Finding Data: Data on Children & Families
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- Selected Resources for: Children & Families - Non USA
- American Family Data Archive (AFDA)
Contains data sets relating to family structure, marriage, divorce, family formation, child & family well being, child care, and other topics of importance to family research. Part of Sociometrics.
- Americans' Changing Lives: Waves I-IV (1986, 1989, 1994, and 2002)
Focusing especially on differences between black and white Americans in middle & late life, these data constitute the first 4 waves in a national longitudinal panel survey covering a wide range of sociological, psychological, mental, and physical health items. Among the topics covered are interpersonal relationships (spouse/partner, children, parents, friends), sources and levels of satisfaction, social interactions and leisure activities, traumatic life events (physical assault, serious illness, divorce, death of a loved one, financial or legal problems), perceptions of retirement, health behaviors (smoking, alcohol consumption, overweight, rest), and utilization of health care services (doctor visits, hospitalization, nursing home institutionalization, bed days). Also included are measures of physical health, psychological well-being, and indices referring to cognitive functioning. Background information provided for individuals includes household composition, number of children and grandchildren, employment status, occupation and work history, income, family financial situation, religious beliefs and practices, ethnicity, race, education, sex, and region of residence.
- Building Strong Families (BSF) Project Data Collection, 2005-2008, United States
Examined the effectiveness of programs designed to improve child well-being and strengthen the relationships of low-income couples through relationship skills education. Surveyed couples 15 months after having applied and having been accepted into a BSF program at one of 8 locations offering services to unwed couples expecting, or having recently had a baby. The 1st major focus of the study was family structure. Question topics included information on recently born children, as well as the parents and their relationship status. If the parents were still together, respondents were asked whether they were currently married or planned to marry in the future. If no longer together, reasons for the relationship ending were explored. The 2nd major focus queried respondents about parental involvement with their child or children. They were then asked to rate their perceived quality as parents, their communication skills, and cooperation between parental responsibilities. Respondents were also questioned regarding the amount of time spent by each parent with their child, including playing games, feeding, and changing diapers. The 3rd major focus asked respondents about their relationships. They were asked to give their opinions of marriage and their level of satisfaction in their current relationship. Respondents were also asked to list the frequency, if applicable, of various occurrences within their relationship. Subjects included communication, enjoyment of each others' company, partner reliability, infidelity, and domestic violence. The 4th major focus queried respondents on their well-being. They were asked whether they attended religious services, how they felt in the past month about being a parent, and their feelings and behavior during the past week. Respondents were further asked if these feelings or problems made it difficult for them to work or communicate with other people. They were also asked about consumption of alcoholic beverages in the past year, and if alcohol use created problems with employment. The 5th major focus questioned respondents about the utilization of various services. They were asked if they participated in any programs such as classes, workshops, or group sessions in order to help their relationship. They were also asked if they had met with someone, such as a social worker or a priest, to help them work on their relationship. Respondents were asked if they participated in programs to improve parenting skills, learn job skills, increase education, or find employment. They were also asked if they participated in any programs to help with anger management or domestic violence. The 6th major focus dealt with paternity and child support. Respondents were asked if they voluntarily signed a birth certificate or document identifying them as the mother or father. They were asked if they were legally required to provide child support, the amount of that support, and if they gave money in addition to child support to help with the cost of raising the child or children. The 7th major focus dealt with family self-sufficiency. Respondents were asked if they or their partner performed any work for pay during the past year, the past month, and their earnings during those times. They were then asked if they received any additional sources of income such as welfare, disability insurance, and unemployment. Respondents were then asked if they and their partner combined some, all, or none of their money. They were asked how the responsibility for bill payment was divided between partners and if, at any point, they had difficulty paying bills. Respondents were also asked if they owned a car, rented or owned a home, and whether they were covered by health insurance. Lastly they were asked about their health and who they could count on in an emergency. The final major focus explored parental well-being. Respondents were asked if they were currently in prison or jail, had ever been arrested, had served a jail or prison sentence in the past and, if so, how long they were incarcerated. Additional information collected included country of origin of the respondent and the respondent's parents, who they spent most of their life with prior to age 18, whether they lived with both of their biological parents at the same time, and if their parents were married. Respondents were also asked about their previous sexual experience. Demographic data includes race, education level, age, income, and marital status.
- Cal-Learn Study of Teenage Mothers
Study of Cal-Learn, a California program to help pregnant and custodial teen parents on AFDC to stay in school and obtain a high school diploma or its equivalent. Available data include Assistance History Files, County and Case Management Data, and survey data. Asks questions about the teen's life experiences both before and after becoming pregnant and enrolling in Cal-Learn.
Wave I was conducted between April 24, 1996 and April 12, 1999. Wave II, follow-up telephone interviews with participants from Wave I, was conducted between July 22, 1997 and October 31, 1999.
Sample Size: Wave I - 2,768; Wave II - 2,022.
Cal-Learn Study of Teenage Mothers (Electronic File)
Producer: Research Branch, California Department of Social Services and UC Data Archive & Technical Assistance
Distributor: UC Data Archive & Technical Assistance
- California Work Pays Demonstration Project: County Welfare Administrative Data, 1992-1998
Documents the dynamics of family poverty and welfare in California. Includes data on the individual, household, welfare and employment characteristics of AFDC recipients and households, during and after their participation in the welfare system.
