Current Social Science Research Report--Sociology #63, May 13, 2008.

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1. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Report: "UI as a Safety Net for Former TANF Recipients: Final Report," by Christopher J. O'Leary and Kenneth J. Kline (March 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 50p.).

2. Bureau of Labor Statistics News Release: "Married Parents' Use Of Time, 2003-06" (May 8, 2008, HTML, ASCII text, and .pdf format, 9p.).

3. Bureau of Justice Statistics Report: "Life After Lockup: Improving Reentry From Jail to the Community," by Amy L. Solomon, Jenny W.L. Osborne, Stefan F. LoBuglio, Jeff Mellow, and Debbie A. Mukamal (NCJ 220095, May 2008, .pdf format, 179p.).

4. Government Accountability Office Report: "Residential Facilities: Improved Data and Enhanced Oversight Would Help Safeguard the Well-Being of Youth with Behavioral and Emotional Challenges" (GAO-08-346, May 2008, .pdf format, 87p.).

5. National Science Foundation InfoBrief, Update:

A. "New NSF Survey Finds Six States Account for Nearly Half of State Agencies' R&D Expenditures," by John E. Jankowski (NSF 08-309, May 2008, HTML and .pdf format, 5p.).

B. "Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in S&E (Science and Engineering): Undergraduate and Masters Degree information has been updated as of May 2008 (.pdf and Microsoft Excel format).

6. Government Printing Office Compendium: The Unified Agenda (May 2008, edition, searchable and browseable. "The Unified Agenda (also known as the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda), published twice a year (usually in April and October) in the Federal Register (FR), summarizes the rules and proposed rules that each Federal agency expects to issue during the next six months. It is published by the Office of the Federal Register National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)."

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US States:


Department of Health Report: "Nebraska 2005 Vital Statistics Report" (March 2008, .pdf format, 160p.).

North Dakota:

State Data Center Periodical, Map:

A. Population Bulletin (Vol. 24, No. 5, May 2008, .pdf format, 3p.). The topic of this month's issue is: "Components of Population Change in North Dakota: July 1, 2006 to July 1, 2007."

B. "Geographical Population Centers for North Dakota: 1990 and 2000" (May 208, .pdf format, 1p.).

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NGO and Other Countries:

United Nations:

1. Office for Drugs and Crime Reports: The Office for Drugs and Crime has issued four reports on illicit drug trends in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Russian Federation and Central Asia (May 2008, .pdf format., via UN Pulse).

2. Population Division Report: What do we know about adoption?" by Clare Menozzi (Presentation to Population Association of America, April 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).



Queensland Government Report: "Queensland Characteristics: A Statistical Division Comparison, Census 2006" (May 2008, .pdf format, 5p.).



Statistics Denmark Focus on Education and Culture: "Students receiving vocational education" (May 2008).



Statistics Finland News Release: "Matriculation examination attained by nearly 90 per cent and vocational qualification or tertiary degree attained by over 70 per cent of students who start studies" (May 8, 2008).



Federal Statistics Office STATmagazin Article: The following article has been translated into English: "Juvenile delinquency in Germany" (Jan. 24, 2008).,templateId=renderPrint.psml__nnn=true


Macao: Statistics and Census Service Periodical: Monthly Bulletin of Statistics: April 2008 (May 2008, .pdf and Microsoft Excel format, 79p.).



State Statistical Office News Release: "Fine arts in the Republic of Macedonia" (May 12, 2008, .pdf format, 5p.). The news release is in Macedonian and English.


New Zealand:

Statistics New Zealand/Tatauranga Aotearoa "Hot off the Press", News Release:

A. "National Population Estimates: March 2008 quarter" (May 2008, .pdf format, 8p.).

B. "Facts for Mother's Day" (May 7, 2008).



Statistics Norway News Releases:

A. "Cultural statistics. Special and research libraries, 2007" (May 6, 2008). The news release links to two topical tables.

B. "Population projections. National and regional figures, 2008-2060" (May 8, 2008). The news release links to nine topical tables.

C. "Population statistics. Internal migration, 2007" (May 8, 2008). The news release links to 15 topical tables.

D. "Projection of the immigrant population, 2008-2060" (May 8, 2008). The news release links to one topical table.

E. "Population statistics. Immigration and emigration, 2007" (May 8, 2008). The news release links to 12 topical tables.



General Register Office News Release: "Increase in number of households in Scotland" (May 8, 2008). The release links to two reports: "Estimates of households and dwellings in Scotland, 2007," (May 2008, .pdf format, 36p.) and "Household projections for Scotland (2006-based)" (May 2008, .pdf format, 45p.).



Statistical Office News Release: "New definition of population" (Apr. 30, 2008).



