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Study Report

Study Number: QN-022-001-1-1-United States-OPR-1998

Subject Area: Family and Child in Society

Bibliographic Citation: Fragile families and child wellbeing study, 1998-2014 [online].  [machine-readable data file] / McLanahan, Sara  [principal investigator(s)] / Office of Population Research, Princeton University  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 2/26/2009

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: More information about the fragile families and wellbeing study is available at its project website . Users who are interested in using this study, need to register with the Office of Population Research archive center first before they receive the data.

Access Status: Unrestricted access

Date Ordered: 2/26/2009

Documentation: Documents, codebooks and questionnaires in PDF format are available from this site.

Abstract: The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study followed a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000. About three-quarters of these children were born to unmarried parents. Unmarried parents and their children are described as “fragile families” because these families are at greater risk of breaking up and living in poverty than more traditional families. This study was designed to address four key questions in research and public policy on fragile families. (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? Both mothers and fathers were interviewed at birth of their children and again when children were ages one (1999-2002), three (2001-2003), five (2003-2006), and nine (2007-2010). Year fifteen (2014-2017) is the latest round of this study. In addition, in-home assessments of children and their home environments were done at ages three and five. The parent interviews collected information on attitudes, relationships, parenting behavior, demographic characteristics, health (mental and physical), economic and employment status, neighborhood characteristics, and program participation. The in-home interview collected information on children's cognitive and emotional development, health, and home environment.

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