Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study (Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio), Wave 2, September 2000 - June 2001
Investigators: Andrew Cherlin, Ronald Angel, Linda Burton, P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Robert Moffitt, & William Julius Wilson

The Welfare, Children and Families Study is a longitudinal study of children and their caregivers in low-income families that were living in low-income neighborhoods in three cities during wave 1 of the study (1999). The purpose of the study is to investigate the consequences of policy changes resulting from the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA). The survey was designed to provide information on the health and cognitive, behavioral, and emotional development of children and on their primary caregivers' labor force behavior, welfare experiences, family lives, use of social service, health, and well-being.

Data for wave 1 come from completed interviews conducted between March and December, 1999 with 2,402 children and their caregivers in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio. The population of inference is children age birth to 4 and 10 to 14 who have a female primary caregiver, whose caregivers self-identify as non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic African-American, or Hispanic of any race, and who live in families with incomes below 200 percent of the poverty line, living in low-income neighborhoods in Boston, Chicago, or San Antonio.

The wave 2 data come from completed interviews conducted between September 2000 and June 2001 with 2,250 caregivers and 2,158 of the children from wave 1. The children in wave 2 are between the ages of 1 and 7 or 10 and 16.

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