Jen Jen Chang

Associate Professor

College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University

NLS user since 2003

  • Chang JJ, Halpern CT, Kaufman JS. Maternal depressive symptoms, father's involvement, and the trajectories of child problem behaviors in a US national sample. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007;161 (7):697-703.
What I learned from NLS data

Linear growth curve models indicate that the adverse effects of maternal depressive symptoms on child problem behavior trajectories become negligible after controlling
for the father’s involvement and other covariates, including the child’s age, sex, and race/ethnicity; the mother’s educational level; maternal age at child birth;
number of children; poverty status; urban residence; and father’s residential status. Positive involvement by the father was inversely associated with child problem behavior
trajectories. The effects of maternal depressive symptoms on child problem behaviors varied by the level of the father’s positive involvement.

Why I chose NLS data

It was very difficult to find a longitudinal study that is as extensive and as long in duration as the NLSY and I was glad to be able to use NLSY for my research.