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  • Adolescent family affects adult wellbeing in Japan and the U.S. (1976-2013)
    This prospective longitudinal study explores the effects of characteristics of the family system in which an adolescent develops on later midlife wellbeing and adult child/elder parent relationships in Japan and the United States. Structured home interviews were held in the 1970s with 99 middle class U.S. families with adolescents; an equivalent interview was conducted in the 1980s with 59 comparable Japanese families. Family members discussed differences of opinion on a family environment scale; family system variables related to connection and individuation processes were coded from these taped family discussions. Twenty-five years after the home interviews, telephone interviews were conducted in the U.S. with 67 elder mothers, 59 elder fathers, 126 then midlife daughters and 61 midlife sons. In Japan follow-up telephone interviews were conducted with 22 elder mothers, 20 elder fathers, 26 midlife daughters and 21 midlife sons.

  • 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-V (1986, 1989, 1994, 2002, and 2011)
    Focusing especially on differences between black and white Americans in middle & late life, these data constitute the first 5 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.

    Citation:
    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. Also see the Matched Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement (CJRP)/Juvenile Residential Facility Census (JRFC) Series.

  • 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.

  • 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 and Development Fund (CCDF) Policies Database
    CCDF provides federal money to states, territories, and tribes to provide assistance to low-income families receiving or in transition from temporary public assistance, to obtain quality child care so they can work, attend training, or receive education. Within the broad federal parameters, states and territories set the detailed policies. Those details determine whether a particular family will or will not be eligible for subsidies, how much the family will have to pay for the care, how families apply for and retain subsidies, the maximum amounts that child care providers will be reimbursed, and the administrative procedures that providers must follow. Thus, while CCDF is a single program from the perspective of federal law, it is in practice a different program in every state and territory. The CCDF Policies Database Series is a comprehensive, up-to-date database of inter-related sources of CCDF policy information that support the needs of a variety of audiences through (1) Analytic Data Files and (2) a Book of Tables. These are made available to researchers, administrators, and policymakers with the goal of addressing important questions concerning the effects of alternative child care subsidy policies and practices on the children and families served, specifically parental employment and self-sufficiency, the availability and quality of care, and children's development.

  • 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 Care Market Rate Survey Series
    Starting with the Family Support Act of 1988, requirements for federal funding stipulate that child care subsidy rates be informed by market rates. In 1990 the federal government began a major investment in child care with the passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 1990. Support of parental choice was a key component of this new block grant program that sent new money to states to support child care. Parental choice and state control of policy remained central when the program was expanded in 1996 as a part of welfare reform legislation. At that time, child care funding became known as the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). States are required by the CCDF Final Rule to ensure that families receiving child care assistance have equal access to comparable care purchased by private-paying parents. A market rate survey (MRS) is a tool States use to achieve this program objective. Some States conduct surveys to collect the child care market rate and others use administrative data, such as data collected by child care resource and referral (CCR&R) and State licensing agencies, to analyze the market rate for child care.

  • 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) (1991-2006)
    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.

  • Data Resource Center for Child & Adolescent Health
    Includes the National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN). The National Survey of Children's Health touches on multiple, intersecting aspects of children's lives including physical and mental health status, access to quality health care, as well as information on the child's family, neighborhood and social context. The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs takes a close look at the health and functional status of children with special health care needs in the U.S., their physical, emotional and behavioral health, along with critical information on access to quality health care, care coordination of services, access to a medical home, transition services for youth, and the impact of chronic condition(s) on the child's family.

  • 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 is following 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 Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (Baby FACES) Spring 2009-Spring 2012
    Descriptive study of early head start programs designed to inform policy and practice at both national and local levels. 6-year longitudinal study in 89 early head start programs around the country. Baby FACES followed 2 cohorts of children through their time in early head start, starting in 2009, the first wave of data collection through age 3, with the final round of data in spring 2012. The newborn cohort includes pregnant mothers and newborn children (194 are in this group). The 1-year-old cohort includes children who were approximately age 1 (782 were aged 10 to 15 months).

  • 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 Child Care Subsidy Strategies Series
    Multi-site, multi-year study to gather research evidence that will inform policy decision-making in states and communities and effective allocation of child care subsidy funds. In particular, the study looks at how different child care subsidy policies and procedures and quality improvement efforts help low-income parents obtain and hold onto jobs and improve outcomes for children. Study staff worked with states and communities across the country to identify significant issues and develop hypotheses about the use of child care subsidy funds that could be rigorously tested in a series of experiments. A guiding principle of the study was that state (or community) interests and preferences would play a large role in the choice of research topics and strategies. Study sites and focus of evaluation include: (1)the effectiveness of three language and literacy curricula on teaching practices and children's language and literacy outcomes (finished in 2005 in Miami, Dade County, FL); (2)the effectiveness of training on Learning Games curriculum in changing care-giving practices in family child care homes and children's developmental outcomes (Massachusetts); (3)the impact of alternative eligibility and re-determination child care subsidy policies on parental employment outcomes, choice and stability of care, and other family outcomes (Illinois); and, (4)the impact of alternative child care co-payment structures on use of child care subsidies and employment outcomes (Washington State).

