting along with their mother on a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 is "No problem" and 5 is "A very big problem." Users may want to score PROBMOM with the complete Columbia Impairment Scale; see below.
IPUMS MEPS reports the universe for each variable based on a thorough review of the original MEPS documentation. Investigating the data may reveal cases that do not meet the stated universe. Users are encouraged to validate universes for their analyses.
PROBMOM is part of the Columbia Impairment Scale, which is collected on the Child Preventive Health Supplement. See LESSHLTHY for more information on the Child Preventive Health Supplement.
The Columbia Impairment Scale (CIS) is a 13-item scale that asks about possible child behavioral problems and can be used as a global measure of impairment. The scale asks about 4 major areas of functioning: interpersonal relationships, broad psychopathological domains, functioning in schoolwork, and use of leisure time. Beginning in 2018 the CIS is fielded every other year and will only be collected in odd years. See our user note for more details on this and other changes that occurred in 2018.
Some questions on the CIS are coded to "Asked, but inapplicable" (6) when the question did not apply for the child (e.g., how much of a problem the child has getting along with their siblings for children with no siblings).
To calculate a summary score for the CIS, sum responses to all items, excluding items where the response was "Asked, but inapplicable" (6) or an unknown response (codes 7, 8, and 9). Higher scores indicate greater impairment.
In addition to PROBMOM, other questions on the CIS are:
- PROBDAD: Child has problem getting along with dad
- PROBSAD: Child has problem with feeling unhappy or sad
- PROBSCBHV: Child has problem with behavior at school
- PROBFUN: Child has problem with having fun
- PROBADLTS: Child has problem getting along with other adults
- PROBNRVS: Child has problem with feeling nervous or afraid
- PROBSIBS: Child has problem getting along with siblings
- PROBKIDS: Child has problem getting along with other kids
- PROBACTVTY: Child has problem getting involved in activities
- PROBSCWRK: Child has problem with schoolwork
- PROBHMBHV: Child has problem with behavior at home
- PROBTRBL: Child has problem staying out of trouble
Codes and Frequencies
- 1999-2017, 2019: Children ages 5-17.
- 1999-2017, 2019
- 1999-2017, 2019 : PERWEIGHT