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Finding Data: Data on Young Adults

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    Young Adults - Non USA ::

  • Adolescent Health and Academic Achievement (AHAA) Study
    Provides an opportunity to examine the effects of education on adolescent behavior, academic achievement, and cognitive and psychosocial development in the 1990s. Expands the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). While Add Health is a rich source of data on social contexts and adolescent development, it has limited information on the academic trajectories of youth. Thus, the AHAA study contributes to Add Health by providing the high school transcripts of Add Health Wave III sample members. The AHAA data provides indicators of (1) educational achievement, (2) course taking patterns, (3) curricular exposure, and (4) educational contexts within and between schools, all of which can be linked to the Add Health survey data. Access is restricted and through Sociometrics. To access
    • Use the Social Science Electronic Data Library.
    • Click on Data Archive on Adolescent Pregnancy and Pregnancy Prevention.
    • Go to The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Wave III, 2001-2002 (Add Health).
    • Click on Download Instructions.
    • Submit the request form.
    • You will then have to wait to get permission to use.

  • Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention Study (ASAPS), 2001-2006 [Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New Orleans, St. Louis]
    Randomized field trial designed to test the effectiveness of a new school-based substance abuse prevention program called Take Charge of Your Life (TCYL). The program consisted of 2 curricula, one for middle schools and the other for high schools, which were delivered through the Drug Abuse Resistance Education network of law enforcement officers (D.A.R.E.). TCYL was developed building on existing D.A.R.E. 7th/8th grade and 10th/11th grade curricula and applied principles and strategies suggested by published literature on effective drug abuse prevention programming and effective middle and high school curricula design. ASAPS was conducted among a 2001-2002 multi-site cohort of 7th graders who were followed for 5 years until the 2005-2006 school year when they were in the 11th grade. The 1st TCYL curriculum was delivered in the treatment schools when the students were in 7th grade and the 2nd was delivered when they were in the 9th grade. Over the 5-year study period, the treatment and control students responded to 7 self-administered surveys: (1) at baseline in the 7th grade, (2) post-intervention in the 7th grade, (3) in the 8th grade, (4) pre-intervention in the 9th grade, (5) post intervention in the 9th grade, (6) in the 10th grade, and (7) in the 11th grade. Topics covered by the surveys include normative beliefs, social skills, attitudes toward drug use, and self-reported use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other illicit drugs. Also include measures of implementation fidelity of the 7th grade TCYL curriculum from trained observers who rated the D.A.R.E. officers' delivery in the classroom. The fidelity measures encompass content coverage and instructional strategy.

  • Boston Youth Labor (Market) Survey (1980, 1989)
    Also referred to as the Young Black Men Employment Study.

  • Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement (CJRP) (1997+)
    Administered every other year, in odd-numbered years. Replaced the Census of Public and Private Juvenile Detention, Correctional, and Shelter Facilities, also known as the Children in Custody (CIC) census, which had been conducted since the early 1970s. Also see the Matched Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement (CJRP)/Juvenile Residential Facility Census (JRFC) Series.

  • Census of Law Enforcement Gang Units, 2007 (CLEGU)
    Collected data from all state & local law enforcement agencies with 100 or more sworn officers and at least one officer dedicated solely to addressing gangs and gang activities. Collected data on the operations, workload, policies, and procedures of gang units in large state and local law enforcement agencies in order to expand knowledge of gang prevention and enforcement tactics. Also collected summary measures of gang activity in the agencies' jurisdictions to allow for comparison across jurisdictions with similar gang problems.

  • Census of Public and Private Juvenile Detention, Correctional, and Shelter Facilities (1971+)
    Information on the population and characteristics of public (through 1984-1985) or public and private (1986-1987 and beyond) juvenile facilities in operation in the United States each February. Annual data for the previous calendar year are included as well. Residential programs and group homes were included in the census if they housed three or more residents, if at least 50% of the residents were juveniles, and if accused or adjudicated delinquents and status offenders were at least 1% of their average daily population. In California, however, all California Youth Authority Facilities were included in the census. Juvenile facilities operated as part of adult jails were excluded, as were nonresidential facilities, facilities exclusively for drug or alcohol abusers or nonoffenders, and federal juvenile correctional facilities.

