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Call for papers, special issue of Socius about the Fragile Families Challenge

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…

Louis Donnelly is a PAA 2017 Poster Session Winner

FFCWS Postdoctoral Associate, Louis Donnelly is a PAA 2017 Poster Session Winner.

He received this award for his poster, "The Protective Effects of Housing Assistance Programs on Eviction" co-authored by Sara McLanahan, Jeanne Brooks…

McLanahan, Edin, and Currie spoke at Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute Conference

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…

FF Challenge Final Submission Deadline - Aug. 1

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…

Spotlight on the FF Challenge with Ian Lundberg

FFCWS just recently announced an exciting new project, the Fragile Families Challenge.  The Challenge is a mass collaboration combining predictive modeling, qualitative interviews, and causal inference to improve the lives of disadvantaged children in the US. We will give Challenge…

Announcing the Fragile Families Challenge

We are very excited to announce a new project using the Fragile Families data: The Fragile Families Challenge.

The Challenge is a…

Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop 2018
The Columbia Population Research Center will hold its next Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop in 2018.   The workshop is targeted toward early-career scholars from social science disciplines. We particularly encourage applications from junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students using the Fragile Families…
"Genomic Analysis for Social Behavioral Scientists" Workshop to be held at University of Michigan

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…

Health Affairs special issue highlights FFCWS publication

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. Nearly two years later, a special issue of Health Affairs features early findings from research on key factors that contribute to a…

WT Grant Foundation awards 3-year grant for work with FFCWS data

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!

This project will use FFCWS explore the role of fathers in reducing disparities in behavioral and academic outcomes…

"Tough on Crime, Tough on Families?"

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. The briefing capitalized on new research to give policymakers and advocates a clear and…

RSF Brief: Intimate Partner Violence in the Great Recession

A new brief from the Russell Sage Foundation describes FFCWS research on Intimate Partner Violence in the Great Recession:

Authors: Antonina Pavlenko, Columbia University …
PRB Bulletin Highlights FFCWS

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. The…

"Children of the Great Recession" book released by RSF

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.

Description

Many working families continue to struggle in the aftermath of…

Sara McLanahan inducted into American Philosophical Society

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?secti…

 

The Rise of Intimate Partner Violence During the Great Recession

The Woodrow Wilson School recently highlighted FFCWS work from Sara McLanahan, FFCWS PI, Daniel Schneider from University of California, Berkeley, and

What Do the Kids Say? Issues in Comparing Parental and Child Reports of Family Dynamics

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. 

What Do the Kids Say? Issues in Comparing…
Job Opening: Post-doctoral Research Associate

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.

This position will support new research on genetic and epigenetic measures…

Key Findings for Policy Makers

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…

Spotlight on FFCWS and Incarceration Research

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.

Recent publications

Turney and Wildeman published

Spotlight on FFCWS and the Great Recession

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…

Spotlight on FFCWS and Education Research

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.

Recent published work

FFCWS Participates in 22nd Annual CNSF Exhibition on Capitol Hill

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

Louis Donnelly, FFCWS  Postdoctoral Research Associate, represented the Study as well as PAA and APC. The annual event showcases roughly three dozen different exhibits for the…

Bloomberg news interviews Schneider about FFCWS work

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."

Schneider spoke about the study's findings regarding the effects of unemployment and hardship on IPV as well…

FFCWS at PAA 2016

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…

McLanahan to receive honorary degree

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.

For more information, you can read the

Fifteen-Year National Survey of 'Fragile Families' Fuels Wide Range of Research

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.

"The Fragile Families study has inspired numerous new scholars - in sociology, demography, economics, psychology…

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 2014, Colter Mitchell, John…

Sara McLanahan discusses Fragile Families and the future of marriage in Princeton Alumni Weekly

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.

"More and more, Americans tread two paths…