Dr Kathryn Edin, director of the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW) and PI of FFCWS, is pleased to announce the appointment of Regina Foglia to the position of Office/Business Manager of the CRCW effective 3/21/22.

Marta Tienda is the Maurice P During Professor in Demographic Studies; Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Emeritus; and joins CRCW as a Visiting Senior Research Scholar.

The Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC) is accepting applications for the Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop to be held in-person (virtual attendance is available) June 22-24, 2022. Travel and hotel costs will be covered for successful applicants.

The Fragile Families Year 15 Sleep Actigraphy Dataset has been added to Princeton University's Office of Population Research (OPR) data archive as a separate public file for download.

Sara McLanahan passed away on December 31st at 3:15 p.m., just a few days after her eighty-first birthday and five months after her retirement as the Princeton's William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs.

Dr. Kathryn Edin, director of the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW), is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr.

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...

Sara McLanahan, the William S. Tod Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and Founding PI of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, is retiring this spring. Please join us in celebrating the many accomplishments and contributions of Dr. McLanahan!

A core strength of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study is its significant representation of Black and Latinx families. Many researchers have used these data to study the impacts of mass incarceration, police contact, and school discipline, which disproportionately affect communities of color.

Recent publications using the Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing data provide a family-wide view of the effects of parental incarceration on child behavior, family dynamics and and child support, as well as the effects of police contact on child health.

If hundreds of scientists created predictive algorithms with high-quality data, how well would the best predict life outcomes? Not very well. The paper summarizing the methods and results of the Fragile Families Challenge led by Matt Salganik and Ian Lundberg has been published in Proceedings of the National Academy...

Sara McLanahan and Kathy Edin would like to announce the promotion of Kristin Catena to Research Manager of the Fragile Families Projects.

Kristin came to the study as a part time Researcher in 2014 and was hired full time as a Research Specialist II in August of...

Fragile Families Co-PI Kathy Edin spoke to Spotlight On Poverty and Opportunity about the "Index of Deep Disadvantage", a measure of poverty that "looks at a range of factors beyond...

A new Index of Deep Disadvantage seeks to unpack poverty beyond income-based measures to other dimensions of disadvantage, including health and social mobility.

Research coming from the Fragile Families collaborative project Biopsychosocial Determinants of Sleep and Wellbeing for Teens in FFCWS, led by PI's Lauren Hale and Orfeu Buxton, has helped to inform a recent report on school start times from the Pennsylvania Joint State Commission on School Start Times.

FFCWS Co-PI Jane Waldfogel testified to the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress on September 10th, 2019. Waldfogel talked about how current public policies improve family and child well-being, and what needs to be done to better support American families in the future.

We are happy to announce our plans for the seventh wave of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study!

Fieldwork will begin in 2020, when our focal children are approximately 22 years old. This wave will include a survey with the “focal child” as a young adult as well as with the person who was the Primary Caregiver (PCG) at Age 15...

John Krinjak from ABC6 News, Providence, RI, interviewed Jayanti Owens about her findings on racial disparities in school discipline.

The National Sleep Foundation has named Orfeu M. Buxton, PhD, Co-PI of "Biopsychosocial Determinants of Sleep and Wellbeing for Teens in FFCWS," as the next editor-in-chief for its journal Sleep Health. Buxton is professor of biobehavioral health and director of the Sleep, Health & Society Collaboratory at Pennsylvania State...

Colter Mitchell, the Principal Investigator on the "Adolescent Wellbeing and Brain Development" collaborative study, received the...

On Thursday May 16, a group of international experts will make up a panel at Stony Brook University that  tackles the question:  What effect is digital media having on the brain and even body development of children?

FFCWS Co-PI Kathy Edin's paper "The Tenuous Attachments of Working Class Men" was recently cited in the New York Times opinion piece by David Brooks, The Rise of the Haphazard Self.

Fragile Families Co-PI Sara McLanahan received the Population Association of America's Robert J. Lapham Award at this year's annual meeting. The Robert J. Lapham Award recognizes members of PAA who contributed to the population profession through the application of demographic knowledge to policy issues.

