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Finding Data: Data on Longitudinal Surveys


  • Selected Resources for:

    Longitudinal Surveys - Non USA ::

  • Adaptation Process of Cuban and Haitian Refugees
    Survey of refugees to southern Florida, includes 514 Cubans arriving in 1980 in the Mariel boat lift and 500 Haitians arriving between 1980 and 1982. Stratified multi-stage sample; Cuban sample interviewed in 1983 and again in 1985-6; Haitians sampled after arrival in 1980-82 and again 2 years later.

  • Americans' Changing Lives: Waves I-V (1986, 1989, 1994, 2002, and 2011)
    Focusing especially on differences between black and white Americans in middle & late life, these data constitute the first 5 waves in a national longitudinal panel survey covering a wide range of sociological, psychological, mental, and physical health items. Among the topics covered are interpersonal relationships (spouse/partner, children, parents, friends), sources and levels of satisfaction, social interactions and leisure activities, traumatic life events (physical assault, serious illness, divorce, death of a loved one, financial or legal problems), perceptions of retirement, health behaviors (smoking, alcohol consumption, overweight, rest), and utilization of health care services (doctor visits, hospitalization, nursing home institutionalization, bed days). Also included are measures of physical health, psychological well-being, and indices referring to cognitive functioning. Background information provided for individuals includes household composition, number of children and grandchildren, employment status, occupation and work history, income, family financial situation, religious beliefs and practices, ethnicity, race, education, sex, and region of residence.

  • Baccalaureate and Beyond Longitudinal Study (B&B)
    Examines students' education and work experiences after they complete a bachelor's degree, with a special emphasis on the experiences of new elementary and secondary teachers. Provides both cross-sectional information 1 year after bachelor's degree completion, comparable to the Recent College Graduate Survey, and longitudinal data concerning entry into and progress through graduate-level education and the workforce. Provides information on entry into, persistence and progress through, and completion of graduate-level education. This information has not been available through follow-ups involving high school cohorts or even college-entry cohorts, both of which are restricted in the number who actually complete the bachelor's degrees and continue their education. Also see the NCES Bibliography for literature that has used this data. Following several cohorts of students over time, B&B looks at bachelor's degree recipients' workforce participation, and income and debt repayment. It addresses several issues specifically related to teaching, including teacher preparation, entry into and persistence in the profession, and teacher career paths. B&B also gathers extensive information on bachelor's degree recipients' undergraduate experience, demographic backgrounds, expectations regarding graduate study and work, and participation in community service. B&B draws its initial cohorts from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS), which uses a nationally representative sample of postsecondary students and institutions to examine how students pay for postsecondary education. Initial B&B cohorts are a representative sample of graduating seniors in all majors. The first B&B cohort (about 11,000 students) was drawn from the 1993 NPSAS and followed-up by survey in 1994, 1997, and 2003. The second B&B cohort (about 10,000 students) was chosen from the 2000 NPSAS and followed-up in 2001. The third B&B cohort was drawn from the 2008 NPSAS sample. This group of approximately 19,000 sample members was followed-up in 2009 and is currently being interviewed in 2012.

  • Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Attachment, 1963-1967
    The sample consisted of 81 intellectually gifted women, including 29 homemakers, 25 married professionals with children, and 27 single professionals. The homemakers were women who had graduated with distinction from a high-ranking, large midwestern state university between 1945 and 1955. Both groups of professional women were on the faculty of the university the homemakers had attended. Addressed the following topics: early experiences; activities; attitudes; values; occupation; job satisfaction and difficulties; perceived future life satisfactions; and the effects of marriage, children, career, and menopause on a woman's life.

  • Beginning Postsecondary Students (BPS) Longitudinal Study
    Designed specifically to collect data related to persistence in and completion of postsecondary education programs; relationships between work and education efforts; and the effect of postsecondary education on the lives of individuals. Follows students who are enrolled in a postsecondary institution for the first time. Initially, these individuals are surveyed through the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study to find out how they and their families pay for education beyond high school. These same students are surveyed 2- and 5-years later through BPS to find out about their undergraduate experiences, persistence in school, degree completion, and employment following enrollment. Also see the NCES Bibliography for literature that has used this data.

  • Campaign Expenditures in the United States (1978+)
    Longitudinal data about the United States Senate or House of Representatives committees involved in federal campaign finance within an election cycle, and on each registered candidate for the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives. Data are furnished on the contributions received and spent by the candidates, and the United States Congressional campaign contributions, disbursements, debts, and total expenditures for and against political candidates.

  • Chicago Longitudinal Study, 1986-1989
    Investigated the educational and social development of a same-age cohort of 1,539 low-income, minority children (93 percent African American) who grew up in high-poverty neighborhoods in central-city Chicago and attended government-funded kindergarten programs in the Chicago Public Schools in 1985-1986. Children were at risk of poor outcomes because they face social-environmental disadvantages including neighborhood poverty, family low-income status, and other economic and educational hardships.

  • Children of Immigrants Longitudinal Study (CILS) (1991-2006)
    Designed to study the adaptation process of the immigrant second generation which is defined broadly as U.S.-born children with at least one foreign-born parent or children born abroad but brought at an early age to the United States.

