From 1992 to 1999, researchers at Child Trends, a Washington-based nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization focused exclusively on children, prepared and disseminated two reports highlighting behavioral and environmental factors that shape the health of the family.
Previous efforts to collect information on the status and well being of Americans have focused on individuals, not families.
In the first report—entitled Running in Place: How American Families Are Faring in a Changing Economy and an Individualistic Society—the research team examined social trends that can influence the health of families. Among the key conclusions in the report:
In the second report—entitled Setting an Example: The Health, Medical Care, and Health-Related Behavior of American Parents—the research team examined parents' attitudes and behavior related to their own health and its effects on their children. Among the key conclusions made in the report: