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

Principal Investigator(s): Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne, Columbia University; Garfinkel, Irwin, Columbia University; McLanahan, Sara S., Princeton University; Paxson, Christina, Princeton University

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.

The first four waves of this study (1997-2003) have been archived and are available for download at ICPSR-DSDR. Nine-Year Follow Up (Wave 5) data can be found through the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study page on Princeton's website.

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Dataset(s)

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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. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR31622.v1

Persistent URL: https://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 (R01HD036916)

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 Type(s):    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.

Time Method:    Longitudinal: Cohort/ Event-based

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.

Version(s)

Original ICPSR Release:   2011-11-28

Related Publications

Variables

Browse Matching Variables

DS4: Father's Core One-Year Follow-Up Survey -- Public Use

Was any of this time spent in youth/reform school correctional facilities?
Was any of this time spent in a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school? Include boot camps that are set up for youth offenders.
Have you ever spent time in correctional institution?
Have you ever spent time in a correctional institution, like a county jail, a state or federal prison, or a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school?

DS5: Mother's Core Three-Year Follow-Up Survey -- Public Use

Did you ever spend time in a youth correctional institution?
Did you ever spend time in a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school? Include boot camps that are set up for youth offenders.
How much time did you serve, altogether? (months)
Altogether, how much time did you serve in youth institutions?
In past year, have you participated in: group working with children?
Please tell me whether you have participated in any of the following in the past 12 months: An organization working with children or youth?
Have you ever spent time in a correctional institution?
Have you ever spent time in a correctional institution, like a county jail, a state or federal prison, or a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school?

DS6: Father's Core Three-Year Follow-Up Survey -- Public Use

Did you ever spend time in a youth correctional institution?
Did you ever spend time in a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school? Include boot camps that are set up for youth offenders.
How much time did you serve, altogether? (months)
Altogether, how much time did you serve in youth institutions?
In past year, have you participated in: group working with children?
Please tell me whether you have participated in any of the following in the past 12 months: An organization working with children or youth?
Have you ever spent time in a correctional institution?
Have you ever spent time in a correctional institution, like a county jail, a state or federal prison, or a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school?

DS9: Mother/Father Core Baseline and One, Three, and Five-Year Follow-Up Surveys Merged

Was any of this time spent in youth/reform school correctional facilities?
Was any of this time spent in a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school? Include boot camps that are set up for youth offenders.
Did you ever spend time in a youth correctional institution?
Did you ever spend time in a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school? Include boot camps that are set up for youth offenders.
Did you ever spend time in a youth correctional institution?
Did you ever spend time in a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school? Include boot camps that are set up for youth offenders.
How much time did you serve, altogether? (months)
Altogether, how much time did you serve in youth institutions?
How much time did you serve, altogether? (months)
Altogether, how much time did you serve in youth institutions?
In past year, have you participated in: group working with children?
Please tell me whether you have participated in any of the following in the past 12 months: An organization working with children or youth?
In past year, have you participated in: group working with children?
Please tell me whether you have participated in any of the following in the past 12 months: An organization working with children or youth?
Have you ever spent time in correctional institution?
Have you ever spent time in a correctional institution, like a county jail, a state or federal prison, or a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school?
Have you ever spent time in a correctional institution?
Have you ever spent time in a correctional institution, like a county jail, a state or federal prison, or a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school?
Have you ever spent time in a correctional institution?
Have you ever spent time in a correctional institution, like a county jail, a state or federal prison, or a youth correctional institution like a training school or reform school?

DS14: Child Care Providers -- Center-Based Care Interview

Policy if child abuse is suspected - contact child welfare agency
What is your center's policy if child abuse is suspected? Contact Health and Human Services/Youth Services/Child Welfare agency?
Policy if child abuse is suspected - no policy
What is your center's policy if child abuse is suspected? No policy?
Policy if child abuse is suspected - contact center director
What is your center's policy if child abuse is suspected? Contact center director?
Policy if child abuse is suspected - contact specialist
What is your center's policy if child abuse is suspected? Contact specialist?
Policy if child abuse is suspected - contact police
What is your center's policy if child abuse is suspected? Contact police?
Policy if child abuse is suspected - contact other authorities
What is your center's policy if child abuse is suspected? Contact other authorities?
Policy if child abuse is suspected - center staff cannot treat on own
What is your center's policy if child abuse is suspected? Center staff cannot treat on own?
Policy if child abuse is suspected - confront or talk to parent's
What is your center's policy if child abuse is suspected? Confront or talk to parents?
Policy if child abuse is suspected - other
What is your center's policy if child abuse is suspected? Other?

DS16: Child Care Providers -- Family Child Care/Kith and Kin Interview

What is your policy if child abuse is suspected - no policy
b13b_0 what is your policy if child abuse is suspected - no policy
What is your policy if child abuse is suspected - contact specialist
b13b_2 what is your policy if child abuse is suspected - contact specialist
Your policy if child abuse is suspected - contact health/human services/etc.
b13b_3 your policy if child abuse is suspected - contact health/human services/y
What is your policy if child abuse is suspected - contact police
b13b_4 what is your policy if child abuse is suspected - contact police
What is your policy if child abuse is suspected - contact other authorities
b13b_5 what is your policy if child abuse is suspected - contact other authoriti
What is your policy if child abuse is suspected - confront or talk to parents
b13b_8 what is your policy if child abuse is suspected - confront or talk to par
What is your policy if child abuse is suspected - other
b13b_9 what is your policy if child abuse is suspected - other

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