  • Data Archive on Adolescent Pregnancy and Pregnancy Prevention (DAAPPP)
    In 1994, the scope of DAAPPP was expanded to include studies that focus more broadly on adolescent sexual health issues, thereby including studies examining behavioral factors related to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in addition to pregnancy.

  • Follow-up and Replication of Prevalence of Bulimia Among College Students, 1991-1992
    These data were collected as a follow-up and replication of Colby, Ware, and Zuckerman's "Prevalence of Bulimia Among College Students" (1982-1984) study which surveyed a random sample of college students from Harvard University in 1982. The purpose of the replication was to examine changes in the prevalence of dieting behavior and eating disorder symptoms from 1982 to 1992. The follow-up was designed to assess whether any change in eating behaviors had occurred during the transition to early adulthood.

  • 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.

  • Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study (1993, 1997, 1999, 2001)
    Multi-round survey that interviewed students in 4 year colleges and universities, examined key issues in alcohol abuse and other high risk behaviors among college students, including the relationship of state alcohol control measures and college policies to alcohol use and the role of fraternities and sororities, easy access to alcohol, and low alcohol prices. Collected information on students' use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs, views on campus alcohol policies and student alcohol use, reasons for drinking alcohol and reasons for not drinking or limiting drinking, and personal difficulties caused by drinking problems (e.g., missed classes and trouble with police). Additional topics include overall health status, daily activities, satisfaction with education being received, grade-point average, living arrangements, social life, sexual activity (heterosexual, homosexual, and bisexual), use of condoms during sexual intercourse, rape, and drunk driving. Background variables include age, height, weight, sex, marital status, religion, mother's and father's education, mother's and father's drinking habits, race, and Hispanic origin.

  • Intercity Variation in Youth Homicide, Robbery, and Assault, 1984-2006
    Collected data on homicide, robbery, and assault offending for youth 13 to 24 years of age in 91 of the 100 largest cities in the United States (based on the 1980 Census) from various existing data sources. Data on youth homicide perpetration were acquired from the Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR) and data on nonlethal youth violence (robbery and assault) were obtained from the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR). Annual homicide, robbery, and assault arrest rates per 100,000 age-specific populations (i.e., 13 to 17 and 18 to 24 year olds) were calculated by year for each city in the study. Data on city characteristics were derived from several sources including the County and City Data Books, SHR, and the Vital Statistics Multiple Cause of Death File.

  • Juvenile Residential Facility Census (JRFC) Series
    Collects basic information on facility characteristics, including size, structure, security arrangements, and ownership. Also provides information on the use of bed space in the facility to indicate whether the facility is experiencing crowding. Includes questions about the type of facility, such as detention center, training school, ranch, or group home. This information is complemented by a series of questions about other residential services provided by the facility, such as independent living, foster care, or other arrangements. Uses 4 modules to collect information on the health care, education, substance abuse treatment, and mental health treatment provided to youth in these facilities. These 4 modules are not always collected each year. While not evaluating the effectiveness or quality of these services, the JRFC gathers important information about the youth the services are directed toward and how the services are provided. The census indicates the use of screenings or tests conducted to determine counseling, education, health, or substance abuse needs, and also examines prominent issues about conditions of confinement, including the restraint of youth and improper absences from the facility. Congress requires the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to report annually on the number of deaths of juveniles in custody; JRFC collects information on such deaths for the one-year period just prior to the census reference date. The census reference date is the 4th Wednesday in October. The inclusion criteria for facilities are: (1) the facility must house persons under the age of 21, (2) who were charged with or adjudicated for an offense, and (3) were present in the facility on the reference date because of that offense. JRFC does not capture data on adult prisons or jails, nor does it include facilities that are used exclusively for mental health or substance abuse treatment or for dependent children.