- CalWORKS Datasets
Statewide evaluation of the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) Program. Inclues the 1998 and 1999 All County Information Surveys.
- Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement (CJRP) (1997+)
Administered every other year, in odd-numbered years. Replaced the Census of Public and Private Juvenile Detention, Correctional, and Shelter Facilities, also known as the Children in Custody (CIC) census, which had been conducted since the early 1970s.
- Census of Public and Private Juvenile Detention, Correctional, and Shelter Facilities (1971+)
Information on the population and characteristics of public (through 1984-1985) or public and private (1986-1987 and beyond) juvenile facilities in operation in the United States each February. Annual data for the previous calendar year are included as well. Residential programs and group homes were included in the census if they housed three or more residents, if at least 50% of the residents were juveniles, and if accused or adjudicated delinquents and status offenders were at least 1% of their average daily population. In California, however, all California Youth Authority Facilities were included in the census. Juvenile facilities operated as part of adult jails were excluded, as were nonresidential facilities, facilities exclusively for drug or alcohol abusers or nonoffenders, and federal juvenile correctional facilities.
- Chicago Longitudinal Study, 1986-1989
Investigated the educational and social development of a same-age cohort of 1,539 low-income, minority children (93 percent African American) who grew up in high-poverty neighborhoods in central-city Chicago and attended government-funded kindergarten programs in the Chicago Public Schools in 1985-1986. Children were at risk of poor outcomes because they face social-environmental disadvantages including neighborhood poverty, family low-income status, and other economic and educational hardships. For an overview, see the Resource Guide.
- Child Abuse Statistics and Research Reference Guide For Social Workers
Research guide prepared by University of New England on sources of child abuse statistics and data.
- Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) Administrative Data (2001+)
The Child Care Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services provides federal Child Care and Development Fund dollars to States, Territories, and Tribes to provide assistance to low-income families receiving or transitioning from temporary public assistance, in obtaining quality child care so they can work, or depending on their state's policy, attend training or receive education. The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 requires states and territories to collect information on all family units receiving assistance through the CCDF and to submit monthly case-level data. States are permitted to report case-level data for the entire population or a sample of the population, under approved sampling guidelines.
- Child Care Licensing Survey Series (2005+)
The National Association for Regulatory Administration (NARA) and the National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center (NCCIC) survey all state child care licensing agencies to compile information about state child care licensing processes and policies for licensing child care centers and small and large/group family child care (FCC) homes. This series focuses on the processes and policies in each state related to licensing program staffing, facility monitoring, and enforcement of licensing regulations.
- Child Well-Being and Poverty Data Archive (Sociometrics)
Collection of statistical data on child well-being and poverty. Includes data on the structure of child well-being and poverty; factors that contribute to poverty and child well-being; the consequences of child poverty; and evaluations of education, welfare, and other programs.
- Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS)
Designed to study the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation which is defined broadly as U.S.-born children with at least one foreign-born parent or children born abroad but brought at an early age to the United States.
- Data Archive on Adolescent Pregnancy and Pregnancy Prevention (DAAPPP)
In 1994, the scope of DAAPPP was expanded to include studies that focus more broadly on adolescent sexual health issues, thereby including studies examining behavioral factors related to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in addition to pregnancy.
- Detroit Area Studies
Initiated in 1951. Has been carried out nearly every year till the present. Provides reliable data on the Greater Detroit community. Each survey probes a different aspect of personal and public life, economic and political behavior, political attitudes, professional and family life, and living experiences in the Detroit metropolitan area. Includes The Detroit Arab American Study (DAAS) (2003).
- Early Childhood Longitudinal Study
Includes 3 longitudinal studies that examine child development, school readiness, and early school experiences. The birth cohort of the ECLS-B is a sample of children born in 2001 and followed from birth through kindergarten entry. The kindergarten class of 1998-99 cohort is a sample of children followed from kindergarten through the 8th grade. The kindergarten class of 2010-11 cohort will follow a sample of children from kindergarten through the 5th grade.
Available on CD; check the library catalog for the most current release. Also see the NCES site. For an overview, see the Resource Guide.
- Early Years of Marriage Study, 1986-1989
This 4-year longitudinal study investigated factors related to marital stability in the early years of marriage. Subjects were residents of Wayne County, Michigan who were less than age 35 at marriage. The key areas of study included the following: premarriage factors (social status, family background); marital factors (cognitions, interpersonal perceptions, and attitudes); perceived and actual interactions as a couple; stresses and social network; and marital feelings.