Fragile Families Co-Principal Investigators, Sara McLanahan and Kathy Edin, have been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

Fragile Families Co-PI Kathryn Edin recently spoke on the "Future Hindsight" podcast about her work in "the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family, life, and neighborhood contexts through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations".

FFCWS Co-PI Sara McLanahan was interviewed about the study for this BBC article from February 5th, titled "Do children in two-parent families do better?"

We at the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study are happy to congratulate Kristin Turney for being named a RSF Visiting Scholar for the class of 2019–2020!

Lenna Nepomnyaschy of the Rutgers School of Social Work recently spoke about her work with FFCWS data for the Poverty Research and Policy Podcast at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Institute for Research on Poverty.

FFCWS Co-PI Jane Waldfogel gave a presentation at the international seminar "Public policies in family and childhood.

FFCWS Co-PI, Kathryn Edin, and colleagues are launching a new study - the American Voices Project - a joint initiative of the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, Princeton University’s Center for Research on Child Wellbeing, and the American Institutes for Research. You can now listen to...

FFCWS Co-PI, Kathryn Edin presented her research on fatherhood Thursday, November 29 at "The Father Factor: A Critical Link in Building Strong Families and Communities", at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.

We are happy to announce the Fall 2018 Re-Release of the FFCWS public data and documentation! This re-release includes new and improved data files for all FFCWS data from baseline through Year 15, along with improved accompanying documentation. Year 15 Weights are now also available.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the FFCWS Metadata Explorer! The Metadata Explorer website allows users to browse and sort FFCWS variables by topic, wave, respondent, focal person, scales, survey, source, and variable type or to perform more detailed queries and/or text...

The American Academy of Pediatrics put out a policy statement on the adverse outcomes associated with corporal punishment, citing FFCWS research showing a correlation between spanking and higher levels of aggression and externalizing behavior. See below for the abstract and link to the full paper.

A recent blog post by Ian Lundberg on Freedom to Tinker summarizes a paper about the privacy and ethics process from the Fragile Families Challenge.

Princeton’s inaugural AI4ALL summer program brought 32 rising 11th-graders to campus for an immersive residential camp, July 23 to Aug. 11.

Mathematica today announced the appointment of Matthew Salganik to serve as a member of the organization’s board of directors.

FFCWS investigator, Kathy Edin spoke with Arthur Brooks about how stories can complicate data and show us a fuller picture on The Arthur Brooks Show.

Listen to “Tell Me a Story” here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-arthur-brooks-show/...

Work from the Fragile Families Challenge was recently featured on NPR's Invisibilia podcast, which combines human interest stories with current scientific research to explore the unseeable forces which control human behavior and...

Teen girls who are attracted to other girls are far more likely than other students to be suspended or expelled from school, according to a study by Joel Mittleman, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Princeton University.

We are pleased to announce that the data from our sixth wave of data collection, the Year 15 follow-up wave, are now available for download through the OPR Data Archive!

What would happen if hundreds of social scientists and data scientists worked together on a scientific challenge to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the United States?

The FFCWS Publication Archive has been redesigned and is now available with new search features and abstracts!

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 Fragile Families Challenge received over 3,000 submissions from more 150 teams between the pilot launch on March 3, 2017, and the close on August 1, 2017. Each team’s final submission score on the holdout set is provided at this link. We are excited to now announce the...

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. All participants in the Fragile Families Challenge are invited to...

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...

There is still lots of time to participate in the Fragile Families Challenge! Click here to register if you have not yet.

The final submission deadline for the Fragile Families Challenge will be 2pm Eastern...

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. The purpose of the workshop is to familiarize researchers with genetic data and provide hands-on training on incorporating genetic information into social science...

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...


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...

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). Recently, many researchers have approached the FFCWS data with a focus on the Great Recession and have studied its effects on a variety of...

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.

The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study exhibited at the 22nd Annual CNSF Capitol Hill Exhibition (link is external on Tuesday, April 26.

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. Thank you to all those who visited our staff in the exhibit hall to learn more about the...

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.

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.

The Columbia Population Research Center will hold its next Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop in 2018.  
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