Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (LA FANS)

Los Angeles, CA
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The Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (L.A.FANS) was a longitudinal study of families in Los Angeles County, California, and of the neighborhoods in which they live.

Research suggests that safe, supportive neighborhoods are important for children, teens, and adults. But what makes a neighborhood a positive place to live? This study has tried to answer this question by comparing the lives of children and adults in a broad range of neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County.

The L.A.FANS focused on:

  • Neighborhood, family, and peer effects on children's development
  • Effects of welfare reform at the neighborhood level
  • Residential mobility and neighborhood change

Wave 2 of L.A.FANS fieldwork was completed at the end of 2008. Interviews were conducted using English and Spanish language Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) questionnaires—the language of the interview depended on the language with which the respondent was more comfortable. Sampled respondents who were not able to respond in English or Spanish were not interviewed. The interview was quite long, sometimes taking up to two hours.

Wave 2 of the Los Angeles Survey of Families and Neighborhoods (LAFANS) resulted in 1,242 completed interviews with adult respondents who were selected as part of the original Wave 1 study and who lived in Los Angeles County at Wave 2; 199 “new entrant” adult respondents – i.e., adults randomly selected (RSA) from the original 65 L.A. census tracts who moved into those neighborhoods between Wave 1 and Wave 2 -- ; 1,579 children who were selected as part of the original Wave 1 study who lived in Los Angeles County at Wave 2; and 308 new entrant children. All interviewees were living in Los Angeles County in Wave 2. Wave 1 respondents who were not living in L.A County in Wave 2 were, where possible, contacted by telephone for a very brief interview, primarily to ascertain location. They were otherwise not part of the Wave 2 study.

Only respondents who participated in Wave 2 and who were living at that time in Los Angeles County were eligible for the MIP study. If they were children in Wave 2, they were only eligible for MIP if they have turned 18 since then.