Frank Mott

Senior Research Scientist (retired)

Center for Human Resource Research, Ohio State University

Former principal investigator of the Child cohort.

NLS user since 1975

  • Mott, Frank L. "Women, Work, and Family: Dimensions of Change in American Society." Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, 1978
  • Mott, Frank L. and Susan H. Mott. "Prospective Life Style Congruence Among American Adolescents: Variations in the Association Between Fertility Expectations and Ideas Regarding Women's Roles." Social Forces 63,1 (September 1984): 184-208.
  • Mott, Frank L. "When is a Father Really Gone? Paternal-Child Contact in Father-Absent Homes." Demography 27,4 (November 1990): 499-517.
  • Mott, Frank L. "Sons, Daughters and Fathers' Absence: Differentials in Father-Leaving Probabilities and in Home Environments." Journal of Family Issues 15,1 (March 1994): 97-128.
  • Mott, Frank L., Lori Kowaleski-Jones, and Elizabeth G. Menaghan. "Paternal Absence and Child Behavior: Does a Child's Gender Make a Difference?" Journal of Marriage and Family 59,1 (February 1997): 103-118.
  • Mott, Frank L. "Utility of the HOME-SF Scale for Child Development Research in a Large National Longitudinal Survey: The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Cohort." Parenting: Science and Practice 4, 2-3 (April-September 2004): 259-270.
What I learned from NLS data

Essentially what I have learned is that research is no better than the quality of the data, which is contingent on the knowledge and sensitivity of the questions, the interviewers, as well as the capabilities of the researchers in using the data.

Why I chose NLS data

While working in Lagos, Nigeria in 1975 and wondering what to do next, I received a note from Herb Parnes asking whether I would like to work with the NLS at Ohio State. I happily accepted. Previously I had been involved in the inception of the NLS while working at the Department of Labor Manpower Administration in 1965. I might be able to say that I'm the only one who has been connected with the NLS for its whole 50 year history!