The absence of a father — due to incarceration, death, separation or divorce — has adverse physical and behavioral consequences for a growing child. But little is known about the biological processes that underlie this link between father loss and child well-being.
The New Scientist recently published an article "Children who sleep less may age faster at a cellular level", which covers recent findings from FFCWS research on youth sleep and telomere length.
Socius, an open access journal published by the American Sociological Association, will publish a special issue on the predictive modeling phase of the Fragile Families Challenge.
FFCWS Postdoctoral Associate, Louis Donnelly is a PAA 2017 Poster Session Winner.
The Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute is a new Federal Reserve initiative aimed at conducting world-class research to measure, analyze and make recommendations to improve the economic well-being of all Americans, with a particular focus on structural barriers that limit full participa
There is still lots of time to participate in the Fragile Families Challenge! Click here to register if you have not yet.
We are very excited to announce a new project using the Fragile Families data: The Fragile Families Challenge.
Researchers from the University of Michigan invite you to apply to the Genomic Analysis for Social Behavioral Scientists Workshop, held at the University of Michigan June 12-16, 2017.
In 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announced a vision of working with others to build a Culture of Health that gives everyone in America an equal opportunity to live the healthiest life they can.
Congratulations to Daniel Miller (Boston U), Lenna Nepomnyaschy (Rutgers) and Maureen Waller (Cornell) on their newly awarded 3-year research grant from the WT Grant Foundation Research Program to Reduce Inequality!
On Sept. 19 at 3 p.m., the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Right on Crime, and the Scholars Strategy Network hosted a Capitol Hill policy seminar on the effects of over-incarceration and criminal justice contact on the American family.
A new brief from the Russell Sage Foundation describes FFCWS research on Intimate Partner Violence in the Great Recession:
A new bulletin from the Population Reference Bureau entitled Understanding the Dynamics of Family Change in the United States, discusses new family research, including many studies which use the FFCWS data.
A new book using FFCWS data, Children of the Great Recession, has been released by the Russell Sage Foundation and is edited by Irwin Garfinkel, Sara McLanahan, and Christopher Wimer.
FFCWS PI, Sara McLanahan was recently elected to the American Philosophical Society (APS), the nation's oldest scholarly organization. For the full story, see: http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S46/72/98I23/index.xml?sectio...
A recent Clinical Report from the American Academy of Pediatrics e
The Woodrow Wilson School recently highlighted FFCWS work from Sara McLanahan, FFCWS PI, Daniel Schneider from University of California, Berkeley, and
On Monday, May 23rd, Sharon Bzostek of Rutgers University's Sociology department presented her work with FFCWS data at the Northwestern University Applied Quantitative Methods Workshop.
CRCW and the Department of Molecular Biology invite outstanding researchers to apply for a postdoctoral position to study the interplay between genetic characteristics, the social environment and children's health, education and social emotional development.
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study was originally designed to primarily address four questions of great interest to researchers and policy makers: (1) What are the conditions and capabilities of unmarried parents, especially fathers?; (2) What is the nature of the relationships between unmarried parents?; (3) How do children born int
Recent publications using the Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing data provide a family-wide view of the effects of parental incarceration on family dynamics and child behavior, as well as potential predictors for paternal and maternal incarceration.
The Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study data are valuable for examinations of the effects of the Great Recession due to the timing of our follow-up waves (See “Data available” below for details).
Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study data users have recently published widely on the effects of early childhood exposures (ages 3-5) on school performance including skill development and test scores.
Karen Weise of Bloomberg recently interviewed Daniel Schneider about his paper in Demography, written with co-authors Kristen Harknett and Sara McLanahan, entitled "Intimate Partner Violence in the Great Recession."
Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study PIs, staff, and data users attended the Population Association of American 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. from March 30-April 2.
Sara McLanahan, Fragile Families PI, is among the five distinguished individuals who will be recognized with honorary degrees at Northwestern University's commencement ceremony on Friday, June 17.
Sara McLanahan (PI), Christina Paxton (former co-PI), and Daniel Notterman (DNA Component Director) were interviewed for a Princeton University Featured Story on the past, present, and future of the Fragile Families study.
Research Brief #50: Effects of Social Disadvantage & Genetic Sensitivity on Children's Telomere Length
When focal children were 9 years old, we collected saliva samples, which we've used to extract biomarkers such as telomere length and polymorphisms. Telomeres are the region at the end of the chromosome, which deteriorate as a person ages. Polymorphisms are the natural variants in a person's genes.
In a recent Princeton Alumni Weekly article on the future of marriage, Principal Investigator Sara McLanahan discusses Fragile Families and the “diverging destinies” between between rich and poor Americans.