- Evaluation of Children's Futures: Improving Health and Development Outcomes for Children in Trenton, New Jersey, 2001-2005
The Children's Futures initiative was designed to enhance the health and well-being of children from birth to age 3 in Trenton, New Jersey through 3 major strategies: (1) Improving access to prenatal care and strengthening effective parenting; (2) Improving the quality of child care; and (3) Strengthening and sustaining positive involvement of fathers in their children's lives. The data collection efforts included a baseline survey of the Trenton community conducted in 2002 and surveys of Trenton child care providers conducted in 2003, 2004, and 2005. In addition, births records for Trenton, Camden, and Newark were obtained from the New Jersey State Department of Health. The data from the 2002 community survey represents a baseline picture of the primary caregivers of children ages 0-5 in Trenton on a set of outcomes, among them parenting behaviors and strategies that the initiative hoped to influence. Like the baseline community survey, the follow-up surveys interviewed the primary caregivers of children aged 0-5 in Trenton households about child and parental health, parenting practices, fathers' involvement in their children's lives, health insurance and health care utilization, attendance at parenting groups or classes, and utilization of child care. In addition, the surveys collected information on country of birth, year of immigration, race, Hispanic origin, education, employment status, alcohol use, earnings, and household income. The community surveys followed a repeated cross-sectional design. That is, individual community residents were not followed over time; rather, at each wave of data collection, a new sample of respondents were interviewed. This followups are Evaluation of Children's Futures: Improving Health and Development Outcomes for Children in Trenton, New Jersey: Second Community Survey, 2008 and Third Community Survey, 2010
- Family Life Project: A Longitudinal Adoption Study, 1969-1989
Examined the influence of adoption on child and family development in intraracial, transracial, single-parent, and two-parent adoptive and biological families.
- Family Planning Survey (1999-2002)
Data is available from the Philippines Data Catalog. Each researcher must sign an agreement.
- Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
Follows a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly 3/4 of whom were born to unmarried parents). Refers to unmarried parents and their children as fragile families to underscore that they are families and that they are at greater risk of breaking up and living in poverty than more traditional families. Designed to primarily address 4 questions: (1) What are the conditions and capabilities of unmarried parents, especially fathers?; (2) What is the nature of the relationships between unmarried parents?; (3) How do children born into these families fare?; and (4) How do policies and environmental conditions affect families and children?
Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (Electronic File)
Principal investigator: Sara McLanahan & Christina Paxson (Princeton University) and Irwin Garfinkel, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Ron Mincy, & Jane Waldfogel (Columbia University)
- Ghana: Savelugu-Nanton Household Survey Dataset, 2001
In 2000, UNICEF Ghana and IFPRI agreed upon a program of action research to evaluate the scope for food-based strategies to reduce micronutrient undernutrition in Ghana. This survey is one of the early steps in the program of action research to evaluate the effectiveness of food-based strategies to increase the consumption of micronutrient-rich foods, especially among young children and women of reproductive age. Collected information about agricultural production, food consumption, nutritional status, use of credit, education, community infrastructure and services, and a range of other topics. Provides baseline information on conditions that existed prior to the implementation of the program interventions. A follow-up survey was conducted in 2004 to evaluate the impact of the program not only on the consumption of micronutrient-rich foods, but also on a number of other outcomes of interest, including access to and use of credit, children's nutritional status, women's control of resources, and household incomes. Must be requested from IFPRI.
Sample Size: 1,684 households living in 64 communities
- Ghana: Savelugu-Nanton Household Survey Dataset, 2004
Cross-sectional survey that, when paired with the baseline survey conducted in 2001, formed the basis for an IFPRI-led impact evaluation of interventions sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to increase the micronutrient content of young children's diets.
- Growth of American Families, 1955-1960
Women were asked questions about fertility and contraception, including contraceptive use and pregnancy histories, opinions on childbearing and childrearing, expectation of further children, etc. Background information such as marital history, education, income, religion, social characteristics, and place of residence was also collected. Also available through ICPSR.
- Guatemala: Strengthening and Evaluation of the Hogares Comunitarios Program in Guatemala City, 1999
Designed to provide a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the operations and impact of the Hogares Comunitarios program, a day care program under the auspices of the office of the First Lady of Guatemala. 2 surveys were carried out: a random sample of 1340 households in one municipio of Guatemala City; and an impact evaluation sample of 550 households divided into participating and control households. Topics in the random sample survey include mother's income and employment status and history; assets; social capital; literacy and schooling; children under seven and mother's anthropometry; household composition, child care arrangements; family history; and hygiene spot check. Topics in the impact evaluation sample survey include household income; employment; household value of consumed goods; assets; social capital; literacy and schooling; morbidity of children 2-5 years old; anthropometry of 2-5 year olds and mother; household composition; child care arrangements; hamily history; hygiene spot check; house construction material; availability of water, sanitation, garbage-removal services; and child's diet. Must be requested from IFPRI.
- Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) Series (United States) (1995-1998, 2001-2002, 2005-2006)
Cross-national, school-based research study conducted in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office in Europe begun in 1982 to collect information on health-related attitudes and behaviors of young people. Based on nationally independent surveys in as many as 30 participating countries. The target population is young people attending school, aged 11, 13, and 15 years old. These age groups represent the onset of adolescence, the challenge of physical and emotional changes, and the middle years when important life and career decisions are beginning to be made. The survey is carried out on a nationally representative sample in each participating country. The sample consists of approximately 1,500 adolescents from each age group. The United States was one of 3 countries chosen to implement the survey out of cycle. The study results can be used as stand-alone data or for comparisons to the other countries involved in the international HBSC. The HBSC has 2 main objectives: (1) to monitor health-risk behaviors and attitudes in youth over time to obtain background data and identify targets for health promotion initiatives and (2) to provide researchers with relevant information to understand and explain the development of health attitudes and behaviors through early adolescence. Contains variables dealing with many types of drugs and also examines the ease of obtaining drugs, frequency of drug usage, and other health behaviors and their history such as eating habits, family make-up, depression, stealing, fighting, bringing weapons to school, anger management, attention span at school, and opinions about school.
