Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study (Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio), Wave 3, February 2005 – January 2006
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 Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio. The wave 3 data came from interviews completed between February 2005 and January 2006. It includes data from 1835 continuing/new caregivers, 221 separated caregivers and 1944 children. The children in wave 3 are between the ages of 5 and 11 years old and 15 and 21 years old. 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.

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