Researchers at Princeton University, Columbia University, Rutgers University, and the University of Michigan received a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD 1R01HD103669) to study the third generation of participants of the Fragile Families study. This project—named the Fragile Families: The Third Generation or FFG3 study—will collect information on perinatal health, parenthood experiences, and characteristics of households and families into which the 3rd-generation children are born, as well as biological samples from the 3rd-generation children and their parents who are not already part of the FFCWS study. The data will facilitate novel and important analyses of intergenerational transmission of health, intergenerational relationships within families, and gene*environment effects on health. It will also provide an essential foundation for future G3 data collection at subsequent developmental transitions including school readiness at the transition to school, and health and development in middle childhood, adolescence, and the transition to adulthood.
The project will be led by Julien Teitler, Professor of Social Work and Sociology at Columbia University, Nancy Reichman, Visiting Research Scholar at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University and Professor of Pediatrics at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University, and Daniel Notterman, Senior Research Scholar and Professor of the Practice in Molecular Biology, Princeton University and Professor of Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group.