Datasets on Children and Parentsjump-roper

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Gallup News Service Poll: Child Abuse Study

Roper study number: USAIPOGNS1995-PARENTS
Date: 1995
Sample: National adult parents
Variables: 109
Major topics covered:
Raising children(9); questions about child(5); methods used to discipline children(23); caring for children(5); forms of discipline(12); punishment(1); agreement on discipline(1); fights between partners(1); childhood experience with punishment(4) childhood experience with abuse between parents(4); rating as parent(3); childhood experience with sexual abuse(2).

USA Today Poll: Child Abuse

Study# USUSATY1989-3136
Survey Sponsor: USA Today
Survey Firm: Gordon S. Black Corporation
Field dates: February 17-19, 1989
Sample size: 801
Variables: 30
Major topics covered: Subjects' attitudes about proper discipline of children, how they themselves were disciplined (or abused) as children, and perceptions about when discipline crosses the line into child abuse. It asks subjects' opinions about the roll of schools and government in intervention. It asks them the conditions in which they might be apt to report child abuse. It asks questions about their discipline patterns with their own children. Demographic questions (race, age, income, education, etc.) are also included.

Sports and Kids Survey

Survey Sponsor: Kaiser Family Foundation
Survey firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates (PSRA)
Date: 1999
Sample: Parents and Children ages 10-17
Sample size: 1,950
Variables: 179
Major topics covered:
Groups that Influence Children (6); Influence of Athletes (14); People Child Looks up to (5); Sports (9); Description of Famous Athletes (8); Influence of famous athletes (13); Lessons learned from athletes (7); Athletes & Health issues (4); Athletes & likelihood of doing things (5); Athlete Actions on Field (22); Athletes & Ads (2); Medicare & Athletes (11); Male vs. Female Athletes (11); Participation in Sports (3)

Children & War (1971)

Survey firm: Howard Tolley
Dates: January-March, 1971
Sample: Children in grades three through eight and Teachers
Sample size: 2,761
Notes: Polling was conducted in 14 schools in New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. Third and fourth grade children had questions read out loud to them.
Major topics covered: Is the US right in fighting its war in Vietnam, is war sometimes needed, is war exciting or boring, is peace exciting or boring, should the US drop an atom bomb in Vietnam, should the US send more troops to Vietnam, from what source do you get your information about the war in Vietnam (parents, older siblings, friends, teachers, books, radio, TV, etc.), who among your acquaintenances have you heard saying that the US should get out of Vietnam, have you seen Vietnam war combat on TV, do you know anyone who was injured or killed in the war, who is the US trying to help in fighting this war – north or south Vietnam, what weapon is most used in this war (multiple choice), which US president started peace talks, should teachers express their views about Vietnam in class, what is the US's biggest problem, would you want to be in the military, what is your religion, what TV shows do you watch, how many brothers/sisters do you have, does your father or another relative serve in the armed forces, race, grade, gender, and more.

Media Attitudes/Youth Engagement/Religion After 9/11

Study# USPEW2001-11
Survey firm: Princeton Survey Research Associates
Survey Sponsor: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press
Date: November 2001
Sample: National adult
Sample size: 1,500
Variables: 138
Major topics covered: George W. Bush job approval (1); New stories from past month (7); Method of hearing news about terrorism (10); Job performance of press (1); Military action against those responsible for terror attacks (2); Interested in news (2); News media in society (1); News criticism of people hinder job performance (2); News correct/incorrect (1); Phrase that describes news organizations (8); Feelings about federal government (7); People trusted/not trusted (1); Things in the news (4); Confidence in military (1); Confidence in government (1); News censorship (4); Accurate news coverage (4); Military hiding bad news (1); Government hiding bad news (1); News giving Osama Bin Laden opportunity (1); Discussion on stopping terrorism (1); More control over news (2); Better news coverage (3); Reason's for News censorship (1); Results of terrorist attacks (4); Religion gaining or losing influence (1); Attend religious services (2); How important is religion (1); Opinion of..(8); Know anyone Muslim (1); Knowledge of Muslim practices (2); Closer to view (2); Worry when U.S. uses force (1); Reason's for terrorist attacks (1); God protecting U.S. (1); Use computer/Internet (2).

Luntz Survey: Substance Abuse II: Teens and their parents

Field dates: July-August 1996
Sample: 1,200 Teenagers aged 12-17 and 1,166 Parents
Major topics covered:
Teen survey: Most important problem (1); future goals (1); hobbies (1); bored on weekends (1); alcohol (9); marijuana (8); illegal drugs (5); drug use at school (8); know someone who sells drugs (2); legalization of marijuana (1); smoking cigarettes encouraged by media (1); drug use encouraged by media (1); American culture glamorizes these (3); dinner with family (1); specific time to be home at night (1); parents knowledge of weekend activities (1); parents work (2); family (1); importance of religion (2); importance of racial/ethnic heritage (1); grades in school (1); respondent's weight (1); sex (1). Adult survey: Most important problem (1); smoking cigarettes (5); buying and using tobacco/alcohol/marijuana (6); alcohol (4); illegal drugs (11); marijuana (2); legalization of marijuana (1); media encouraging smoking (1); media encouraging marijuana use (1); sex (2); drug use at school (6); religion (4); try marijuana/illegal drugs (2).

Luntz Survey: Substance Abuse: Teens and Adults

Survey sponsor: The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
Field dates: May 18-June 8, 1995
Sample: 400 Teens and 2000 Adults
Major topics covered:
Teen survey: Most important problem (1); economic opportunities (1); smoke cigarettes (5); alcohol (9); marijuana (9); illegal drugs (18); tobacco/drug/alcohol addiction (4); drug selling (1); anti-drug program (1); legalization of marijuana/drugs (2); ,media encouraging illegal drug use (2); source of information (4); employment (1); hobbies (1); family (1); parents work (2); religion (2); grades in school (1). Adult survey: Most important problem (1); AIDS (1); illegal drugs (14); morality in US (1); smoke cigarettes (8); marijuana (9); alcohol (6); cigarette/drug/alcohol addictions (9); anti-drug program (4); legalization of marijuana/drugs (2); drug laws (1); media encouraging illegal drug use (3); community efforts in anti-drug program (1); children interaction with drugs (1); source of information (6).

Attitudes Toward the Public Schools Survey

Survey Sponsor: Phi Delta Kappa
Survey firm: Gallup Organization
Date: May 23-June 6, 2001
Sample: National adult with an oversample of parents
Sample size: 1,108
Variables: 84
Major topics covered: Biggest public school problem (3); grading public schools (3); improving public Education (14); School Choice/vouchers (3); Charter Schools (3); Home Schooling (3); internet Courses (2); School Quality & Expenditures (2); Higher Learning levels (3); Student testing (13); Black vs. White academic achievement (6); Privatization (4); Gun Control (3)

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