For children ages 0 to 17 who weigh 40 pounds or less or, if their weight is missing, are ages 0 to 4, SFSTADV reports whether a doctor or other health provider has ever given advice about using a child safety seat while the child rides in the car.
Beginning in 2018 SFSTADV is fielded every other year and will only be collected in even years. See our user note for more details on this and other changes that occurred in 2018.
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. The child weight variable is not included in the public use MEPS data to preserve confidentiality.
SFSTADV is part of a series of questions asked about child preventive care, which is collected on the Child Preventive Health Supplement. See HGTMEAS for more information on the series of child preventive care questions and LESSHLTHY for more information on the Child Preventive Health Supplement.
Codes and Frequencies
- 2001-2018: Children ages 0-17 who weigh 40 pounds or less or, if their weight is missing, are ages 0-4.
- 2001-2018 : PERWEIGHT