  • Community Tracking Study (CTS) (1997-2003); Health Tracking Household Survey (HTHS) (2007+)
    Large-scale longitudinal investigation of health system change and its effects on people. The Health Tracking Household Survey is the successor to the CTS Household Surveys which were conducted in 1996-1997, 1998-1999, 2000-2001, and 2003. Also contains the Health Tracking Physician Survey. Although the HTHS questionnaires are similar to the CTS Household Survey questionnaires, the HTHS sampling design does not have the community focus intrinsic to CTS. Whereas the CTS design focused on 60 nationally representative communities with sample sizes large enough to draw conclusions about health system change in 12 communities, the HTHS design is a national sample not aimed at measuring change within communities. Hence, Community was dropped from the study title. Like the CTS Household Surveys, HTHS collected information on health insurance coverage, use of health services, health expenses, satisfaction with health care and physician choice, unmet health care needs, usual source of care and patient trust, health status, adult chronic conditions, height and weight, and smoking behavior. In addition, the survey inquired about perceptions of care delivery and quality, problems with paying medical bills, use of in-store retail and onsite workplace health clinics, patient engagement with health care, sources of health information, and shopping for health care. Domestic partners are included in the same (family insurance unit) FIU since many health insurance policies now cover them. Previously in the CTS Household Surveys, domestic partners (same-sex partners and other unmarried partners) formed separate FIUs.

  • Continuous Longitudinal Manpower Surveys (1975-1981)
    Used to measure the effectiveness of programs under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA) and to evaluate the impact of CETA on participant earnings.

  • Cornell Retirement and Well Being Study, 1994-1999
    The purpose of this longitudinal study was to explore pathways in and out of paid work and unpaid community service, as well as the implications of different trajectories for well-being in later life. Investigated the transition to and life during retirement by following both male and female older workers and retirees over a five-year period.

  • Cuban and Mexican Immigrants in the U.S.
    The aim of this longitudinal study, based on data on Cuban and Mexican immigrants to the USA collected in 1973-74, was to map the process of immigrant adaptation and incorporation into the labor market. Follow-ups in 1976 and 1979.

  • Cultural Continuity Study, 1966-1972
    Longitudinal study that followed the lives of educated American women from their senior year in college for 5 years post graduation in order to examine the cultural values and role dilemmas of educated women in the two traditional fields of nursing and teaching.

  • Data Archive of Social Research on Aging (DASRA)
    Contains various large surveys for the USA: Longitudinal Study of Aging, 1984-1990; Longitudinal Retirement History Study, 1969-1979; Second Longitudinal Study of Aging (LSOA II): Baseline (Second Supplement on Aging (SOA II), 1994-1996) and Wave 2, Survivor and Decedent Files, 1994-1998, and Wave 3 Survivor and Decedent Files, 1999-2000; National Long-Term Care Survey: 1982, 1984, 1989; Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (Hispanic EPESE), Waves I-IV, 1993-2001; and National Survey of Self-Care and Aging (NSSCA), 1990-1994. Also contains select international studies: National Survey of the Japanese Elderly (NSJE): Wave 1-4, 1987-1996; Study on Global Aging and Adult Health (SAGE) (China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russian Federation, and South Africa (2002-2004); and the Study on Global Aging and Adult Health (SAGE): Pilot Study, 2005. Part of Sociometrics.

  • Displaced New Orleans Residents Pilot Study (DNORPS)
    Designed to examine the current location, well-being, and plans of people who lived in the city of New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina struck on August 29, 2005. Based on a representative sample of pre-Katrina dwellings in New Orleans. Fieldwork focused on tracking respondents wherever they currently resided, including back to New Orleans. The pilot study was fielded in the fall of 2006. The goal was to assess the feasibility of the study design and thereby to lay the groundwork for launching a major longitudinal study of displaced New Orleans residents. The follow up is The Displaced New Orleans Residents Survey (DNORS).

  • Early Childhood Longitudinal Study
    Includes 3 longitudinal studies that examine child development, school readiness, and early school experiences. The birth cohort of the ECLS-B is a sample of children born in 2001 and followed from birth through kindergarten entry. The kindergarten class of 1998-99 cohort is a sample of children followed from kindergarten through the 8th grade. The kindergarten class of 2010-11 cohort is following a sample of children from kindergarten through the 5th grade. Available on CD; check the library catalog for the most current release. Also see the NCES site. For an overview, see the Resource Guide.

  • Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project Dataverse
    Assessed the impact of early head start programs in response to the 1994 Head Start reauthorization which established a special initiative for services to families with infants and toddlers. The study was a program evaluation with 1500 families in Early Head Start programs and 1500 in a control group with no program participation.

  • Early Years of Marriage Study, 1986-1989
    This 4-year longitudinal study investigated factors related to marital stability in the early years of marriage. Subjects were residents of Wayne County, Michigan who were less than age 35 at marriage. The key areas of study included the following: premarriage factors (social status, family background); marital factors (cognitions, interpersonal perceptions, and attitudes); perceived and actual interactions as a couple; stresses and social network; and marital feelings.

  • Expenditure and Employment Data for the Criminal Justice System (1971+)
    Public expenditure & employment data pertaining to criminal justice activities in the United States. Information on employment, payroll, and expenditures is provided for police, courts, prosecutors' offices, and corrections agencies. Specific variables include identification of each government, number of full- and part-time employees, level of full- and part-time payroll, current expenditures, capital outlay, and intergovernmental expenditures.

  • Family Life Project: A Longitudinal Adoption Study, 1969-1989
    Examined the influence of adoption on child and family development in intraracial, transracial, single-parent, and two-parent adoptive and biological families.

  • Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
    Follows a cohort of nearly 5,000 children born in large U.S. cities between 1998 and 2000 (roughly 3/4 of whom were born to unmarried parents). Refers to unmarried parents and their children as fragile families to underscore that they are families and that they are at greater risk of breaking up and living in poverty than more traditional families. Designed to primarily address 4 questions: (1) What are the conditions and capabilities of unmarried parents, especially fathers?; (2) What is the nature of the relationships between unmarried parents?; (3) How do children born into these families fare?; and (4) How do policies and environmental conditions affect families and children?

