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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Attachment 104, Part A: 1981 Standard Metropolitan Statistical Areas (SMSAs)

SOURCE: 1981 SMSA codes are taken from the October 1981 issue of the Statistical Reporter. These are included in the 1979-82 NLSY79 geocode data files.


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:


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