- Impact of Childhood Behavior Problems on Child Care and Employment Decision-Making: A Nationally Representative Panel Study
Nationally representative panel study of parents and children. Designed to determine the type of employment problems that parents directly attribute to difficulties in securing child care by using a household approach and to identify whether having a child with behavior problems or chronic illness is independently associated with child care-related employment problems in the United States.
- In-Home Longitudinal Study of Pre-School Aged Children.
This module of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study collects data from a subset of the Fragile Families Core respondents at the three- and five-year follow-ups to ask how parental resources in the form of parental presence or absence, time, and money influence children under the age of five.
The In-Home Study collects information on a variety of domains of the child's environment, including: the physical environment (quality of housing, nutrition and food security, health care, adequacy of clothing and supervision) and parenting (parental discipline, parental attachment, and cognitive stimulation). In addition, the Study also collects information on several important child outcomes, including anthropometrics, child behaviors, and cognitive ability. This information has been collected through: interviews with the child's primary caregiver, and direct observation of the child's home environment and the child's interactions with his or her caregiver.
Sample Size: 3288
In-Home Longitudinal Study of Pre-School Aged Children. (Electronic File)
Principal investigator: Paxson, Christina
Distributor: The Office of Population Research at Princeton University
Version: October 2005
- Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) (1986+)
System of surveys designed to collect data from all primary providers of postsecondary education. Study components include earned degrees/completions, Fall enrollment, Fall staff, finance statistics, institutional characteristics, and salaries, tenure, and fringe benefits of full-time instructional faculty. See the help guide for instructions on how to use. Preceded by HEGIS which covered 1965-1986. For comparisons between the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, Common Core of Data, Schools and Staffing Survey, and the Private School Universe Survey see the comparison chart. The Delta Cost Project contains longitudinal database derived from IPEDS finance, enrollment, staffing, completions and student aid data for academic years 1986-87 through 2009-10. This is partially contained in an easy to use format in Trends in College Spending (TCS) Online.
- Intergenerational Study of Parents and Children (1962-1985) [Detroit]
Provides information on family formation & dissolution among young adults. Families who had given birth to their first, second, or fourth child in 1961 comprised the group of Detroit-area Caucasian couples who were interviewed and surveyed over the period 1962-1985. The resulting longitudinal study encompasses six waves of data collected from mothers across the entire span of their offspring's childhood. Included are demographic, social, and economic information about the parental family; information about the attitudes, values, and behavior of both the mother and the father; and information about the mother's desires and expectations for her child's education, career attainments, and marriage. The collection also offers two waves of interview data collected from the children at ages 18 through 23. These data describe the young adults' attitudes and values; their expectations for school, work, marriage, and childbearing; and their perceptions of their parents' willingness to be of assistance to them. A 1985 Life History Calendar file details the young adults' periods of cohabitation, marriage, separation, divorce, childbearing, living arrangements, education, paid employment, and military service.
- Iowa Youth and Families Project, 1989-1992 (IYFP)
Contains the first 4 waves. Developed from an initial sample of 451 7th graders from 2-parent families in rural Iowa. Merged with the Iowa Single Parent Project (ISPP) to form the Iowa Family Transitions Project in 1994, when the target youth were seniors in high school. Survey data were collected from the target child (7th grader), a sibling within 4 years of age of the target child, and both parents. Field interviewers visited families at their homes on several occasions to administer questionnaires and videotape interaction tasks including family discussion tasks, family problem-solving tasks, sibling interaction tasks, and marital interaction tasks. The Household Data files contain information about the family's financial situation, involvement in farming, and demographic information about household members. The Parent and the Child Survey Data files contain responses to survey questions about the quality and stability of family relationships, emotional, physical, and behavioral problems of individual family members, parent-child conflict, family problem-solving skills, social and financial support from outside the home, traumatic life experiences, alcohol, drug, and tobacco use, and opinions on topics such as abortion, parenting, and gender roles. In addition, the Child Survey Data files include responses collected from the target child and his or her sibling in the study about experiences with puberty, dating, sexual activity, and risk-taking behavior. The Problem-Solving Data files contain survey data collected from respondents about the family interactions tasks. The Observational Data files contain the interviewers' observations collected during these tasks. Demographic variables include sex, age, employment status, occupation, income, home ownership, religious preference, frequency of religious attendance, as well as the ages and sex of all household members and their relationship to the head of household. Demographic information collected on the parents also includes their birth order within their family, the ages and political philosophy of their parents, the sex, age, education level, and occupation of their siblings, and the country of origin of their ancestors.
- Juvenile Court Statistics (1982-1997)
Volume of juvenile cases disposed by courts having jurisdiction over juvenile matters (delinquency, status offense, and dependency cases).
- Kids Count Data from the The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF)
Non-profit organization that works on behalf of disadvantaged children and collects data on benchmarks of child well-being.
- LAPOP - Latin American Public Opinion Project
Surveys analyzing citizen views on system support, political tolerance, citizen participation, local government, corruption, and views on authoritarianism for Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela as well as for Albania, Israel, and Madagascar.
- Longitudinal Study of African-American Oldest Old, 1988-1996
Purpose was to understand the functioning and family structure of White American and African American oldest old. The researcher examined how the participants manage their physical environment, maintain social relations, and sustain a sense of well-being.
