The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study

Family Structure Snapshot

The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study followed a cohort of almost 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 with data collected from both the biological mother and biological father at each wave. Nearly three-quarters of these children were born to unmarried parents. Due to the survey's unique target sample population, researchers are provided with an array of measures related to family structure including: 

  • Parent's current relationship status with the other biological parent of the focal child as well as their relationship status with their current partner (if applicable)
  • Current living arrangements of the focal child
  • Relationship history of both the mother and father of the focal child
  • Information on non-focal children
  • Contact with focal child and non-residential biological parents
  • Family structure of the focal child's parents when they were growing up

Suggested Citation:
National Center for Family & Marriage Research. Measures Snapshots: Name of Data Set.
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