Crossroads: Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study

New in DISC’s Internet Crossroads for Social Science Data:

Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study
Princeton University, Columbia University

From the web site: “The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is following a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents). We refer 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.

The core FF Study was designed to primarily address four questions of great interest to researchers and policy makers: (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?”

Four waves of public-use data are available for download (free registration required.)  The site also outlines procedures for applying for restricted (“Contract”) data that includes geographic identifiers.


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