NLSY79 Children

NLS Youth '79 Child & Young Adult Cohort

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Biological children of women in the NLSY79
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NLSY79 Child and Young Adult
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National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Child and Young Adult
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NLSY79 Child/YA

Alcohol Use




The child survey regularly collected a range of detailed information on each child's current health conditions and health history. Table 1 gives an overview of the types of reports of physical development and mental health asked over the survey rounds for children.

Public Assistance Support Sources

All survey years have included questions about public assistance income sources. The most detail has been asked about:


All Young Adult Survey rounds have included a variety of questions about income. The income questions generally reference the calendar year previous to the survey year. For example, in 2002, the reference year in the income questions was 2001.

All respondents are asked about their own income in the previous calendar year from these sources:


The Young Adults have been asked relatively few questions about their assets and debts. From 1994 to 1998, respondents were asked the following questions:

Child Care

Important Information

This section describes child care questions asked of Young Adults about their own children. Information about the child care experiences of child/young adult respondents in their first three years of life is summarized in a separate section called Child Care During Childhood.


Created variables

Sexual Activity, Sex Education & Contraception

Marital Status, Marital Transitions & Attitudes




Friends and dating. From 1988 to 2014, children aged 10 and older were asked about their friendships, whether they felt lonely, and how much pressure they felt from friends to engage in anti-social behavior. These questions can be found in the CHILD SELF-ADMINISTERED SUPPLEMENT area of interest.


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