Catalog of Holdings

Study Report

Study Number: QK-034-001-1-1-United States-SOCIO-1984

Subject Area: Socialization, Students and Youth

Bibliographic Citation: Stanford child custody study: family, 1984-1990 [waves I-III].  [machine-readable data file] / Maccoby, Eleanor E.  [principal investigator(s)] / Los Altos, CA: Sociometrics Corporation.  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: Sociometrics 25-27

Date Accessioned: 11/15/1994

Number of Files Received: 7

Comments: Received via Judy Seltzer.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 11/15/1994

Documentation: One volume hard copy User's Guide and machine-readable files. Includes SAS and SPSS file definition language.

Abstract: The Stanford Child Custody Project embodies two studies. The first, Study I, focuses on the evolution of child custody arrangements in divorcing families and is comprised of two data sets ('family' focused and 'child' focused). Study II is a followup and is not available for public distribution at this time. Study I is a three-wave, longitudinal study of post-divorce child custody arrangements. The study is based on a sample of 1,124 families who filed for divorce in two California counties between September, 1984 and April, 1985. The first interview, conducted shortly after the divorce filing, provided information on family background; number, age, and sex of children; financial resources; and education, occupation and work schedule of the two parents. It also inquired extensively into the negotiation and dispute-resolution process the couple engaged in as they tried to arrive at an agreement on financial and custodial matters. Particular attention was given to the involvement of attorneys, mediators, and other professionals. In addition, the questions explored the degree of conflict between the former spouses, any logistical problems associated with maintaining custodial and visitation arrangements, the children's reaction to the divorce, and the presence or absence of coordination between parents with respect to the child's upbringing. In Wave II (conducted one year after the filing) and Wave II (conducted three years after the filing), many Wave I items were replicated, some dropped, and several new items introduced, including court records and additional items on child support.

Media/File Reports:

7351 (CD-ROM)
7380 (CD-Rom)
7381 (CD-Rom)
9002 (USB Flask Drive)
9003 (USB Flask Drive)
9004 (SSCC network drive)