- Making Connections
One component of a 10-year neighborhood-based initiative sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Examines mobility, social capital and networks, neighborhood processes, civic engagement, economic hardship, the availability and utilization of services, and child and adolescent well-being. Data were collected in a set of 10 disadvantaged urban communities across the United States that are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, immigrant populations, and physical and economic characteristics. The communities are located in Denver, Des Moines, Indianapolis, San Antonio, Seattle (White Center), Hartford, Milwaukee, Oakland, Providence, and Louisville. Include a longitudinal sample of households interviewed at up to 3 points in time between 2002 and 2011, as well as representative point-in-time samples of neighborhood and county residents. The
baseline survey was fielded in each of the 10 Making Connections neighborhoods, and in each county that contained the Making Connections neighborhood. The
Wave 2 and Wave 3 survey was fielded in the neighborhoods only. Baseline data were gathered between 2002 and 2004. Wave 2 was completed between 2005 and 2007
in the same 10 sites. The Wave 3 cycle was conducted between 2008 and 2011 in 7 of the 10 sites. Data is restricted and must be used at the NORC Data Enclave. See website for access.
- Marital Instability Over the Life Course Series
Nationwide longitudinal study of marital instability. Measures were developed to predict marital instability and divorce and to assess marital quality. 6 waves of data were collected between 1980 and 2000 from married individuals between the ages of 18 and 55. Data are furnished on female labor force participation and life course perspective and the effects on marriage and marital instability.
- Marital Instability Over the Life Course/Work and Family Life Study Series (1980+)
The intent of the data collection was to identify the causes of marital instability throughout the life course. Six waves of data were collected between 1980 and 2000 from married individuals between the ages of 18 and 55. In 1980 Wave I data focused primarily on female labor force participation in an effort to determine whether there was a relationship between wives' working outside of the home and marital dissolution or the likelihood of divorce. Wave II (1983) and Wave III (1988) employed a wider life-course perspective and studied the effects of factors such as economic resources, wives' employment, presence of children, marital satisfaction, life goals, health, and changes in any of these factors on actions intended to dissolve a marriage - including divorce and permanent separation and on marital relationships in general. Wave IV (1992, 1994) continued as the previous waves and provided additional data from adult offspring who were living in the household in 1980 and had reached age 19 by 1992. These additional respondents provided parallel measures with their parents regarding the quality of parent-child relationships, attitudes, and support along with exploring the impact of childhood experiences on the transition to adult life. Wave V (1997) examined the relationship between marital quality and stability and how it relates to changes in marital quality later in life. Additionally, Wave V includes a second adult offspring sample, along with a second interview of the adult offspring sample from Wave IV. Wave VI data were collected in 2000 and included the adult panel, a panel obtained from the offspring who participated in 1992 or 1997, a replication of the original cross-section study completed in 1980, and a comparison sample made up of persons who were married in 1980 and were between 39 and 75 years old. The investigators examined whether there were changes in marital quality between 1980 and 2000, identified factors that might have accounted for these changes, and sought to determine their impact on the health and longevity of older persons. In addition to Wave VI of the Marital Instability Over the Life Course Study (MIOLC), the Work and Family Life Study (WFLS) was conducted in 2000 and its primary aim is to assess changes in marital quality between 1980 and 2000. The WFLS also considers the effects of family-of-origin characteristics and marital history on the physical and psychological health of respondents. Included in the WFLS is a new cross-section sample using the same sampling procedures and interview questions that were used in the 1980 wave of the MIOLC. The Comparison Sample of the WFLS provides data to evaluate sample attrition, factors which lead to attrition, and attrition bias. (It should be noted that this comparison file is a special purpose sample and does not generalize to a normally defined population of ever married persons)
- Maternal Drug Abuse Archive at Sociometrics
Includes data on the following topics: the prevalence of drug use among pregnant women and women of childbearing age; demographic characteristics of pregnant drug users; types and patterns of illicit drug use; social, psychological and economic antecedents of pre- and perinatal drug abuse; the effects of pre- and perinatal substance use on pregnancy complications and neonatal status; and the effects of fetal alcohol and drug exposure on children's physical, neurobehavioral, psychological and social development. Part of Sociometrics.
- Mexican American Study Project
Longitudinal and intergenerational data set that is representative of Mexican Americans living in San Antonio City and Los Angeles County in 1965. Consists of 3 parts; the original survey in 65-66, a follow up interview of the original respondents under age 50 completed in 1998-2002 and a sample of their children, also done in 98-02. The data are linked by family where there is 1 original respondent and 0-2 children in each family. Follow up to The Mexican American Study Project, 1965-1966.
Sample Size: 684 original respondents and 758 children.
- Mexican Origin People in the United States: the 1979 Chicano Survey
Household survey of persons of Mexican descent living in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois. The purpose was to compile a statistically representative and comprehensive body of empirical information about the social, economic, and psychological status of Chicanos. Major topics covered were mental and physical health and use of health services, family background and composition, customary practices and values, language use and attitudes, employment history, social identity, group consciousness, and political opinions and participation.
Sample Size: Of over 11,000 people screened, 1,400 met the Mexican ancestry criterion. Of this total, 991 interviews were collected.
