February 7, 2008

Family Socialization and Developmental Competence Project

In January 2008, each student in FSoS 5014, Introduction to Quantitative Family Research Methods, was asked to summarize and evaluate information about a secondary data set used in the family field. The following summary was prepared by Bibiana Koh.

A. Official Name of the study: Family Socialization and Developmental Competence Project

B. Study Purpose: The purpose of this study “was to explore familial determinants of individual differences in children’s and adolescents’ competence and development.?

C. Principal Investigators: Diana Baumrind

D. Years during which data were collected: 1968-1980

E. Number of waves of data, and ages of participants at each wave:

• Wave I (1968) – 4 to 5years old
• Wave II (1972) – 7 to 9 years old
• Wave III (1978) – 14 to 15 years old

F. Participants (type and numbers) from whom data were directly collected: 194 families (seen at least once) compromised of parents and children in white middle-class families

• Wave I (1968) – 134 children and their parents (original cohort)
• Wave II (1972) – 104 children and their parents (original cohort); 60 children and their parents (second cohort)
• Wave III (1978) – 89 children (original cohort); 50 children (second cohort)

G. Types of data (survey, interview, observation, records, etc.): questionnaires, personal interviews, videotaped observations, intelligence test (for children only, e.g. Stanford-Binet and WISC)

H. My assessment of strengths and weaknesses of the data set:

Strengths of the data set:

• A major strength of the data set is the measures used at each wave for both children and parents. The measures are comprehensive and include a wide range of variables.
• Multiple forms of data were collected allowing for different kinds of analyses.


Weaknesses of the data set:

• The sample is not diverse and is not nationally representative; the sample is limited to the East Bay area (Berkeley and Oakland, California).
• Given that Wave I was collected nearly 40 years ago, keep in mind the cohort effects if you chose to work with this data set.


I. Accessibility of data to the research community: The data set appears to be easily accessible after you complete and submit an application to gain access to the data.

J. My assessment of how useful data set is for family research: The data set appears to be quite useful for family research given the range and variety of measures used and the data collected. If you chose to use this data set, one thing to keep in mind are the cohort effects given that Wave I was collected nearly 40 years ago.

K. Web site and what kind of information is available: The web site is http://www.murray.harvard.edu/. The web site houses a large amount of data for the archive. It also has quick links for finding and depositing data, and dissertation grants.

L. How does one gain access to the data? To gain access to the data, you must complete an on-line application to request to use the data. As part of the application, you need to submit a 1-2 page description of your proposed research project.

Posted by hgroteva at February 7, 2008 10:28 PM