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National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW)

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Monday, March 25, 2013 - 14:59
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Administration for Children and Families, United States Department of Health and Human Services
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Washington, DC
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Description: The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) makes available nationally representative longitudinal data drawn from first-hand reports from children, parents, and other caregivers, as well as reports from caseworkers, teachers, and data from administrative records. The study describes the child welfare system and the experiences of children and families who come in contact with the system.

Population: The sample represents the children and families that enter the child welfare system, including over 5501 children (age zero to 14) from 97 agencies. The sample was drawn from local child protective services investigations, including opened and unopened cases, and in- and out-of-home care, and included children and families that had entered the child welfare system. The second sample includes 5,873 children (age zero to 17.5), from 83 counties nationwide.

Periodicity: Data collection started in Fall 1999 and was then conducted monthly for 15 months, with baseline data completed in April 2001. Follow-up data was collected in four rounds at 12 months, 18 months, and 60-72 months post-baseline. NSCAW II: Data collection began in 2008, with one follow-up completed at 18 months post-baseline. Second follow-up at 36-months began Summer 2011. All data collected so far is available.

Additional relevant topics covered in this dataset: Social functioning and relationships.

(Information adapted from the publisher)

For more information, please see the Compendium of Family-Self Sufficiency Databases.

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