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Food Security Survey Module: Six-Item Short Form

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US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Abt Associates Inc.

"If respondent burden permits, use of the 18-item U.S. Household Food Security Survey Module or the 10-item U.S. Adult Food Security Survey Module is recommended. However, in surveys that cannot implement one of those measures, the six-item module may provide an acceptable substitute. It has been shown to identify food-insecure households and households with very low food security with reasonably high specificity and sensitivity and minimal bias compared with the 18-item measure. It does not, however, directly ask about children’s food security, and does not measure the most severe range of adult food insecurity, in which children’s food intake is likely to be reduced."

Listed in the SNAP-Ed Evaluation Framework Interpretive Guide.

Used to measure Indicator R6: Food Security