February 11, 2008

Socialization of Problem Behavior in Youth, 1969 - 1981

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 Dorothy Rombo.

Website: www.murray.harvard.edu

Principal investigators: Richard Jessor & Shirley L. Jessor

The data can be accessed through the Murray research archive that stores research data in different formats including audio, visual, written etc.

How to access data
Collections of data are classified according to subject. The socialization of problem behavior in youth data are grouped under the health subsection. The data in each section are arranged in either alphabetical order or identification number. Guidelines on what is available and how to access data are given through hot links.
The purpose: to examine problem behavior of youth and developmental processes of change and growth within a social-psychological and psychosocial context.

The study comprised of two phases:
1. Longitudinal study of high school and college study and one wave of family interview.
2. Young adult follow up study that included two samples from phase one.

Years and waves of data collection:

phase wave year participants
1 3 1969-1972 High school, 7th, 8th and 9th graders (N=589)
1 1 1970 Family interview study
(N=200 parents of participants in “high school study�
2 1 Young adult follow up study
Including two samples from wave 1
2 3 1970-1973 1951 birth cohort (N= 276 M&F)
2 1 1981 384 “high school study� and 184 “college study� participant

A 50-page questionnaire was administered to the participants of both the "High School Study" and the "College Study" during these four waves of data collection. The questionnaire contained a variety of subscales which focused on behavior, personality, and perceived environment.

Data gathered through a semi-structured interview with mothers covered aspects of parental beliefs, attitudes, behaviors, and socialization practices. Mothers and fathers independently filled out a questionnaire consisting of personality and attitude measures.

Data: longitudinal, cross sectional & field study.

How to acces the data.
The study website provides reference terms for using the data and an on line application to be filled by potential users. A description of potential users’ project is required before one is granted permission to use the data which is also accessed online.

Posted by hgroteva at February 11, 2008 6:57 PM