  • Harlem Longitudinal Study of Urban Black Youth, 1968-1994
    Involved the collection of a broad array of data concerning physical, psychological, and social aspects of health among a representative community sample of urban African-American adolescents. More specifically, the study aimed to determine the extent and direction of change in health status among African-American adolescents and youth; to identify the health problems most subject to change; to examine the initiation process and prevalence of drug use among African-American adolescents; to assess the impact of possible mediating variables such as family background characteristics, role attainment, social influences and psychosocial attitudes on drug use; and to examine the ways in which drug use affects the expected sequence of health, growth, and development.

  • Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) (1997+)
    Periodic, ongoing longitudinal study of program performance. Successive nationally representative samples of Head Start children, their families, classrooms, and programs provide descriptive information on the population of children and families served; staff qualifications, credentials, and opinions; Head Start classroom practices and quality measures; and child and family outcomes. Includes a battery of child assessments across multiple developmental domains (cognitive, social, emotional, and physical).

  • Head Start Impact Study (HSIS), 2002-2006
    National, longitudinal study that involves approximately 5,000 three and four year old preschool children across 84 nationally representative grantee/delegate agencies aimed at determining how Head Start affects the school readiness of children participating in the program as compared to children not enrolled in Head Start and under which conditions Head Start works best and for which children. Parts of this dataset are restricted.

  • Houston Area Survey (1982+)
    Longitudinal study that began in May 1982 after Houston recovered from recession of the mid-1980s. Measures the public responses to the new economic, educational, and environmental challenges. Measured perspectives on the local and national economy, on poverty programs, inter-ethnic relationships. Also captured were respondents' beliefs about discrimination and affirmative action, education, crime, health care, taxation, and community service, as well as their assessments of downtown development, mobility and transit, land-use controls, and environmental concerns, and their attitudes toward abortion, homosexuality, and other aspects of the social agenda. Also recorded were religious and political orientations, as well as an array of demographic and immigration characteristics, socioeconomic indicators, and family structures.

  • In-Home Longitudinal Study of Pre-School Aged Children.
    This module of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study collects data from a subset of the Fragile Families Core respondents at the three- and five-year follow-ups to ask how parental resources in the form of parental presence or absence, time, and money influence children under the age of five.

    The In-Home Study collects information on a variety of domains of the child's environment, including: the physical environment (quality of housing, nutrition and food security, health care, adequacy of clothing and supervision) and parenting (parental discipline, parental attachment, and cognitive stimulation). In addition, the Study also collects information on several important child outcomes, including anthropometrics, child behaviors, and cognitive ability. This information has been collected through: interviews with the child's primary caregiver, and direct observation of the child's home environment and the child's interactions with his or her caregiver.

    Sample Size: 3288

    In-Home Longitudinal Study of Pre-School Aged Children. (Electronic File)
    Principal investigator: Paxson, Christina
    Distributor: The Office of Population Research at Princeton University
    Version: October 2005

  • Iowa Youth and Families Project, 1989-1992 (IYFP)
    Contains the first 4 waves. Developed from an initial sample of 451 7th graders from 2-parent families in rural Iowa. Merged with the Iowa Single Parent Project (ISPP) to form the Iowa Family Transitions Project in 1994, when the target youth were seniors in high school. Survey data were collected from the target child (7th grader), a sibling within 4 years of age of the target child, and both parents. Field interviewers visited families at their homes on several occasions to administer questionnaires and videotape interaction tasks including family discussion tasks, family problem-solving tasks, sibling interaction tasks, and marital interaction tasks. The Household Data files contain information about the family's financial situation, involvement in farming, and demographic information about household members. The Parent and the Child Survey Data files contain responses to survey questions about the quality and stability of family relationships, emotional, physical, and behavioral problems of individual family members, parent-child conflict, family problem-solving skills, social and financial support from outside the home, traumatic life experiences, alcohol, drug, and tobacco use, and opinions on topics such as abortion, parenting, and gender roles. In addition, the Child Survey Data files include responses collected from the target child and his or her sibling in the study about experiences with puberty, dating, sexual activity, and risk-taking behavior. The Problem-Solving Data files contain survey data collected from respondents about the family interactions tasks. The Observational Data files contain the interviewers' observations collected during these tasks. Demographic variables include sex, age, employment status, occupation, income, home ownership, religious preference, frequency of religious attendance, as well as the ages and sex of all household members and their relationship to the head of household. Demographic information collected on the parents also includes their birth order within their family, the ages and political philosophy of their parents, the sex, age, education level, and occupation of their siblings, and the country of origin of their ancestors.

  • Legalized Population Survey
    Contains information about a sample of 6,193 undocumented migrants who were living in the United States in 1986/87 when they sought legal permanent residence through the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA). Survey data was collected from the entire group in 1989, and again (for 4,012 of these respondents) in 1992.

  • Long Beach Longitudinal Study
    Created in 1978 to obtain normative data for the Schaie-Thurston Adult Mental Abilities Test (STAMAT). From 1994 to 2003 it was extended under the guiding principle that cognitive aging is a largely contextual phenomenon. Individual differences in abilities and change in those abilities over adulthood are associated not only with cognitive mechanisms, but with sociodemographic phenomena such as birth cohort, or gender, and within-individual characteristics, including health, affect, self-efficacy, personality, and other variables that impact health. This principle is reflected in the testing measures added to the original panel. Besides the original ability measures used by Schaie, the Life Complexity Inventory, has been included in all testing.