- Millennium Cohort Study (2001+)
Follows the lives of a sample of nearly 19,000 babies born between 9/1/2000-8/31/2001 in England and Wales, and between 11/22/2000 and 1/11/2002 in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Information has been collected from parents when the children were aged 9 months and at around 3 years of age. The sample design allowed for disproportionate representation of families living in areas of child poverty, in the smaller countries of the UK and in areas with high ethnic minority populations in England. The first survey recorded the circumstances of pregnancy and birth, as well as those of the all-important early months of life, and the social and economic background of the family into which the children have been born. The main objectives of the second survey were to chart continuity and change in the child's family and parenting environment, to assess key aspects of the child's physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and to maximise longitudinal potential for predicting and explaining future development. The study's broad objective is to create a new multi-purpose longitudinal dataset, describing the diversity of backgrounds from which children born in the new century are setting out on life. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.
- Murray Research Archive
Important studies include Robert White's Lives in Progress, Jack Block's Lives Through Time, Lewis Terman's long-term longitudinal study of gifted children, and Life Cycle Study of Children with High Ability. Topics well-represented in the archive include sexual orientation, gender roles and the status of women, race, and socio-economic status.
Application may need to be made directly to the Murray Research Archive for permission to use the data.
- National Center for Family and Marriage Research (NCFMR) Pilot Data Series
Series of studies that examine the impact of economic factors on family and household relationships. Titles in the series begin with "Familial Responses to Financial Instability".
- National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect
Promotes scholarly exchange among researchers in the "child maltreatment field." Acquires microdata from leading researchers and national data collection efforts and makes these datasets available to the research community for secondary analysis.
- National Evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Urban Health Initiative (UHI): Survey of Adults and Youth (SAY), Waves 1-3, 1998-2005
This repeated cross-sectional national telephone survey of households was conducted as part of the evaluation of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Urban Health Initiative (UHI), a long-term effort to improve the health, safety, and well-being of children and youth in five economically distressed cities in the United States: Baltimore, MD, Detroit, MI, Oakland, CA, Philadelphia, PA, and Richmond, VA. The UHI Survey of Adults and Youth (SAY) included a variety of questions, asked of both parents and their 10-18 year old children, regarding children's health, safety, perceptions of neighborhoods and schools, family relations, quality of city services, and other issues. SAY surveyed 3 types of households -- households without children, households with children aged 0-9 years, and households with children aged 10-18 years -- in up to 14 geographic areas, including the 5 UHI program cities, 9 comparison cities demographically similar to the UHI cities, the suburban regions of these cities, the most populous 100 United States cities, and the rest of the country.
- National Fertility Survey, 1965, 1970, 1975
Women were asked questions about fertility and contraception, including contraceptive use and pregnancy histories, opinions on childbearing and childrearing, desired family size, future childbearing intentions and expectation of further children. Questions about coital frequency at the time of interview were asked. Marital history, some labor force participation history, and background information such as education, income, religion, social characteristics, and place of residence was also collected. Also available through ICPSR.
- National Head Start/Public School Early Childhood Transition Demonstration Study, 1991-1999
Launched to test the value of extending comprehensive, Head Start-like supports "upward" through the first 4 years of elementary school. Conducted to provide information about the implementation of this program and its impact on children, families, schools, and communities. For an overview, see the Resource Guide.
Sample Size: 7,515 former head start children & families from 31 sites.
- National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 and 1997
Designed to document the transition from school to work and into adulthood. Collects extensive information about youths' labor market behavior and educational experiences over time. Also included is a survey of the biological children of women in the NLSY79. Documentation is available at the NLS site. For comparisons of National Longitudinal Surveys, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the
comparison chart. Also see Finke and Huston.
Sample Size: The 1979 survey began with over 12,000 participants, while the 1997 survey began with approx. 9,000.
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 and 1997 (Electronic File)
Principal investigator: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.
Producer: Ohio State University, Center for Human Resource Research and U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Distributor: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.
- National Maternal and Infant Health Survey, 1988 (NMIHS)
Designed to explore factors that cause negative pregnancy outcomes. Questions were asked of pregnant women concerning prenatal care, weight gain or loss during pregnancy, alcohol, cigarette, or drug use during pregnancy, and whether vitamin or mineral supplements were taken before or during pregnancy. In addition, questions were asked about the use of home pregnancy tests, exercise before and during pregnancy, medical care before, during, and after delivery, previous pregnancies and their outcomes, birth control use, and how the mother felt and behaved. Demographic information about the mother such as marital status, marital history, date of birth, state of birth, mother's weight at birth, weight changes before, during, and after pregnancy, height, race, education, work history, and place of residence was obtained. Information about the father includes items such as age, height, weight, education, and job status. In addition, family income questions were asked, as were questions about the health, care, and feeding of the baby. Information was also taken from birth certificates and fetal and infant death certificates. Also see the Longitudinal Follow-up, 1991. This follow-up consists of 3 components that provide information on early childhood morbidity and health. The Live Birth Survey (Part 1) obtained data on national health issues affecting children, such as child development, effects of low birth weight, childhood injury, child care, pediatric care, health insurance coverage, child safety, and acute and chronic childhood illnesses. For the Medical Provider Survey (Part 12), respondents to the Live Birth Survey were asked to provide the names of all medical providers and hospitals where their children were diagnosed, treated, and/or admitted. Each health care provider was asked to supply information on its organization, the child's health status and history, and each visit or hospitalization. The Fetal and Infant Death Survey (Part 21) interviewed women who were identified through the 1988 NMIHS as having lost a fetus or an infant during the study period. These respondents were reinterviewed to gather information about their health and about any pregnancies since their loss in 1988.