Statistics Sweden News Release: "Population statistics, first quarter 2008: Immigration drops but is still historically high" (May 13, 2008).



1. Ministry of Justice Reports:

A. "Re-offending of adults: new measures of re-offending 2000-2005" (May 2008, .pdf format, 49p., with accompanying tables in Microsoft Excel format).

B. "Re-offending of juveniles: new measures of re-offending 2000-2005" (May 2008, .pdf format, 48p., with accompanying tables in Microsoft Excel format).

C. "Statistics on deaths reported to coroners - England and Wales, 2007" (May 2008, .pdf format, 35p.).

2. National Statistics Office Periodical: Regional Trends (No. 40, 2008, .pdf format, 256p., with accompanying tables in .zip compressed Microsoft Excel format).

3. Department for Work and Pensions Reports:

A. "Families with children in Britain: findings from the 2006 Families and Children Study (FACS)," by Anne Conolly and Jane Kerr (Research Report 486, 2008, .pdf format, 493p.).

B. "The circumstances of persistently poor families with children: Evidence from the Families and Children Study (FACS)," by Matt Barnes, Anne Conolly and Wojtek Tomaszewski (Research Report 487, 2008, .pdf format, 83p.).

C. "Analysis of the choices and constraints questions on the Families and Children Study," by John D’Souza, Anne Conolly and Susan Purdon (Research Report 481, 2008, .pdf format, 69p.).

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Brookings Institution Center for Children and Families Brief: "Helping Disconnected Single Mothers," by Rebecca M. Blank and Brian Kovak (CCF Brief #38, May 2008,.pdf format, 8p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Urban Institute Reports: "Alcohol Outlets as Attractors of Violence and Disorder: A Closer Look at the Neighborhood Environment," by Caterina Gouvis Roman, Shannon Reid, Avi Bhati, and Bogdan Tereshchenko (May 2008, .pdf format, 156p.).


Pew Hispanic Center Factsheet: "Hispanic Women in the United States, 2007," by Felisa Gonzales (May 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).


Roper Center (University of Connecticut): Topics at a Glance: The latest Topics at a Glance concerns Public Opinion during the Campaign of 2008." The site links to relevant poll numbers, datasets, and articles. Check your organization's library for your level of access to the Roper data collection.


University of Chicago Press Book: Citizens and Paupers: Relief, Rights, and Race, from the Freedmen's Bureau to Workfare, by Chad Alan Goldberg (2007, 336p., ISBN (Cloth): 978-0-226-30076-4; (Paper): 978-0-226-30077-1). For more information see:


Nation Article: "Cruel and Unusual Punishment," by Billy Sothern (May 5, 2008).

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University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology: "Notes for a Comparative Theory of Urban Formations," by Franklin D. Wilson (CDE Working Paper No. 2008-05, 2008, .pdf format, 28p.).


This paper seeks to break new ground by providing a firmer foundation for the study of urban formations both within and between nation-states. First, a conceptual definition of urban formation is provided, followed by the presentation of a measurement model designed to operationalize the concept. Second, it is suggested that the concept of urbanization, while very useful as a descriptive tool to summarize the pattern of urban agglomeration of a nation, it is of little value as an analytical variable in comparative urban research. Finally, a general outline of an analytical model is presented, which seeks to account for within and between nation-state variations in urban formations through the application of a multi-level modeling strategy.


Rand Corporation Population and Labor Program: Universal Versus Economically Polarized Change in Age at First Birth: A French-British Comparison," by Michael S. Rendall, Olivia Ekert-Jaffe, Heather Joshi, Kevin Lynch, and Remi Mougin (WR568, .pdf format, 86p.). Links to an abstract and full text are available at:


Vienna Demographic Institute: "The relation between depressive symptoms and age among older Europeans Findings from SHARE," by Isabella Buber and Henriette Engelhardt (VID Working Paper 01/2008, May 2008, .pdf format, 19p.).


Empirical evidence on the effects of age on mental health is diverse. Therefore, the paper aims to analyze the association between age and the prevalence of symptoms of depression. Based on SHARE, depressive symptoms of 28,069 persons from eleven European countries and Israel aged 50 to 84 years were analyzed using EURO-D. Multivariate regression models were applied to analyze the effect of age on depressive symptoms under control of socio-economic characteristics and health. The results indicate that EURO-D scores increased with age and were higher among women compared to men. When controlled by socio-demographic characteristics and health conditions the association between depressive symptoms and age almost vanished. The association between depression and age is driven by socio-demographic characteristics and the physical as well as cognitive health of older persons. Once controlled for these socio-demographic characteristics, age no longer had an important explanatory power on the mental health of older persons.


