Chicago Project (PHDCN)

The Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN) is a large-scale interdisciplinary study of how families, schools, and neighborhoods affect child and adolescent development. Originating in the early 1990s, the study was designed to advance understanding of the developmental pathways of human behavior. The PHDCN has examined  juvenile delinquency, adult crime, teenage sexuality, substance abuse, and mental health among other outcomes. The Project also provided a detailed look at the social environments in which human development takes place by collecting innovative data about Chicago, including its people, neighborhood institutions, and social resources. For PHDCN-related publications see ICPSR, vita, or Great American City.

In 2011, I began a new phase of the PHDCN study called the "Mixed-Income Project: An Integrated Longitudinal Study of Families and Neighborhoods," funded by the John T. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  As part of a comparative study of mixed-income housing and the evolution of mixed-income neighborhoods in Chicago and Los Angeles, a sample of  PHDCN participants last contacted around 2000 is being followed up and interviewed.  A sample of the original participants in the Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Study (LAFANS) is also being followed up and re-interviewed using the same survey instrument. At the individual and family levels, we will focus on residential mobility, housing change (e.g., foreclosures among homeowners and displacement among renters), job loss, and key aspects of well-being (physical and mental).  At the neighborhood level, we propose a “population-level” focus on the dynamics of poverty and income mixing, and, more generally, the spatial effects of the Great Recession.  Overall we aim to produce a holistic view of the individual and aggregate dynamics of mixed-income housing. This project is being carried out in collaboration with Robert D. Mare of UCLA.