  • Longitudinal Study of African-American Oldest Old, 1988-1996
    Purpose was to understand the functioning and family structure of White American and African American oldest old. The researcher examined how the participants manage their physical environment, maintain social relations, and sustain a sense of well-being.

  • Longitudinal Study of American Youth: Writing the history and monitoring the future of Generation X (LSAY)
    Designed to examine the development of: (1) student attitudes toward and achievement in science, (2) student attitudes toward and achievement in mathematics, and (3) student interest in and plans for a career in science, mathematics, or engineering, during middle school, high school, and the first 4 years post-high school, and to estimate the relative influence of parents, home, teachers, school, peers, media, and selected informal learning experiences on these developmental patterns. The older LSAY cohort, Cohort One, consisted of a national sample of 2,829 tenth-grade students in public high schools throughout the United States. These students were followed for an initial period of 7 years, ending 4 years after high school in 1994. Cohort Two, consisted of a national sample of 3,116 seventh-grade students in public schools that served as feeder schools to the same high schools in which the older cohort was enrolled. These students were followed for an initial period of 7 years, concluding with a telephone interview approximately one year after the end of high school in 1994. Beginning in the fall of 1987, the LSAY collected a wide array of information from each student, including: (1) a science achievement test and a mathematics achievement test each fall, (2) an attitudinal and experience questionnaire at the beginning and end of each school year, (3) reports about education and experience from all science and math teachers in each school, (4) reports on classroom practice by each science and math teacher serving an LSAY student, (5) an annual 25-minute telephone interview with one parent of each student, and (6) extensive school-level information from the principal of each study school. In 2006, the NSF funded a proposal to re-contact the original LSAY students (now in their mid-30's) to resume data collection to determine their educational and occupational outcomes. Through an extensive tracking activity, more than 95 % of the original sample of 5,945 LSAY students were located or accounted for. A new eligible sample of approximately 5,000 students was defined and these young adults were asked to complete a survey in 2007. For more information, also see the LSAY website.

  • Longitudinal Study of Generations, 1971, 1985, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2005 [California]
    Began as a survey of intergenerational relations among 300 three-generation California families with grandparents (then in their sixties), middle-aged parents (then in their early forties), and grandchildren (then aged 15 to 26). The study broadened in 1991 and now includes a 4th generation, the great-grandchildren of these same families. The LSOG, with a fully elaborated generation-sequential design, allows comparisons of sets of aging parents and children at the same stage of life but during different historical periods. These comparisons make possible the investigation of the effects of social change on inter-generational solidarity or conflict across 35 years and four generations, as well as the effects of social change on the ability of families to buffer stressful life transitions (e.g., aging, divorce and remarriage, higher female labor force participation, changes in work and the economy, and possible weakening of family norms of obligation), and the effects of social change on the transmission of values, resources, and behaviors across generations. The LSOG contains information on family structure, household composition, affectual solidarity and conflict, values, attitudes, behaviors, role importance, marital relationships, health and fitness, mental health and well-being, caregiving, leisure activities, and life events and concerns. Demographic variables include age, sex, income, employment status, marital status, socioeconomic history, education, religion, ethnicity, and military service.

  • Longitudinal Study of Medical School Students, 1980-1984
    Longitudinal study of the class of 1984 at Harvard and Tufts medical schools. Purpose was to identify and describe experiences of stress in the lives and training of medical students, to determine the nature of the personal and environmental resources that students used to cope with stress, and to assess the effectiveness of these adaptational responses.

  • Longitudinal Study of the Harvard/Radcliffe Class of 1996, 1992-1996
    This longitudinal, qualitative study examined the expectations for and experiences in college, factors that helped or hindered academic and social success, and long-term goals of members of the Harvard/Radcliffe Class of 1996. There was also a focus on the differences reported by male and female students in science and humanities concentrations.

  • Longitudinal Study of the Life Patterns of College-Educated Women, 1960-1979
    Longitudinal study of the class of 1964 from a prestigious women's college in the eastern United States. A major purpose of the study was to determine the effects of personality and situation on the life outcomes of college-educated women. This study built upon a larger 1960 study in which Thematic Apperception Tests (TATs) were administered to 244 first-year women.

  • Los Angeles Family and Neighborhood Survey (LAFANS)
    Longitudinal study of families in Los Angeles County, California, and of the neighborhoods in which they live. Designed to answer key research and policy questions in 3 areas:
    • Neighborhood, family, and peer effects on children's development
    • Effects of welfare reform at the neighborhood level
    • Residential mobility and neighborhood change
    Also available through ICPSR.

    Sample Size: Includes 65 neighborhoods with approximately 40-50 households in each neighborhood. Wave 1 includes approximately 3200 children and teens ages 0 to 17.

  • Marital Instability Over the Life Course Series
    Nationwide longitudinal study of marital instability. Measures were developed to predict marital instability and divorce and to assess marital quality. 6 waves of data were collected between 1980 and 2000 from married individuals between the ages of 18 and 55. Data are furnished on female labor force participation and life course perspective and the effects on marriage and marital instability.