ESRC Research Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE) [London (UK) School of Economics]: "Welfare Reform in the United States: Implications for British Social Policy," by James Midgley (with commentaries by Kitty Stewart, David Piachaud and Howard Glennerster) (CASE/131, April 2008, .pdf format, 54p).


Recent government pronouncements in the UK and above all the recent Conservative Party (2008) policy document on welfare reform suggest that US welfare reform is increasingly being taken as a model for the UK. What lessons should the UK draw from US experience? The long established means tested programme for needy families known as Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) was replaced in 1996 with a welfare to work programme known as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The historical background and features of the new program are elaborated and the way it has been implemented in varied ways in different states is documented. The findings of a number of outcome studies assessing the programme’s impact and effectiveness are reviewed. Three commentaries on the paper consider how far American experience should be a guide to welfare policy in Britain.

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JOURNAL TABLES OF CONTENTS (check your library for availability):

Child Abuse and Neglect (Vol. 32, No. 4, April 2008).

Cities (Vol. 25, No. 2, April 2008).

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Integrated Public Use Micro Data (IPUMS) Research Fellow: "IPUMS-USA Research Fellow Wanted: "The Minnesota Population Center is seeking a Research Fellow to join the IPUMS-USA project team. The Research Fellow will assist Principal Investigators in supporting and improving the IPUMS-USA data series, which is an integrated database of U.S. census and survey records from 1850 to present." For more information (.pdf format, 1p.) see:


Chronicle of Higher Education:

Sociology positions has been updated through May 12, 2008.

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US Census Bureau: "School Enrollment in the United States: 2006" (May 2008, tables in Microsoft Excel and comma separated value [.csv] format). "A national-level update of characteristics of the nation’s more than 75 million students. Eight tables include number of students by attributes such as age, sex, race, Hispanic origin, family income, type of college and vocational course enrollment. This Internet-only release comes from data collected each October as part of the Current Population Survey. The full report with analysis of the details is expected later this summer."


National Longitudinal Survey of Youth: The following NLSY data has been made available by the Center for Human Resource Research at the Ohio State University:

D79-2006 NLSY79, 1979-2006, Main File and Work History Data-4/2008

Scroll to title or item number.


Rand Corporation: Indonesian Family Life Survey Update: "IFLS4 Survey Description" (sample design and questionnaires in .pdf format). "The fourth wave of the Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS4) is a continuation of IFLS, expanding the panel to 2007/2008." For more information see:


UK Data Archive (Essex University, Colchester, UK): The UK Data Archive has recently added the following datasets to its holdings. Note: There maybe charges or licensing requirements on holdings of the UK Data Archive. For more information see:

SN 5836 -British Gambling Prevalence Survey, 2007

SN 5834 -Young People's Behaviour and Attitudes Survey, 2003

SN 5833 -Young People's Behaviour and Attitudes Survey, 2000

SN 5676 -Longitudinal Three-Nation Study on Relations between Ethnic Minorities and Host Societies among School Students, 2004-2005

SN 5827 -Rape in the 21st Century: Old Patterns, New Behaviours and Emerging Trends, 2000-2002

SN 5837 -GeoConvert: Postcode Data, 2006-

SN 5835 -2001 Census: Aggregate Statistics; United Kingdom

SN 5709 -Survey of English Housing, 2004-2005

SN 5814 -Annual Population Survey, October 2006 - September 2007: Special Licence Access

SN 5823 British Social Attitudes Survey, 2006


University of Manchester [Lancashire, UK] Cathy Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research Samples of Anonomysed Records (SARS) Report: "SARs Ethnicity Guide" (April 2008, .pdf format, 23p.).

More information about SARS:

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University of Wisconsin Data and Information Service Center Country Statistical Yearbook Update. Our Country Statistical Yearbook page has added links to several yearbooks.


American Samoa: Statistical Yearbook 2003-2006

Dominican Republic: República Dominicana en Cifras 2005-2007

Guam: 2004 Guam Statistical Yearbook

Mexico: Anuario Estadístico de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos 1938, 1995, 1999-2007

Niue: 2001-2002 Annual Abstract of Statistics

Palau: 2002-2003 Statistical Yearbook

Paraguay: Anuario Estadístico del Paraguay 1996-2003

Uruguay: Anuario Estadístico 2006-2007


Australia: 2008 yearbook


JSTOR Update:JSTOR Update: The following journals have been added to the JSTOR archive. To view all the journals in the archive see:

To determine whether your institution is a JSTOR member:

and what the "moving wall" of publication dates for these and all JSTOR publications is:

Canadian Journal of Education / Revue canadienne de l'éducation

International Review of Education / Internationale Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft / Revue Internationale de l'Education

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