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Am J Public Health. 1999 Aug;89(8):1231-4.

The effectiveness of a short form of the Household Food Security Scale.

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National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, Md. 20782, USA. swb5@cdc.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

On the basis of an 18-item Household Food Security Scale, a short form was developed to assess financially based food insecurity and hunger in surveys of households with and without children.

METHODS:

To maximize the probability that households would be correctly classified with respect to food insecurity and hunger, 6 items from the full scale were selected on the basis of April 1995 Current Population Survey data.

RESULTS:

The short form classified 97.7% of households correctly and underestimated the prevalence of overall food insecurity and of hunger by 0.3 percentage points.

CONCLUSIONS:

The short form of the Household Food Security Scale is a brief but potentially useful tool for national surveys and some state/local applications.

PMID:
10432912
PMCID:
PMC1508674
DOI:
10.2105/ajph.89.8.1231
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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