  • Marital Instability Over the Life Course/Work and Family Life Study Series (1980+)
    The intent of the data collection was to identify the causes of marital instability throughout the life course. Six waves of data were collected between 1980 and 2000 from married individuals between the ages of 18 and 55. In 1980 Wave I data focused primarily on female labor force participation in an effort to determine whether there was a relationship between wives' working outside of the home and marital dissolution or the likelihood of divorce. Wave II (1983) and Wave III (1988) employed a wider life-course perspective and studied the effects of factors such as economic resources, wives' employment, presence of children, marital satisfaction, life goals, health, and changes in any of these factors on actions intended to dissolve a marriage - including divorce and permanent separation and on marital relationships in general. Wave IV (1992, 1994) continued as the previous waves and provided additional data from adult offspring who were living in the household in 1980 and had reached age 19 by 1992. These additional respondents provided parallel measures with their parents regarding the quality of parent-child relationships, attitudes, and support along with exploring the impact of childhood experiences on the transition to adult life. Wave V (1997) examined the relationship between marital quality and stability and how it relates to changes in marital quality later in life. Additionally, Wave V includes a second adult offspring sample, along with a second interview of the adult offspring sample from Wave IV. Wave VI data were collected in 2000 and included the adult panel, a panel obtained from the offspring who participated in 1992 or 1997, a replication of the original cross-section study completed in 1980, and a comparison sample made up of persons who were married in 1980 and were between 39 and 75 years old. The investigators examined whether there were changes in marital quality between 1980 and 2000, identified factors that might have accounted for these changes, and sought to determine their impact on the health and longevity of older persons. In addition to Wave VI of the Marital Instability Over the Life Course Study (MIOLC), the Work and Family Life Study (WFLS) was conducted in 2000 and its primary aim is to assess changes in marital quality between 1980 and 2000. The WFLS also considers the effects of family-of-origin characteristics and marital history on the physical and psychological health of respondents. Included in the WFLS is a new cross-section sample using the same sampling procedures and interview questions that were used in the 1980 wave of the MIOLC. The Comparison Sample of the WFLS provides data to evaluate sample attrition, factors which lead to attrition, and attrition bias. (It should be noted that this comparison file is a special purpose sample and does not generalize to a normally defined population of ever married persons)

  • Mexican American People: A Generation Later
    In an original study conducted in 1965, Leo Grebler, Joan Moore, and Ralph Guzman surveyed Mexican Americans in San Antonio, Texas, and Los Angeles, California. The 1st survey provided a rich cross-sectional view of this population's demographics and attitudes, Ortiz and Telles' 35 year follow-up now allows for a longitudinal view of the behavior and ethnic identification of 1st- through 4th-generation Mexican Americans in these areas. The new survey was used to test hypotheses related to Mexican Americans' social mobility, their ethnic identity and behavior, their experiences with discrimination, and the relationship between socioeconomic status and ethnic identity. Data includes birth dates, citizenship information, education, income, housing, language, medical, religious affiliations, immediate and extended family demographic information, and self perception in regards to ethnicity.

  • Murray Research Archive
    Important studies include Robert White's Lives in Progress, Jack Block's Lives Through Time, Lewis Terman's long-term longitudinal study of gifted children, and Life Cycle Study of Children with High Ability. Topics well-represented in the archive include sexual orientation, gender roles and the status of women, race, and socio-economic status. Application may need to be made directly to the Murray Research Archive for permission to use the data.

  • Murray Research Archive - Diversity Archive (Race, Ethnicity, Sexual Orientation, Religion)
    Consists of numerous studies with racially and ethnically diverse samples. Also houses a number of studies focusing on specific ethnic groups and on ethnic relations.

    Application may need to be made directly to the Murray Research Archive for permission to use the data.

  • Murray Research Archive - Health
    Application may need to be made directly to the Murray Research Archive for permission to use the data.

  • National Drug Abuse Treatment System Survey, Waves II-IV (NDATSS)
    Longitudinal program of research into organizational structures, operating characteristics, and treatment modalities of outpatient drug treatment programs in the United States. This is done through interviews with program directors and clinical supervisors. Also known as the Outpatient Drug Abuse Treatment Studies (ODATS).

  • National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS) 1988
    Sample of 8th-graders surveyed in 1988 on a range of topics. Survey topics beyond schoolwork include smoking, drug use, and extracurricular activities. A sample were resurveyed through four follow-ups in 1990, 1992, 1994, and 2000. The study has four types of data files - student, teacher, parent, and school - although note each type is available for each survey year. The data are also available on CD; ask for ED1.334/2:ED 8/988-2000/CD. Also see the NCES Bibliography for literature that has used this data.

    Sample Size: In 1988, the cohort size was almost 25,000 students from over 1,000 public and private schools.

  • National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) (2001-2002, 2004-2005)
    Primary source for information and data on the U.S. population for: alcohol and drug use; alcohol and drug abuse and dependence; and associated psychiatric and other medical comorbidities. Data is restricted. Contact Aaron White, Ph.D.; Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research; National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; (301) 451-5943;

    Sample Size: Representative sample of the United States population and 43,093 Americans participated in the first Wave of the survey. During Wave 2, reinterviewed 34,653 of those respondents interviewed in Wave 1.

  • National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Waves I-IV, 1994-2008 (Add Health)
    Collected data for the purpose of providing information on the general health and well-being of adolescents in the United States, including, with respect to such adolescents, information on: (1) the behaviors that promote health and the behaviors that are detrimental to health; and (2) the influence on health of factors particular to the communities in which adolescents reside. Wave IV consists of data from the most recent of 4 in-home interviews which have followed a nationally representative sample of adolescents since they were in grades 7-12 during the 1994-1995 school year. The Wave IV interviews were completed in 2008, when the sample was aged 24-32. The study combines longitudinal survey data on respondents' social, economic, psychological, and physical well-being with data on the family, neighborhood, community, school, friendships, peer groups, and romantic relationships. Documentation can also be found on the AddHealth site and the Codebook Explorer.

