NLS Youth '97 Cohort

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth - 1997 Cohort
Short Description: 
Men and women born in the years 1980-84
Short Title: 
NLS Youth 1997
Long Name: 
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth | 1997
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Fertility, Pregnancy & Children

Created Variables

CV_CHILD_STATUS.xx. Identifies the status of the respondent's biological children.

CV_CHILD_BIRTH_DATE.xx_M/Y. Provides each biological child's actual month and year of birth.

CV_CHILD_BIRTH_MONTH.xx. Provides each biological children's date of birth in a continuous month scheme.

Marital & Marriage-Like Relationships

Created Variables

CV_MARSTAT_COLLAPSED. This variable identifies the current marital status of age-eligible respondents, with respondents classified in five basic marital categories--never married, married, separated, divorced, and widowed. 

Sexual Activity & Dating

Created Variables

Child Trends, Inc., created three variables related to sexual activity for release with the round 4 data set:

FP_SEXEVER. Indicates whether respondent had ever had sex by round 4 interview.

FP_SEXAGE. Provides respondent's age at first sex.

Drug Use

Created Variables

Cigarette Use

Created Variables

Health: Conditions & Practices

Characteristics of Non-Residential Relatives

Important Information About Characteristics of Non-Residential Relatives Data

1. During the interview, the survey program organized the informant's answers to questions about nonresident relatives into a "nonresident roster." This grid of data is the best source of information about these relatives and should be used instead of the raw data in analyses.

Autonomy & Parental Control

Created Variables

Child Trends, Inc., has created several indexes based on the parental control variables. The following are available:

Parent Characteristics

Parents, Family Process & Childhood: An Introduction

Parent information and other childhood background factors were gathered in the select survey rounds of the NLSY97, especially in the early rounds. Parent information comes from both youth reports and parent interviews (conducted in the first round of the survey).


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