Published on December 28, 2007
Measuring Family Relationships in the Fragile Families Study: Measuring Family Relationships in the Fragile Families Study Marcy Carlson Columbia University July 16, 2004 Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop Baseline M-F Relationship Status: Baseline M-F Relationship Status History: How long knew each other before got pregnant Why did romantic rel. end (if broken up) Current relationship status Married (yes/no) Cohabiting (yes/no) Type (steady romantic; on & off; just friends; hardly talk; never talk) Chances of marriage to baby’s father (none, a little, 50-50, pretty good, almost certain) Chances of ever marrying someone (same as above) Baseline M-F Relationship Quality: Baseline M-F Relationship Quality Supportiveness (often, sometimes, never) Fair & willing to compromise Shows affection/love Insults/criticizes Encourages/helps Conflict (often, sometimes, never) Money, spending time, sex, the pregnancy, drinking/drugs, being faithful Companionship (did in last month) Visited w/ friends, went out, ate out, helped solve problem 1 Year M-F Relationship Status: 1 Year M-F Relationship Status History: Relationship type when child born (married, rom., sep/div., just friends, not in any) Cohabiting when child born (all/most, some, rarely, never) Dates: marriage, cohab, sep/divorce, end of rel. Why did relationship end Current relationship status Type (married, rom., sep/div., just friends, not in any) Cohabiting (all/most, some, rarely, never) Not all/most: # of nights, how often see/talk (18 cities) 1 Year M-F Relationship Quality: 1 Year M-F Relationship Quality Supportiveness (often, sometimes, never) Fair & willing to compromise Expresses affection/love Insults/criticizes Encourages/helps Listens when need someone to talk to Really understands your hurts & joys Argue (always, often, sometimes, rarely, never) Overall quality (poor, fair, good, very good, excellent) Controlling behavior Tries to keep from seeing friends/family Tries to prevent from going to work/school Withholds money 1 Year M-F Relationship Quality: 1 Year M-F Relationship Quality Questions asked about mother and biological father (regardless of residential status) Questions asked about residential new partners Baseline Father Involvement: Baseline Father Involvement Mom report: Gave money Helped in another way Visited in hospital Name on birth certificate Baby will have surname Dad says wants to be involved Dad report: Gave money Helped in another way Present at birth Has held baby Name on birth certificate Baby will have surname Wants to be involved 1 Year Father-Child Activities(F about self; M about F): 1 Year Father-Child Activities (F about self; M about F) Play games Sing songs/nursery rhymes Read stories Tell stories Play inside with toys Take child to visit relatives Hug or show physical affection Put child to bed Change diaper – only M about F Feed or give bottle – only M about F Slide9: Father-Child Contact about One Year after Baby’s Birth (n=4,337) Marital birth 94.4 Nonmarital birth Slide10: Father-Child Contact about One Year after Nonmarital Birth (n=3,260) Resident at birth Non-resident at birth Slide11: Father-Child Activities Past Month 1=never 2= < few times/wk 3=few times/wk 4=every day/nearly Frequency of Spanking (Last Month): Frequency of Spanking (Last Month) The end…!: The end…!