NLS Youth '79 Cohort

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1979 Cohort
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Men and women born in the years 1957-64
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NLS Youth 1979
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National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1979
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NLSY79 Appendix 21: Attitudinal Scales

The NLSY79 dataset features several attitudinal scale scores. To help researchers utilize these data more easily, summary score variables for the following scales have now been constructed:

Attachment 100: Geographic Regions

States by Region

Census Division States
Region 1:
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
Rhode Island
Region 2:

NLSY79 Appendix 20: Round 20 (2002) Early Bird and Income Recall Experiments

Two experiments were implemented with the round 20 (2002) survey. Each is described in more detail below.


NLSY79 Appendix 19: SF-12 Health Scale Scoring

The SF-12, which stands for short-form 12-question, is a brief inventory of self-reported mental and physical health. This scale was administered to respondents who had turned 40 since their last interview as part of the age 40+ health module, included in the 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006 surveys, and in the 50+ health module administered in the 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 surveys.

Rather than using the twelve questions separately, SF-12 users often create two summary scores:

NLSY79 Appendix 15: Recipiency Event History Data

The NLSY79 surveys have solicited information about program recipiency since the first round in 1979. Methods used to collect information about program recipiency from 1979-1992 and from 1993 to the present differed. These methods are described below. The variables found in the RECIPIENT MONTH and RECIPIENT YEAR areas of interest have been constructed to provide users with a more straightforward sequence of variables containing monthly and yearly receipt amounts if any and flags for the survey year in which the data was reported.

NLSY79 Appendix 14: Instrument Rosters

Instrument Rosters

In the paper and pencil (PAPI) questionnaires administered from 1979-1992, basic information about specific types of subjects (household members, children, etc.) was often recorded in a table or grid structure, and subsequently stored in a similar format. With computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI), expanded electronic versions of these grids and tables were implemented.


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