National Archive of Criminal Justice Data

This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD), the criminal justice archive within ICPSR. NACJD is primarily sponsored by three agencies within the U.S. Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Survey of Parents and Children, 1990: [United States] (ICPSR 9595)

Principal Investigator(s): National Commission on Children


This data collection was designed to assess the well-being, attitudes, and life circumstances of American families. Interviews were conducted with a sample of parents and their children between the ages of 10 and 17. Children were asked questions about their neighborhood and school, such as whether they thought their neighborhood was a good place for children to grow up, whether they liked school, and whether they experienced peer pressure to engage in various behaviors. They were also asked how they spent their time during the summer, whether they could confide in their parents, and whether they often spent time in the house alone. Children who did not reside with their biological parents were asked about frequency and nature of contact with biological parents. Additional questions concerned weekend, after-school, and family activities. Parents were asked similar questions about their children's activities and behavior, as well as questions about their own attitudes and concerns regarding parenting.

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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DS2:  Data Dictionary
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Study Description


National Commission on Children. SURVEY OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN, 1990: [UNITED STATES]. ICPSR version. Washington, DC: Child Trends, Inc./Princeton, NJ: Princeton Survey Research/Ann Arbor, MI: DataStat [producers], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    after school programs, attitudes, children, families, family life, lifestyles, neighborhoods, parents, peer influence, recreation, schools

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1990

Date of Collection:   

  • 1990

Universe:    Parents in the continental United States living with their children.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The database dictionary is an ASCII text file, and the codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.


Sample:    National sample of 1,738 parents in the continental United States living with their children. Households with children aged 10 and over were oversampled, as were households with Black and Hispanic children. A sample of 929 children aged 10-17 living in households selected for the study was also interviewed.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-01-10

Version History:

  • 1999-05-12 SAS and SPSS data definition statements were added to this collection, and the codebook is now provided as a PDF file.

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