The Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study is following a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly three-quarters of whom were born to unmarried parents). We refer to unmarried parents and their children as “fragile families” to underscore that they are families and that they are at greater risk of breaking up and living in poverty than more traditional families.
The core 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 into these families fare?; and (4) How do policies and environmental conditions affect families and children?
FFCWS is covered by Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index.
The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is the longest running population based birth cohort study in the U.S. We have been collecting data for the past 17 years on nearly 5,000 families.
The first five waves of data are publicly available through the Office of Population Research data archive https://opr.princeton.edu/Archive/FF/ .