Instruments and Measures

This web page provides descriptions and links to the instruments and measures used to collect the PHDCN data available from the PHDCN website.

Community Survey

Systematic Social Observation

Longitudinal Cohort Study

Information about copyrighted content

Some instruments administered as part of this study may contain in whole or in part contents from copyrighted instruments. Reproductions of the instruments that are available through the PHDCN website are provided as documentation for the analysis of the PHDCN data. Restrictions on "fair use" apply to all copyrighted content. More information about the Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians is available from the United States Copyright Office.


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Instruments Administered by Wave and Cohort

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Instruments by Type of Respondent

Instruments by Type of Characteristics Measured

Instrument Descriptions

The protocols used to measure individual and family characteristics for participants in the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) consisted of several types of assessment instruments, including self-report questionnaires, structured interview formats and educational tests. A list of all instruments which comprised the protocols for Wave 1, Wave 2, and Wave 3 of the PHDCN, along with a brief description and selected citations for each measure, is provided below. Information listed here includes in which waves the protocol was conducted. For the most part, instruments conducted across multiple waves kept the same naming convention. In the cases where the titles of instruments changed from wave to wave but measured the same construct, multiple titles are listed (e.g. Conflict Tactics Scale for Parent and Child / Caregiver-Subject Conflict Scale).

Longitudinal Cohort Study

Infant Assessment Unit