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State of Alaska

Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey (CUBS)

Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health, Section of Women's, Children's, and Family Health, Maternal Child Health Epidemiology Unit, Alaska Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey (CUBS)
The Childhood Understanding Behaviors Survey (CUBS) is a three-year follow-up survey to the Alaska Pregnancy Risk-Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). CUBS sends a survey in the mail to all mothers living in Alaska who completed PRAMS after their pregnancy and whose infant was living with them at that time. Phone interviews are attempted with women who do not respond by mail. About 90 women are sent a CUBS survey every month. The CUBS program began sending out surveys in 2006. CUBS asks questions about the 3-year-old child, the mother, and the household. CUBS seeks to inform public health program planners, evaluators, and policy makers by collecting and disseminating population-based information related to behaviors, health, health care access, parenting, and school readiness among young Alaskan children. By using the methodology of re-interviewing women who completed a PRAMS survey, CUBS is able to evaluate those factors present at birth or early life that increase risk for later adverse childhood outcomes. CUBS data can be linked to the PRAMS survey as well as birth certificates. CUBS data are weighted to represent the entire population of mothers who delivered a baby in Alaska in the calendar year 3-years prior to the year of data collection. Data can be provided by geographic region (based on the mother's residence at the time of CUBS) and demographic characteristics available from the birth certificate.

Topics

Childcare Child Life Experiences
Health and DevelopmentHealth Care
InjuryImmunizations
Maternal Mental Health, Abuse and StressNutrition
Oral HealthParenting and Safety
Socioeconomic StatusSubstance Use
Survey of mothers of 3-year olds
Mothers of 3-year olds
Based upon maternal race on the birth certificate.
PRAMS samples mothers who have recently had a live birth. The CUBS survey is sent to all women who responded to PRAMS, whose child was living with them at the time of PRAMS, and who are still living in Alaska at the time of CUBS (one month after the child's 3rd birthday).
Maternal age, maternal race, marital status, education level, sex of child, public health regions, behavioral health assessment regions.
State and sub-state.
Data collection has been ongoing since 2008. Analysis datasets are available on an annual basis after data weighting is complete.
Mothers of 3-year olds previously participating in the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) surveyed by mail out/mail back surveys with telephone follow-ups
Participation is voluntary. All sampled women are offered an incentive gift with the first survey mailing and rewards are offered to women who complete the survey. In 2016 the incentive was a tape measure and a pen, and the reward was a choice of a $10 gift card or a set of four small children's books.

Response Rate: Unweighted response rates for CUBS were: 2008 - 49%, 2009 - 49%, 2010 - 48%, 2011 - 57%, 2012 - 51%, 2013 - 64%, 2014 - 65%, 2015 - 65%, 2016 - 56%, 2017 - 57%.
PRAMS samples mothers who have recently had a live birth. The CUBS survey is sent to all women who responded to PRAMS, whose child was living with them at the time of PRAMS, and who are still living in Alaska at the time of CUBS (one month after the child's 3rd birthday).
Data are population-based and results have been weighted to represent the total population of three year old children who were born in Alaska.
Self-reporting: Some bias is expected from any survey based on self-reported information. The potential for under-reporting as well as over-reporting bias must be kept in mind when interpreting results.

Recall bias: Some CUBS questions ask the respondent to remember events or behaviors that may have happened since her child was born (3 years prior to receiving the survey).

Response rates: Survey response rates may also affect the potential for bias in the data.

Reliability: The reliability of a prevalence estimate depends on the actual, unweighted number of respondents in a category (not a weighted number). Interpreting and reporting weighted numbers that are based on a small, unweighted number of respondents can be misleading. The degree of precision increases if the sample size is larger and decreases if the sample size is smaller.
For data requests that cannot be satisfied through the above links, contact the CUBS Coordinator, or email mch-epi@alaska.gov or call (907) 269-3400. Should your data needs not be met by the CUBS Data Sheets, please consider a summary data request. Download the PRAMS or CUBS Summary Data Request form and submit it to mch-epi@alaska.gov. There is also a WCFH Data Utilization Agreement and Data Request form.

If you want to analyze a de-identified CUBS dataset, submit a completed WCFH Data Utilization Agreement and Data Request to mch-epi@alaska.gov. Data are also available for on-line analysis through the CUBS query module at: CUBS Query Module Configuration Selection
Margaret Young, MPH, CUBS Program Coordinator
Margaret.Young@Alaska.gov
907-269-5657
Section of Women's, Children's and Family Health
Division of Public Health
Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
3601 C Street, Suite 358
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health (Ak-IBIS) web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Tue, 20 November 2018 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Alaska Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov ".

Content updated: Mon, 30 Jul 2018 09:10:39 AKDT
The information provided above is from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Center for Health Data and Statistics AK-IBIS web site (http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/). The information published on this website may be reproduced without permission. Please use the following citation: " Retrieved Tue, 20 November 2018 16:23:33 from Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Center for Health Data and Statistics, Indicator-Based Information System for Public Health Web site: http://ibis.dhss.alaska.gov/ ".

Content updated: Mon, 30 Jul 2018 09:10:39 AKDT