- National Survey of Adoptive Parents
Provides nationally representative estimates on the characteristics, pre-adoption experiences, and post-adoption support experiences of families of adopted children ages 0 to 17.
Sample Size: 2,089 completed interviews with an adoptive parent of a child 0 to 17 years of age.
- National Survey of America's Families
Provides a comprehensive look at the well-being of children and non-elderly adults, and reveals sometimes striking differences among the 13 states studied in depth. Provides quantitative measures of child, adult and family well-being in America, with an emphasis on persons in low-income families. Representative of the noninstitutionalized, civilian population of persons under age 65 in the nation as a whole and in 13 states: Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Together, these states are home to more than half the nation's population and represent a broad range of state characteristics in terms of fiscal capacity, child well-being indicators, and approaches to government programs.
Three rounds of the survey have been carried out. The first round of data collection was completed in 1997, the second in 1999, and the third in 2002.
Sample Size: Over 40,000 families, yielding more than 100,000 observations, per round.
- National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH)
Longitudinal population-based survey of families and households in the U.S. that was designed to look at the causes and consequences of changes in American family and household structure. To date, 3 survey waves are available: Wave 1 - 1987-1988; Wave 2 - 1992-1994; Wave 3 - 2001-2002. (Citation information for each wave is available on the survey's home page.)
The sample is a cross-section of 9,637 households plus an oversampling of blacks, Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans, single-parent families, families with step-children, cohabiting couples and recently married persons.
Sample Size: National sample of 13,007, includes main cross-section of 9,637 households plus the oversample.
- National Survey of Family Growth (1973+)
Women were asked questions about fertility and contraception, including contraceptive use and pregnancy histories, desired family size, and expectation of further children. Also reports background information about the respondent and her husband, such as education, religion, ethnic origin, occupation, and earnings.
- New Family Structures Study (NFSS)
Comparative, social-science data-collection project, which focused on American young adults (ages 18-39) who were raised in different types of family arrangements with varying household experiences. Sample included respondents that had lived in biologically-intact households, lived with cohabiting parents, adoptive, step, or single parents, with parents who had same-sex relationships, or with parents who remarried after divorce. Respondents were asked about a range of topics, including social behaviors: such as educational attainment and performance, work history, risk-taking, and religiosity; health behaviors: such as substance abuse, sexually transmitted infections, and emotional states (depression, anger, and stress), and relationships: including the quality and stability of romantic relationships, marital history, fertility, sexual orientation, and family connectedness. Additional questions asked whether respondents voted in the 2008 presidential election, how much time they spent on various activities; watching TV, gaming, and on social networking sites, and how many Facebook "friends" they had. Demographic information includes age, education level, race, gender, income, marital status, employment status, and household size.
- NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (1991+)
Examines the influence of variations in early childcare histories on the psychological development of infants and toddlers from a variety of family backgrounds. This general objective was addressed through a prospective, longitudinal study of the experiences of 1,364 children and their families, which took into account the complex interactions among child characteristics and those of the human and physical environments in which the children were reared.
- NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) Series
Four-phase, multi-site, prospective, longitudinal study designed to examine the relationships between child development and child care during infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and middle adolescence. Constitutes the most comprehensive study conducted to date of children and the many environments in which they develop.
- Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Series. 1968+
Designed to fill the need for a better understanding of the determinants of family income and its changes. Longitudinal survey of US individuals and the families in which they reside. Can be used for cross-sectional, longitudinal, and intergenerational analysis and for studying both individuals and families. For comparisons of Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and PSID, see the
comparison chart. For comparisons of National Longitudinal Surveys, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and PSID, see the
comparison chart. Includes section on education, food, health, housing, psychological state, and religion. Includes various supplemental surveys: (1) Disability and Use of Time (DUST): collected information from roughly 400 older couples about disability, time use, and well-being during telephone interviews conducted shortly after the 2009 Main Interview.; (2) Child Development Supplement (CDS): In 1997 information on PSID children ages 0-12 was obtained through extensive interviews with the child, their primary caregiver, secondary caregiver, absent parent, teacher, and school administrator. Information was collected again in 2002/2003 and 2007/2008 for children in this cohort who remained under 18. Information includes a broad array of developmental outcomes including physical health, emotional well-being, intellectual and academic achievement, cognitive ability, social relationships with family and peers, time diaries, and much more. For an overview, see its Resource Guide. (3) Transition into Adulthood: When children in the CDS cohort are older than 18 and have left high school, information is obtained about their circumstances. This study has been implemented in 2005, and biennially thereafter. Information includes measures of time use, psychological functioning, marriage, family, responsibilities, employment and income, education and career goals, health, social environment, religiosity, and outlook on life. Geography is down to the state level.
- Parental Conceptions of Children and Childrearing, 1975 and 1981
Undertaken to investigate the organization and development of parents' awareness of their children as people, the parent-child relationship, and the parental role.
