Family

The American Family Data Archive, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, facilitates access to the highest quality data sets on topics related to the family, family structure and change, family interaction, and family well being.

Individual Studies in the Family Collection

JOBS Child Outcomes Study

The Fulton County Descriptive Study, A Subset of the JOBS Child Outcomes Study, 1992-1994
Investigators: Kristin A. Moore, Martha J. Zaslow, Mary Jo Coiro, & Suzanne M. Miller
The JOBS Child Outcomes Study is a longitudinal investigation of the life circumstances and development of young children (ages 3 to 5 at baseline) in families receiving Aid to Families with Dependent Children to test strategies to reduce welfare dependency and promote self-sufficiency.
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High School Beyong Longitudinal Study

The High School and Beyond Longitudinal Study, 1980 to 1986
Investigators: National Center for Education Statistics
This is longitudinal study of the transition years as high school students leave the secondary school system to begin postsecondary education, work, and family formation. Its purpose is to provide information on the characteristics, achievement, and plans of high school students, their progress through high school, and the transition they make from high school to adult roles.
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Intergenerational study Parents and Children

The Intergenerational Panel Study of Parents and Children (A Detroit Area Study), 1962-1993
Investigators: Thorton, Freedman, Axinn
This is an eight-wave intergenerational study of 1,113 white couples in the Detroit metropolitan area who gave birth in July, 1961, investigating childbearing, employment, divorce, changing family attitudes, and child outcomes in the domains of marriage, childbearing, school, work, living arrangements, family relationships and the transition to adulthood.
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Marital Instability Over the Life

Marital Instability Over the Life Course: 1981-1988
Investigators: Alan Booth, David J. Johnson, Lynn K. White, & John N. Edwards
This study consists of data drawn from a three-wave panel study on marital instability. Five major dimensions of marital quality formed the foci of the study: divorce proneness (or marital instability), marital problems, marital happiness, marital interaction, and marital disagreements.
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Child Care Low Income Study

The National Child Care Study 1990: Low-Income Substudy
Investigators: Sandra L. Hofferth, April Brayfield, Sharon Deich, Pamela Holcomb, & Frederic Glantz
The study was a nationally representative survey of households with total annual incomes below $15,000 and one or more children under age 13, and was focused on what kinds of child care arrangements respondents used, how those arrangements were chosen, and how they were paid for.
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Child Care Parent Study

National Child Care Survey 1990: Parent Study
Investigators: Sandra L. Hofferth, April Brayfield, Sharon Deich, Pamela Holcomb, & Frederic Glantz
This study focused on the use of child care arrangements, how child care affects parental employment patterns, how parents make decisions about child care, and the characteristics of the settings in which child care is provided.
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Parents and Children 1990 Survey

National Commission on Children: 1990 Survey of Parents and Children
Investigator: Kristin A. Moore
This survey collected nationally representative data on the current state of family life, the quality of the relationship between parents and their children and their interactions with the major institutions affecting the family, such as, schools, the workplace, neighborhoods, and religious and civic organizations.
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Family Violence Survey

1985 National Family Violence Survey
Investigators: Murray A. Straus & Richard J. Gelles
The Survey explores conflict/resolution and violence in the family and was designed to show that physical violence between family members is more frequent than believed and to generate comparisons of the incidence of intra-family physical violence by race and ethnicity.
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Family Violence Survey

1975 National Family Violence Survey
Investigators: Murray A. Straus & Richard J. Gelles
The Survey explores conflict/resolution and violence in the family and was designed to show that physical violence between family members is more frequent than believed.
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Child Health

National Health Interview Survey on Child Health, 1988
Investigators: National Center Health Statistics
This study is continuous cross-sectional survey. Topics covered in this study included child care, marital history of the child's parents, geographic mobility, circumstances of the pregnancy and birth, injuries, impairments, acute conditions, chronic conditions, passive smoking, sleep habits, school problems, developmental problems, and use of health care services.
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Adolescent Health

The National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, Waves I & II (Add Health), 1994-1996
Investigators: J. Richard Udry
The purpose of this study is to measure the impact of social environment on adolescent health. It examines the general health and well-being of adolescents in the United States, including the behaviors that promote health and the behaviors that are detrimental to health and the influence on health of factors particular to the communities in which adolescents reside.
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Survey of Children

1976-1987 National Survey of Children: Waves 1, 2 and 3
Investigators: Nicholas Zill, James L. Peterson, Kristin A. Moore, & Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr.
A three-wave longitudinal study in which the child was the focus of a personal interview with parents and children themselves.
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Survey of Families and Household

National Survey of Families and Household, 1992
Investigators: J. Sweet, et. al.
This was a national longitudinal survey of noninstitutionalized Medicare beneficiaries, that collected information about activities of daily living, functional limitations, self-care behaviors, general health, chronic health conditions, incontinence, health service usage, equipment use, medication, social support, and social and economic resources.
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Survey of Families and Households

1988 National Survey of Families and Households
Investigators: James Sweet, Larry Bumpass, & Vaughn Call
This survey was designed to look at the causes and consequences of changes in the American family and household structure. Topics include family process, stepparenting, attitudes towards cohabitation without marriage, sibling relationships, effects of divorce, child custody and child support arrangements following divorce
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Family Growth

The National Survey of Family Growth, Cycle V, 1995
Investigators: National Center for Health Statistics
This was a survey of women 15-44 years of age, and includes information on event histories of education, living arrangements during childhood, work, complete marital and cohabitation histories, and sexual partner histories.
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Child Care Home Based

A Profile of Child Care Settings: Home-Based Programs, 1990
Investigators: Ellen Eliason Kisker & Valarie Piper
The survey of home-based family care programs collected extensive data on a number of topics including care provided, children's activities, costs and income, help with child care, health and safety, and caregiver characteristics.
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Child Care Center Based

A Profile of Child Care Settings: Center-Based Programs, 1990
Investigators: Ellen Eliason Kisker & Valarie Piper
The survey of home-based family care programs collected extensive data on a number of topics including care provided, children's activities, costs and income, help with child care, health and safety, and caregiver characteristics.
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Child Custody Family Study

Stanford Child Custody Study: Family, 1984-1990
Investigators: Eleanor E. Maccoby, Robert H. Mnookin, & Charlene E. Depner
This study focuses on the evolution of child custody arrangements in divorcing families. This data was obtained from interviews with the family.
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Treatment Process

Treatment Process: A Problem at Three Levels, 1988
Investigators: Gerald R. Patterson & Patricia Chamberlain
This study investigated the process of therapeutic intervention in the treatment of oppositional children and their parents.
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