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Household rasch food security score, 30-day

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95: Raw score equals zero, no scale score
98: No response
99: NIU


FSRASCHM records the Rasch scale scores assigned to households based on each of their responses to items in the 30-day food security questionnaire. The Rasch model was used to develop cut-offs scores for the 30-day categorical measure of food insecurity (FSSTATUSM).

Note that Rasch scores are not assigned to households with zero reported food insecure conditions or to households that are screened out of the food security section of the supplement.

This variable is part of the Food Security Supplement.


FSRASCHM is available since 2005, when households were first asked the full 18-item 30-day food security questionnaire. Rasch scores for food security in the past year are available since 1998 in FSRASCH.

In 1998, 1999, and 2007, food security data are not available for all rotation groups. The food security status weight FSHWTSCALE should be used when analyzing the food security scales.

In 2019, FSDAYCHM was not available in public use data as the number of responses did not meet Census disclosure requirements. As a result, FSDAYCHM data was not used in assessing 30 day food security status.


  • 2005-2006, 2008+: All households.
  • Dec 2007: All households in months-in-sample 1, 2, 4-7.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2005 – 2022 - - - - - - - - - - - X


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