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Freshmen (NLSF)
    Developed to provide comprehensive data to test different theoretical explanations for minority underachievement in higher education. Measures the academic and social progress of college students at regular intervals at selective schools. Notable for including equal-sized samples of white, black, Asian, and Latino freshmen entering selective colleges and universities.

    Sample Size: 28 institutions. 3924 students (959 Asians, 998 whites, 1,051 African Americans, 916 Latinos).

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Local Public Health Systems, 1998-2006

  • National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 and 1997
    Designed to document the transition from school to work and into adulthood. Collects extensive information about youths' labor market behavior and educational experiences over time. Also included is a survey of the biological children of women in the NLSY79. Documentation is available at the NLS site. See the NLS Investigator guide. For comparisons of National Longitudinal Surveys, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the comparison chart. Also see Finke and Huston. A separate file "Recidivism in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 - Standalone Data (Rounds 1 to 13)" contains recidivism data.

    Sample Size: The 1979 survey began with over 12,000 participants, while the 1997 survey began with approx. 9,000.

    National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 and 1997 (Electronic File)
    Principal investigator: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.
    Producer: Ohio State University, Center for Human Resource Research and U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Distributor: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.

  • National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Men and Older Men
    Set of surveys designed to gather information on labor market activities and other significant life events.The Young Men's survey, which was discontinued in 1981, includes men who were ages 14-24 when first interviewed in 1966. The Older Men's survey, which was discontinued in 1990, includes men who were ages 45-59 when first interviewed in 1966. Documentation is available at the NLS site. See the NLS Investigator guide. For comparisons of National Longitudinal Surveys, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the comparison chart. Also see Finke and Huston.

    Sample Size: Each group began with more than 5,000 participants.

    National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Men and Older Men (Electronic File)
    Principal investigator: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.
    Producer: Ohio State University, Center for Human Resource Research and U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Distributor: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.

  • National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Mature Women (NLSW)
    Set of surveys designed to gather information on labor market activities and other significant life events. The Young Women's survey includes women who were ages 14-24 when first interviewed in 1968. The Mature Women's survey includes women who were ages 30-44 when first interviewed in 1967. Social and financial research may be performed as stage of life data was collected. These surveys were last conducted in 2003; no future collection of data is planned. Documentation is available at the NLS site. See the NLS Investigator guide. For comparisons of National Longitudinal Surveys, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the comparison chart. Also see Finke and Huston.

    Sample Size: Each group began with more than 5,000 participants.

    National Longitudinal Surveys of Young Women and Mature Women (NLSW) (Electronic File)
    Principal investigator: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.
    Producer: Ohio State University, Center for Human Resource Research and U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Distributor: Ohio State University. Center for Human Resource Research.

  • National Study of Youth and Religion (2003, 2005, 2007-2008)
    Nationally representative telephone survey of 3,290 English & Spanish-speaking teenagers between the ages of 13-17, and their parents. Also includes 80 oversampled Jewish households, not nationally representative, bringing the total number of completed cases to 3,370. Purpose is to research the shape & influence of religion & spirituality in the lives of American youth; to identify effective practices in the religious, moral, and social formation of the lives of youth; to describe the extent & perceived effectiveness of the programs & opportunities that religious communities are offering to their youth; and to foster an informed national discussion about the influence of religion in youth's lives, in order to encourage sustained reflection about and rethinking of our cultural and institutional practices with regard to youth & religion. The 2nd wave was designed to be a re-interview of all Wave 1 youth survey respondents. Parents of the youth respondents were not re-interviewed. At the time of the 2nd survey, respondents were between the ages of 16-21. Conducted from June 9-November 24, 2005. 2nd wave interviews were conducted only in English. Four youth respondents did not participate in the Wave 2 interview due to not being able to understand or speak English. Wave 2 covers many of the same topics as Wave 1. Many of the questions are identical. However, Wave 2 was re-designed to take into account changes in the lives of the respondents as they began to enter young adulthood. Wave 2 included new questions pertaining to behaviors occurring during the transition to adulthood, such as non-marital cohabitation, educational and career aspirations, pregnancy and marriage. In Wave 3 every attempt was made to re-interview all English-speaking Wave 1 youth survey respondents. At the time of the 3rd survey, respondents were between the ages of 18-24. Conducted from September 24, 2007-April 21, 2008. Wave 3 replicated many of the questions asked in Waves 1 & 2 with some changes made to better capture the respondents' lives as they grew older. For example, there were fewer questions on parental monitoring and more on post-high school educational aspirations.

  • New Immigrant Survey (NIS)
    Nationally representative multi-cohort longitudinal study of new legal immigrants and their children to the United States based on nationally representative samples of the administrative records, compiled by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), pertaining to immigrants newly admitted to permanent residence. Survey of 8,573 adults and 810 children who were admitted to legal permanent residence during July-August 1996, using a stratified random sample to assess demographic, economic, social, and migration information. Longitudinal; pilot survey 1996; full version since 2003.

  • NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) Series
    Four-phase (1991-2008), multi-site, prospective, longitudinal study designed to examine the relationships between child development and child care during infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and middle adolescence. Constitutes the most comprehensive study conducted to date of children and the many environments in which they develop.

  • No Shame in My Game: The Working Poor in the Inner City, 1993-2002
    Explored the lives of the working poor in the inner city. 300 male and female participants were drawn from central and west Harlem, New York City; 200 worked at one of four fast food restaurants in Harlem, and 100 had applied to one of those restaurants but were not hired. Participants were African American, Dominican and Puerto Rican of varied ages, most between 15 and 40 years of age. Educational status also varied, with the majority of participants' highest level of education being a high school degree.

  • Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Series. 1968+
    Designed to fill the need for a better understanding of the determinants of family income and its changes. Longitudinal survey of US individuals and the families in which they reside. Can be used for cross-sectional, longitudinal, and intergenerational analysis and for studying both individuals and families. For comparisons of Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and PSID, see the comparison chart. For comparisons of National Longitudinal Surveys, Survey of Income and Program Participation, and PSID, see the comparison chart. Includes section on education, food, health, housing, psychological state, and religion. Geography is down to the state level.
    Includes various supplemental surveys including:
    • Disability and Use of Time (DUST): collected information from older adults in PSID families about disability, time use, and well-being during telephone interviews conducted shortly after the 2009 and 2013 Main Interviews.
    • Child Development Supplement (CDS): In 1997 information on PSID children ages 0-12 was obtained through extensive interviews with the child, their primary caregiver, secondary caregiver, absent parent, teacher, and school administrator. Information was collected again in 2002/2003 and 2007/2008 for children in this cohort who remained under 18. Information includes a broad array of developmental outcomes including physical health, emotional well-being, intellectual and academic achievement, cognitive ability, social relationships with family and peers, time diaries, and much more. The CDS 2014 covers all sample children in PSID households born or adopted into the PSID since 1997. The study design and questionnaire content are consistent with earlier waves of CDS to permit cross - cohort analysis of children's development.
    • Housing, Mortgage Stress, and Wealth Data (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) as well as Wealth files for 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
    • Transition into Adulthood: When children in the CDS cohort are older than 18 and have left high school, information is obtained about their circumstances. This study has been implemented in 2005, and biennially thereafter. Information includes measures of time use, psychological functioning, marriage, family, responsibilities, employment and income, education and career goals, health, social environment, religiosity, and outlook on life.
    • Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study (PSID - CRCS). First study conducted by the PSID using the internet as the primary mode of data collection. Goal was to design and collect a mixed mode (web or paper) module from household heads and, if married/cohabitating, spouses/partners, about their childhood experiences. The data may be used to study early life influences on adult health and economic outcomes. Has questions on parental relationships, health, socioeconomic status, neighborhood quality, friendships, school experiences, exposure to the criminal justice system, parent/guardian mental health, and young adut mentoring. The initial PSID-CRCS sample consisted of 13,117 individuals aged 19 and older (aged 19 by January 1, 2013) who were household heads and spouses/partners in PSID families that participated in the 2013 wave of PSID. Individuals for which other family unit members or proxies served as respondents in the 2013 core PSID interview and those who completed their core interview in Spanish were not eligible (N=593). During editing eligibility status was reviewed and confirmed for 12,985 cases. Many portions of CRCS are restricted.

  • Princeton Fertility Survey
    Longitudinal; Surveys in 1957, 1963, and a final interview in 1963 - 1967. Questions were asked about the couple's attitudes toward family planning, personal goals, work, leisure, religion, world problems. Detailed questions were asked about the planning status, timing, and wantedness of each birth. Contraceptive use, intentions for future childbearing, periods of separation, and opinions on abortion are also recorded.

  • Retirement History Longitudinal Survey (1969-1979)
    10 year longitudinal study that investigated the changes in the economic and social characteristics of men and unmarried women in the United States, aged 58-63, as they approached and entered the retirement phase of their lives. The main purpose of the study was to assess the Social Security Program's provisions for retired workers, not only for recording the socioeconomic situation of Social Security beneficiaries, but also to aid policymakers in planning program changes. Covers (1) labor force history, (2) retirement and retirement plans, (3) health, (4) household, family, and social activities, and (5) income, assets, and debts.

  • Seattle Longitudinal Study (Midlife Study)
    Studies various aspects of psychological development during the adult years. Originally, in 1956, five hundred GHC members were randomly selected. They ranged in age from their early 20s to late 60s. The study has continued in seven-year intervals since 1956: 1963, 1970, 1977, 1984, 1991, 1998, and 2005. At each interval, all persons who had previously participated in the study were asked to participate again. In addition at each seven-year interval, a new group of people randomly selected from the Group Health membership have been asked to participate. Approximately 6000 people have now participated at some time in this study. Of the original participants, 26 people remain who have now been in the study for 50 years.

  • Simmons Longitudinal Study: Adaptation and Development Across the Lifespan (1977-1998)
    Community-based study that prospectively traced the life course of a single-aged cohort from childhood to adulthood. Data were collected from multiple informants at seven major time points: age 5 (1977), age 6 (1978), age 9 (1980-1981), age 15 (1987), age 18 (1990), age 21 (1993-1994), and age 26 (1998). Traced the development and course of academic difficulties, behavior problems, and psychopathology; and identified factors that promoted health functioning from early childhood (age 5) to adulthood (age 26). The original study group was comprised of every child who entered kindergarten in the fall of 1977 in one public school district in a northeastern town in the United States. For Wave 7, respondents were 26 years old in 1998. In addition to diagnostic information, participants reported on their current employment, functioning, and family relationships.

  • Socialization of Problem Behavior in Youth, 1969-1981
    Examined problem behavior of youth and developmental processes of change and growth within a social-psychological and psychosocial context.