  • 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.

  • Monitoring the Future. 1976+
    Ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of some 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed. A number of questions on drug use are asked.

    Sample Size: 8th grade - approx. 18,000; 10th grade - approx. 17,000; 12th grade - approx. 16,000.

  • Murray Research Archive - Adolescent Datasets
    Has a number of studies valuable for research of adolescents / young adults.

    Useful studies include:

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

  • National Annenberg Survey of Youth (NASY) (2002+)
    Covers a range of both risky and protective behaviors as well as potential targets of intervention. Provides the only nationally representative picture of trends in youth gambling. Also covered are beliefs and attitudes regarding the stigma of mental illness, uses of media for entertainment and information and knowledge about the political system.

  • 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 Job Corps Study (1994-1995)
    Job Corps is the nation's largest & most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24. Combines classroom, practical, and work-based learning experiences to prepare youths to become more responsible, employable and productive citizens. Contains information on education, employment and earnings, marital status and household composition, fertility, welfare receipt and other income, health, drug use and drug treatment, arrest behavior and criminal incidents conducted against or by the respondent. In addition, the 30-month follow-up interview contains data on literacy skills.

  • 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.

  • 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.

    Citation:
    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.

    Citation:
    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.

    Citation:
    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.

  • National Youth Gang Survey
    Annual survey of law enforcement agencies to assess the extent of youth gang problems by measuring the presence, characteristics, and behaviors of local gangs in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Summary data.

  • National Youth Survey (NYS) (1976-1987)
    Parents and youth were interviewed about events and behavior of the preceding year to gain a better understanding of both conventional and deviant types of behavior by youths. Data were collected on demographic and socioeconomic status of respondents, disruptive events in the home, neighborhood problems, parental aspirations for youth, labeling, integration of family and peer contexts, attitudes toward deviance in adults and juveniles, parental discipline, community involvement, drug and alcohol use, victimization, pregnancy, depression, use of outpatient services, spouse violence by respondent and partner, and sexual activity. Demographic variables include sex, ethnicity, birth date, age, marital status, and employment of the youths, and information on the marital status and employment of the parents.

  • New Jersey State Police Street Gang Survey (2001, 2004, 2007)
    Survey of law enforcement agencies to assess the extent of youth gang problems by measuring the presence, characteristics, and behaviors of local gangs in jurisdictions. For quick analysis see the Dataverse version.

  • 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. Includes various supplemental surveys including: (1) Disability and Use of Time (DUST): collected information from roughly 400 older couples about disability, time use, and well-being during telephone interviews conducted shortly after the 2009 Main Interview.; (2) 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 and 3) Housing, Mortgage Stress, and Wealth Data (2009, 2001, 2013) as well as Wealth files for 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007. For an overview, see its Resource Guide. (3) 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. Geography is down to the state level.

  • Religion and Deviance at Four American Universities
    Contains measures on religious belief and practice, Christian fundamentalist beliefs, religious context, and deviant behavior from students at 4 American universities. Two of these universities are public state schools; two are private and have religious affiliations. A total of 1,753 respondents were surveyed regarding their religious beliefs and practices, tattoos, piercings, and engagement in (or abstinence from) sexual intercourse, binge drinking, and marijuana use.

  • Survey of Youth in Residential Placement (SYRP) 2003
    Only national survey that gathers data directly from youth in the juvenile justice system. Surveyed offender youth between the ages of 10 and 20. SYRP asks the youth about their backgrounds, offense histories and problems; the facility environment; experiences in the facility; experiences with alcohol and drugs; experiences of victimization in placement; medical needs and services received; and their expectations for the future.

  • 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.

  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System 1991+
    Monitors health risk behaviors that contribute markedly to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. These behaviors, often established during childhood and early adolescence, include tobacco use, unhealthy dietary behaviors, inadequate physical activity, alcohol and other drug use. Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection. Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence.

This page last updated: October 21, 2009