Session: Exploring the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) Data (Society for Social Work and Research 27th Annual Conference - Social Work Science and Complex Problems: Battling Inequities + Building Solutions)

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283 Exploring the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) Data

Sunday, January 15, 2023: 8:00 AM-9:30 AM
Alhambra, 2nd Level (Sheraton Phoenix Downtown)
Cluster: Research Design and Measurement
Yu Yang, PhD, Princeton University
Brittany Libby, MSW, LSW, Princeton University and Yu Yang, PhD, Princeton University
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) is the longest running birth cohort study in the US based on a national probability sample. It is based on a stratified, multistage sample of 4898 children born in large U.S. cities (population over 200,000) between 1998 and 2000, where births to unmarried mothers were oversampled by a ratio of 3 to 1. This sampling strategy resulted in the inclusion of a large number of Black, Hispanic, and low-income families and provides sufficient data to examine racial inequalities. Mothers were interviewed shortly after birth and fathers were interviewed at the hospital or by phone. Follow-up interviews were conducted when children were approximately ages 1, 3, 5, 9, 15, and 22 (began late 2020). When weighted, the data are representative of births in large US cities.

The FFCWS provides free access to its public use data, which covers a wide range of topics, including education, employment, housing, relationships, parenting, health, income, religion, and more. It also releases restricted use contract data to the research community via a Contract Data Agreement. Those restricted use contract data include residential contextual files, school contextual files, as well as biological and health files. The longitudinal information on individual, family, school, and neighborhood characteristics makes the FFCWS a rich data source to support research on a wide range of social work research topics, including criminal justice, inequality, family structure, child and adolescent development, mental health, domestic violence, substance abuse, and more.

This workshop is designed for both researchers who are interested in learning about using FFCWS data for the first time and current FFCWS data users who would like a deeper dive into navigating our data. This workshop will introduce researchers to 1) a brief overview of the history and data collection of the FFCWS, including the variety of survey and activity components included in our six waves of available data; 2) a guide to the file structure, contents, and data conventions used in FFCWS including tips and advice from experts in FFCWS data support; 3) a tutorial on the contents and use of our metadata web interface; and 4) an exploration of how the FFCWS data can be used for different research topics. Our goals for this workshop are to provide a solid background for working with FFCWS data and to support participants as they begin variable exploration and selection relevant to their own research questions. We will also share the updates of our Year 22 data collection in this workshop.

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