  • Start Strong Evaluation Student Survey Data, 2010-2012
    Longitudinal survey of middle school students conducted as part of the evaluation of Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships, a national program to prevent teen dating violence and abuse by teaching 11- to- 14-year-olds about healthy relationships. 8 schools in 3 of the Start Strong sites participated in the evaluation, 4 implementing Start Strong and 4 which did not have any teen dating violence prevention programs. Topics covered by the 4 waves of the survey, which were conducted in fall 2010, spring 2011, fall 2011 and spring 2012, include self-confidence, self-reported school grades, coping with anger and disagreements, gender roles in relationships, dating violence, bullying, communication with parents and teachers, alcohol use, dating and relationship history, social media use, age of dating partners, school and community resources for dating violence victims, and family background.

  • Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN) (1995+)
    Multi-site longitudinal, epidemiologic study designed to examine the health of women during their middle years. Examines the physical, biological, psychological, and social changes during this transitional period. The goal is to help learn how mid-life experiences affect health and quality of life during aging. Includes questions about doctor visits, medical conditions, medications, treatments, medical procedures, relationships, smoking, and menopause related information such as age at pre-, peri- and post-menopause, self-attitudes, feelings, and common physical problems associated with menopause. Also included are background characteristics (age, race, occupation, education, marital status, and family size). The research centers are located in the following communities: Ypsilanti and Inkster, MI; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Alameda and Contra Costa County, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Hackensack, NJ; and Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Survey of Income and Program Participation. (SIPP) 1984+
    Longitudinal U. S. government survey of the financial status of American households conducted since 1983 (data starts with 1984). Covers government transfer and service programs, pension coverage, housing affordability, home ownership data, housing cost data (primarily mortgages), financial assistance for education, among other topics. Data may also be accessed via ICPSR. The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) makes the SIPP data and documentation available along with Stata, SPSS, and SAS programs for reading the data. Users may find the NBER site the most convenient source, but the most recent data may not be available there. A new sample (panel) is introduced at the beginning of each calendar year, and the duration of each panel ranges from 2 1/2 years to 4 years. Considered the most comprehensive survey for measuring household wealth by race and ethnicity. Panels also contain topical modules. Data is at the state level. For comparisons of the Current Population Survey, SIPP, and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, see the comparison chart. See the Household Economic Studies (P70) series for summary reports.

    Sample Size: Ranges from approx. 14,000 to 37,000 households. Interviews are conducted with those 15 and over.

  • Survey of Program Dynamics (SPD) Series. 1992+
    Developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census in response to the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 that directed the Census Bureau to collect data necessary to evaluate the impact of the law from households previously interviewed in the 1992 and 1993 Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) panels. Goal is to provide a survey to assess the effects of the recent welfare reforms, how these reforms interact with each other, and with employment, income, and family circumstances, and the long-term effects of welfare reforms on the well-being of recipients, their families, and their children. For more recent years see the Census site.

  • Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS) Series
    Explores the relationship qualities and the subjective meanings that motivate adolescent behavior. Seeks to examine the nature and meaning of adolescent relationship experiences (e.g. with family, peers, and dating partners) in an effort to discover how experiences associated with age, gender, race, and ethnicity influence the meaning of dating relationships. Further investigates the relative impact of dating partners and peers on sexual behavior and contraceptive practices, as well as involvement in other problem behaviors that can contribute independently to sexual risk-taking. The longitudinal design of the Toledo Adolescent Relationship Study includes a schedule of follow-up interviews occurring one, three, and five years after the initial interview. Wave 1 was in 2001; Wave 2 in 2002.

  • UCLA Latino Home-School Research Project, 1989 - 2003
    Longitudinal study designed to explore whether the cultural values, beliefs, and actions of Latino families provide cultural models that supply children with productive foundations for success in school.

  • Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) (1957+)
    Provides an opportunity to study the life course, intergenerational transfers and relationships, family functioning, physical and mental health and well-being, and morbidity and mortality from late adolescence through 2011. Data also covers social background, youthful aspirations, schooling, military service, labor market experiences, family characteristics and events, social participation, psychological characteristics and retirement. Survey data were collected from the original respondents or their parents in 1957, 1964, 1975, 1992, 2004, and 2011; from a selected sibling in 1977, 1994, 2005, and 2011; from the spouse of the original respondent in 2004; and from the spouse of the selected sibling in 2006.

    Sample Size: Random sample of 10,317 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957.

  • Worcester Family Research Project: Baseline Data, 1992-1995
    Collected in order to gather comprehensive qualitative & quantitative data on homeless families and a low-income housed comparison group in Worcester, Massachusetts. The major goal was to gain knowledge about the risk factors for homelessness and its impact on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children. Data included demographics, information on housing, income, education, jobs, family structure, life events, service utilization, personal network, social resources, history of sexual or violent assault, mental health and substance disorders, and health status. Each child was also directly assessed using a battery of developmentally appropriate instruments and questions.

  • Work, Family, and Health Study (WFHS)
    Transdisciplinary research effort designed to enhance understanding of the impact of workplace practices and policies on work, family life, and health outcomes. All employee and manager participants were assessed at baseline and at 6-, 12-, and 18-months post baseline. Opinions were elicited from employers and managers regarding the amount of hours they work, balance between work and family, opportunities to work from home, the ability to take vacation and time off when desired, and decision-making authority at work. Responses were also gathered on issues such as talking with a manager about conflicts outside of work, willingness to help other coworkers when they have been absent, workplace safety, and obligations to come into work when sick. Information was also collected on the likelihood of respondents quitting the company, whether respondents were looking for work elsewhere, job performance ratings of self and others, opinions about supervisors, and a series of questions relating to psychological distress and well-being. Data collected 2009-2012.

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