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Publication Date: May-2000
Type of Material: Research Report
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.
Notes: The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study was developed to provide information about unmarried parents and their children. New mothers are interviewed in the hospital within 48 hours of their child’s birth, and fathers are interviewed either in the hospital or elsewhere as soon as possible after the birth. The study will follow these parents and their children for at least four years to study the relationships in these families and to see what factors (including government policy) may push them closer together or pull them apart. Data are being collected in twenty cities with populations over 200,000. The data are representative of nonmarital births in each city, and the full sample will be representative of all nonmarital births in large cities in the U.S. Currently, we have data from the first seven cities in the study—Austin, Baltimore, Detroit, Newark, Oakland, Philadelphia and Richmond.

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