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) (1997+)
    Periodic, ongoing longitudinal study of program performance. Successive nationally representative samples of Head Start children, their families, classrooms, and programs provide descriptive information on the population of children and families served; staff qualifications, credentials, and opinions; Head Start classroom practices and quality measures; and child and family outcomes. Includes a battery of child assessments across multiple developmental domains (cognitive, social, emotional, and physical).

  • Head Start Impact Study (HSIS), 2002-2006
    National, longitudinal study that involves approximately 5,000 three and four year old preschool children across 84 nationally representative grantee/delegate agencies aimed at determining how Head Start affects the school readiness of children participating in the program as compared to children not enrolled in Head Start and under which conditions Head Start works best and for which children. Parts of this dataset are restricted.

  • Health Behavior in School-aged Children (HBSC) Series (1995-1998, 2001-2002, 2005-2006, 2009-2010)
    Annual survey to solicit public opinion on social and political issues. Every year the survey will be conducted in approximately 50 countries, with a minimal sample size of 500 per country. Wherever possible, within each country a nationally representative sample n=500 adults, male and female, aged 18 and older will be used. In some emergent countries, where such research conditions are not possible, there may be stated variations to this (e.g. urban areas only). Similarly, in the developed world interviews will be conducted by telephone, while in emergent and under-developed countries face to face interviews will be conducted. Demographic variables include sex, age, household income, education level, employment status, and religious preference. ICPSR has data for the USA. Data for other countries are available by request through the Norwegian Social Science Data Archive. The survey involves 43 countries across North America and Europe.

  • 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

    Citation:
    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 video 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. For later data see the NCES site.

  • 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). More recent statistics can be found at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention site.

  • KAPS: Family Planning Studies (Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices studies)
    In the 1960s and 70s, the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices studies surveyed women and men across the world about family planning, birth control, pregnancy, and sex. The majority of the samples are of women under the age of 50, married women, and women living in cities and metropolitan areas. The featured countries are Mexico, the United States, Israel, the Philippines, France, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Venezuela, and Peru. What is the ideal family size? What is the impact of the population growth rate, will it cause societal problems? What methods of birth control are used the most frequently? Is it even acceptable to use birth control at all? What are the reasons people have children? Personal questions about fertility, conception, sterility, abortion, and unwanted pregnancies are also addressed. In addition to family planning, the KAPS studies also feature gender and societal topics. What kind of education would you want for your daughter? What are the appropriate roles for women? How often does your husband help with housework? Should married women work outside the home?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2005 [California]
    Began as a survey of intergenerational relations among 300 three-generation California families with grandparents (then in their sixties), middle-aged parents (then in their early forties), and grandchildren (then aged 15 to 26). The study broadened in 1991 and now includes a 4th generation, the great-grandchildren of these same families. The LSOG, with a fully elaborated generation-sequential design, allows comparisons of sets of aging parents and children at the same stage of life but during different historical periods. These comparisons make possible the investigation of the effects of social change on inter-generational solidarity or conflict across 35 years and four generations, as well as the effects of social change on the ability of families to buffer stressful life transitions (e.g., aging, divorce and remarriage, higher female labor force participation, changes in work and the economy, and possible weakening of family norms of obligation), and the effects of social change on the transmission of values, resources, and behaviors across generations. The LSOG contains information on family structure, household composition, affectual solidarity and conflict, values, attitudes, behaviors, role importance, marital relationships, health and fitness, mental health and well-being, caregiving, leisure activities, and life events and concerns. Demographic variables include age, sex, income, employment status, marital status, socioeconomic history, education, religion, ethnicity, and military service.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    You must apply directly to NDACAN for permission to use this data. Applications must be sent by mail and include a completed and signed Terms of Use agreement, available from their web site.

  • 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. See the NLS Investigator guide. 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. A separate file "Recidivism in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 - Standalone Data (Rounds 1 to 13)" contains recidivism data.

    Sample Size: The 1979 survey began with over 12,000 participants, while the 1997 survey began with approx. 9,000.

    Citation:
    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 Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) Series (1993+)
    Nationwide study to document the incidence and prevalence of children's exposure to violence in the United States.

  • National Survey of Children's Health Series (2003+)
    National survey that provides a broad range of information about children's health and well-being collected in a manner that allows for comparisons between states and at the national level. Telephone numbers are called at random to identify households with one or more children under 18 years of age. In each household, one child was randomly selected to be the subject of the interview. The survey results are weighted to represent the population of non-institutionalized children aged 0-17 nationally, and in each state. Also see their own site for more information and possibly for up to date data. Collection of data for the National Survey of Children's Health is designed to alternate with collection for the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs so that new data are available every 2 years, 4 years for a particular survey.

  • National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), 2010-2014
    Set of 4 integrated, nationally representative surveys conducted in 2012. These were surveys of (1) households with children under 13, (2) home-based providers (3) center-based providers, and (4) the center-based provider workforce. Documents the nation's current utilization and availability of early care and education (including school-age care), in order to deepen the understanding of the extent to which families' needs and preferences coordinate well with providers' offerings and constraints. Large oversampling of very low income families.

  • 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. For the final round see the CDC pages.

  • National Vietnam Veterans' Readjustment Study (NVVRS)
    Contains data from an assessment of the etiology, evolution, and extent of readjustment problems experienced by veterans of the Vietnam War. Variables include age, service period, duty status, casualties suffered, education, health conditions and disability status, hospitalization, use of Veterans Administration medical facilities and programs, medical history, insurance coverage, employment and training, income and investments, and assets and debts. Obtained from the National Archives.

  • 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 (SECCYD) Series
    Four-phase (1991-2008), 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. Geography is down to the state level.
    Includes various supplemental surveys including:
    • Disability and Use of Time (DUST): collected information from older adults in PSID families about disability, time use, and well-being during telephone interviews conducted shortly after the 2009 and 2013 Main Interviews.
    • 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. The CDS 2014 covers all sample children in PSID households born or adopted into the PSID since 1997. The study design and questionnaire content are consistent with earlier waves of CDS to permit cross - cohort analysis of children's development.
    • Housing, Mortgage Stress, and Wealth Data (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) as well as Wealth files for 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
    • 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.
    • Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study (PSID - CRCS). First study conducted by the PSID using the internet as the primary mode of data collection. Goal was to design and collect a mixed mode (web or paper) module from household heads and, if married/cohabitating, spouses/partners, about their childhood experiences. The data may be used to study early life influences on adult health and economic outcomes. Has questions on parental relationships, health, socioeconomic status, neighborhood quality, friendships, school experiences, exposure to the criminal justice system, parent/guardian mental health, and young adut mentoring. The initial PSID-CRCS sample consisted of 13,117 individuals aged 19 and older (aged 19 by January 1, 2013) who were household heads and spouses/partners in PSID families that participated in the 2013 wave of PSID. Individuals for which other family unit members or proxies served as respondents in the 2013 core PSID interview and those who completed their core interview in Spanish were not eligible (N=593). During editing eligibility status was reviewed and confirmed for 12,985 cases. Many portions of CRCS are restricted.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) (2004+)
    Ongoing population-based survey of new mothers in New York City (NYC) designed to monitor maternal experiences and behaviors before, during and after pregnancy.

  • 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.

  • Schools and Families Educating (SAFE) Children Study [Chicago, IL]: 1997-2008
    Randomized control trial designed to test the efficacy of a family-based comprehensive preventive intervention, with children living in inner-city Chicago and entering the 1st grade, for effects on key risk markers for later drug and other substance use.

  • 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.

  • UCLA Latino Home-School Research Project, 1989 - 2003
    Longitudinal study designed to explore whether the cultural values, beliefs, and actions of Latino families provide cultural models that supply children with productive foundations for success in school.

  • Unintended Impacts of Sentencing Reforms and Incarceration on Family Structure in the United States, 1984-1998
    Sought to investigate a possible relationship between sentencing guidelines and family structure in the United States.

  • 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 2011. Data also covers 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, 2004, and 2011; from a selected sibling in 1977, 1994, 2005, and 2011; from the spouse of the original respondent in 2004; and from the spouse of the selected sibling in 2006.

    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 in Worcester, Massachusetts. 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.

  • Work, Family, and Health Study (WFHS)
    Transdisciplinary research effort designed to enhance understanding of the impact of workplace practices and policies on work, family life, and health outcomes. All employee and manager participants were assessed at baseline and at 6-, 12-, and 18-months post baseline. Opinions were elicited from employers and managers regarding the amount of hours they work, balance between work and family, opportunities to work from home, the ability to take vacation and time off when desired, and decision-making authority at work. Responses were also gathered on issues such as talking with a manager about conflicts outside of work, willingness to help other coworkers when they have been absent, workplace safety, and obligations to come into work when sick. Information was also collected on the likelihood of respondents quitting the company, whether respondents were looking for work elsewhere, job performance ratings of self and others, opinions about supervisors, and a series of questions relating to psychological distress and well-being. Data collected 2009-2012.

  • 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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