- Philippines: Bukidnon Panel Survey, 2003-2004
Contains the 2003 and 2004 rounds of the Bukidnon Panel Survey, a survey spanning 19 years. Bukidnon is a landlocked province in the Philippines comprising 20 municipalities and two cities, Malaybalay and Valencia, on the island of Mindanao. The first rounds, in 1984 and 1985, collected data on food and nonfood expenditures, agricultural production, income, asset ownership, credit use, anthropometry and morbidity, education, and 24-hour food consumption recall. The 2003 and 2004 rounds, covering the originally sampled households and the households of children of the original householders - both those that live locally and migrants. The data cover similar topics as did the 1984/5 survey. These data are part of a rare long-term panel study that follows the migrant children of the households originally surveyed. They include sample and attrition weights, consumption and income aggregates, spatial data, and a good mapping of the 2003/4 rounds onto the 1984/5 rounds. Data must be requested from IFPRI.
- Pre-Elementary Education Longitudinal Study (PEELS) (2003-2008)
Following almost 3,000 children with disabilities as they progress through preschool and into their early elementary years. Collects data on the preschool and early elementary school experiences of a nationally representative sample of children with disabilities and the outcomes they achieve. It focuses on children's preschool environments and experiences, their transition to kindergarten, their kindergarten and early elementary education experiences, and their academic and adaptive skills. The children were 3 to 5 years old at the start of the study in 2003 and were followed through to 2008. The dataset is restricted. For an overview, see the resource guide.
- Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods. 1994+
Large-scale, interdisciplinary study of how families, schools, and neighborhoods affect child and adolescent development. It was designed to advance the understanding of the developmental pathways of both positive and negative human social behaviors. In particular, the project examined the causes and pathways of juvenile delinquency, adult crime, substance abuse, and violence. Also provides a detailed look at the environments in which these social behaviors take place by collecting substantial amounts of data about urban Chicago, including its people, institutions, and resources.
- Socialization of Problem Behavior in Youth, 1969-1981
Examined problem behavior of youth and developmental processes of change and growth within a social-psychological and psychosocial context.
- Stress and Families Project, 1981
Undertaken to investigate the relationship between life situation and mental health among low-income mothers, the group at greatest risk for depression. This longitudinal research project was interdisciplinary in approach and involved interview and observation data on mothers, children, and fathers.
- Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) 2003
Only national survey that gathers data directly from youth in the juvenile justice system. Surveyed offender youth between the ages of 10 and 20. SYRP asks the youth about their backgrounds, offense histories and problems; the facility environment; experiences in the facility; experiences with alcohol and drugs; experiences of victimization in placement; medical needs and services received; and their expectations for the future.
- Time, Love, and Cash in Couples With Children Study (TLC3) [United States], 2000-2005
Consists of complete transcriptions of 4 waves of individual and couple interviews with parents who experienced a birth in 2000, with over-sampling for nonmarital births. Both mothers and fathers participated in semi-structured, in-depth interviews both individually and as a couple in each of the four waves.
Sample Size: 756 interviews. Sample is embedded in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Participants were chosen based on a stratified, random sampling scheme from Chicago, New York, and Milwaukee. Nonmarital births were oversampled.
- Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study (1999+)
Intensive study in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio to assess the well-being of low-income children and families in the post-welfare reform era. Investigates the strategies families have used to respond to reform, in terms of employment, schooling or other forms of training, residential mobility, and fertility. Central to this project is a focus on how these strategies affect children's lives, with an emphasis on their health and development as well as their need for, and use of, social services.
- Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) (1957+)
Provides an opportunity to study the life course, intergenerational transfers and relationships, family functioning, physical and mental health and well-being, and morbidity and mortality from late adolescence through middle age. WLS data also cover social background, youthful aspirations, schooling, military service, labor market experiences, family characteristics and events, social participation, psychological characteristics, and retirement. Survey data were collected from the original respondents or their parents in 1957, 1964, 1975, 1992, and 2004; from a selected sibling in 1977, 1994, and 2005; from the spouse of the original respondent in 2004; from the spouse of the selected sibling in 2006; and from widow(er)s of the graduates and siblings in 2006. Data are currently available from all collection rounds except the widows. These will be available in the future.
Sample Size: Random sample of 10,317 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957.
- Worcester Family Research Project: Baseline Data, 1992-1995
Collected in order to gather comprehensive qualitative & quantitative data on homeless families and a low-income housed comparison group. The major goal was to gain knowledge about the risk factors for homelessness and its impact on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children. Data included demographics, information on housing, income, education, jobs, family structure, life events, service utilization, personal network, social resources, history of sexual or violent assault, mental health and substance disorders, and health status. Each child was also directly assessed using a battery of developmentally appropriate instruments and questions.
- Youth Studies Series (1965-1997)
Set of surveys designed to assess political continuity and change across time for biologically-related generations and to gauge the impact of life-stage events and historical trends on the behaviors and attitudes of respondents. A national sample of high school seniors and their parents was first surveyed in 1965. Subsequent surveys of the same individuals were conducted in 1973, 1982, and 1997. The general objective was to study the dynamics of political attitudes and behaviors by obtaining data on the same individuals as they aged from approximately 18 years of age in 1965 to 50 years of age in 1997. In this manner, the Youth Studies Series facilitates the analysis of generational, life cycle, and historical effects and political influences on relationships within the family.
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