February 9, 2008

Adolescent and Family Development 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 Di Samek.

Principal investigators: Stuart T. Hauser; Alan M. Jacobson; Gil G. Noam; Sally I. Powers
According to the Murray archive (www.murray.harvard.edu), “The purpose of this study was to examine adolescent development and psychopathology within the context of the family environment. Three groups of adolescents and their parents were studied: insulin dependent diabetic adolescents; adolescents who were psychiatrically hospitalized in the first year of the study; and nonpatient high school students. “
• Years that data were collected: 1978 to 1982
• Type of data collected: “using a battery of instruments assessing personality and moral development. “
• Participants: “There were 57 participants in the diabetic sample, 70 in the psychiatric sample, and 76 in the nonpatient sample. All participants were 14 years old when first contacted.?
• Waves of data: 4 waves: “Interviews were conducted each year, focusing on changes, stresses, and familial and peer relationships. Direct observation of family interactions was also included each year.?
Accessibility of data and how to gain access: “The Murray Archive holds additional analogue materials for this study from all four years of the study Data are available for the psychiatric and nonpatient samples, but not for the diabetic sample. If you would like to access this material, please apply to use the data.?
• Website: either search for “Adolescent and Family Development? through www.murray.harvard.edu or use the following link:
• Citation: Stuart T. Hauser; Alan M. Jacobson; Gil G. Noam; Sally I. Powers, 1992, "Adolescent and Family Development Study, 1978-1982", hdl:1902.1/00945 UNF:3:gNtHUfeOlaVzXIvDvNBV4A== Murray Research Archive [Distributor]

In this reviewer’s opinion, the strengths of this data set include both a clinical and non-clinical sample as well as observational data in addition to self-report methods. This data set might be more useful for family research if it included assessments other than the adolescent, such as parent or sibling reports. This might actually be the case, but this information is not listed on the Murray archive. Other weaknesses include an accurate description of what kind of observational data was collected, of course these weaknesses are not necessarily of the study, but of the information that is currently available about the study. One criticism I have is that in order to use the data set, one must actually go to Harvard.

Posted by hgroteva at February 9, 2008 1:54 PM