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Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study [Public Use Data] (ICPSR 31622) RSS

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Summary:

The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study follows a cohort of new parents and their children and provides previously unavailable information about the conditions and capabilities of new unwed parents and the well-being of their children. Mothers and fathers were interviewed in the hospital shortly after the birth of their children. The baseline questionnaires for mothers and fathers include information on (1) prenatal care, (2) mother-father relationships, (3) expectations about fathers' rights and responsibilities, (4) attitudes toward marriage, (5) parents' health, (6) social support and extended kin, (7) knowledge about local policies and community resources, and (8) education, employment, and income. Follow-up interviews gather additional information including (1) access to and use of healthcare and childcare services, (2) experiences with local welfare and child support agencies, (3) parental conflict and domestic violence, and (4) child health and well-being.

Access Notes

  • These data are freely available.

Dataset(s)

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DS1:  Mother's Core Baseline Survey -- Public Use - Download All Files (69.3 MB)
DS2:  Father's Core Baseline Survey -- Public Use - Download All Files (71.4 MB)
DS3:  Mother's Core One-Year Follow-Up Survey -- Public Use - Download All Files (127.5 MB)
DS4:  Father's Core One-Year Follow-Up Survey -- Public Use - Download All Files (138.4 MB)
DS5:  Mother's Core Three-Year Follow-Up Survey -- Public Use - Download All Files (174 MB) large dataset
DS6:  Father's Core Three-Year Follow-Up Survey -- Public Use - Download All Files (178.7 MB) large dataset
DS7:  Mother's Core Five-Year Follow-Up Survey -- Public Use - Download All Files (171.8 MB) large dataset
DS8:  Father's Core Five-Year Follow-Up Survey -- Public Use - Download All Files (175.7 MB) large dataset
DS9:  Mother/Father Core Baseline and One, Three, and Five-Year Follow-Up Surveys Merged - Download All Files (807.2 MB) large dataset
Documentation:
DS11:  Three-Year In-Home Activity Booklet Section: Employment History and Child Care Calendars - Download All Files (36.9 MB)
DS13:  Child Care Providers -- Center-Based Care Observations (ECERS) - Download All Files (4.2 MB)
DS14:  Child Care Providers -- Center-Based Care Interview - Download All Files (11 MB)
DS15:  Child Care Providers -- Family Provider Observations (FDCRS) - Download All Files (4.2 MB)
DS16:  Child Care Providers -- Family Child Care/Kith and Kin Interview - Download All Files (10.5 MB)
DS17:  Child Care Providers -- Post Observation Form - Download All Files (4.5 MB)
DS18:  Five-Year In-Home Activity Booklet Section: Employment History and Child Care Calendars - Download All Files (28.4 MB)
DS20:  Kindergarten Study -- Teacher Survey - Download All Files (6.6 MB)

Study Description

Citation

Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne, Irwin Garfinkel, Sara S. McLanahan, and Christina Paxson. Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study [Public Use Data]. ICPSR31622-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-12-06. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR31622.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (043407)
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01HD03G916)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   child care, child health, child rearing, child welfare, children, demographic characteristics, domestic responsibilities, families, family relationships, fathers, marital status, marriage, parents, unwed mothers

Smallest Geographic Unit:   city

Geographic Coverage:   Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, California, Chicago, Corpus Christi, Detroit, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Jersey, New York (state), New York City, Newark, Norfolk, Oakland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Richmond, San Antonio, San Jose, Santa Ana, Tennessee, Texas, Toledo, United States, Virginia, Wisconsin

Time Period:  

  • 1997--2003

Date of Collection:  

  • 1997--2003

Unit of Observation:   individual

Data Types:   observational data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional publications using the Fragile Families data can be found on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study Web site.

Methodology

Sample:   This national study uses a stratified random sample of all United States cities with 200,000 or more people. The stratification was not geographic; rather, it was according to policy environments and labor market conditions in the different cities. The sampling occurred in three stages: First cities, second, hospitals within cities, and third, births within hospitals. The total sample size is 4,700 families, made up of 3,600 unwed couples and 1,100 married couples. The data is representative of non-marital births in each of 20 cities, and is also representative of non-marital births in United States cities with populations over 200,000. Follow-up interviews with both parents take place when the child is 12, 30, and 48 months old. Data on child health and development is collected from the parents during each of the follow-up interviews, and in-home assessments of child well-being are carried out at 30 and 48 months.

Weight:   A fully-documented weight file is included with the data.

Mode of Data Collection:   coded on-site observation, cognitive assessment test, face-to-face interview

Response Rates:   Response rates were: 90 percent of mothers, 75 percent of fathers.

Presence of Common Scales:   PPVT/TVIP, Walk-A-Line, Q-Sort, Woodcock-Johnson Letter-Word Recognition Test, Attention Sustained Task

Extent of Processing:  ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.

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