National Youth Survey US: Wave VII (NYS-1987)

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Study Details:
Youth data for the seventh wave of the National Youth Survey are contained in this collection. This research project, designed to gain a better understanding of both conventional and deviant types of behavior by youths, involved collecting information from a representative sample of young people in the United States. The first wave of this survey was conducted in 1976, the second in 1977, the third in 1978, the fourth in 1979, the fifth in 1980, and the sixth in 1983. For this wave, young adults were interviewed in early 1987 about events and behavior occurring in calendar year 1986, when they were 20 to 29 years of age. Data are available on the demographic and socioeconomic status of respondents, parents and friends, neighborhood problems, education, employment, skills, aspirations, encouragement, normlessness, attitudes toward deviance, exposure to delinquent peers, self-reported depression, delinquency, drug and alcohol use, victimization, pregnancy, abortion, use of mental health and outpatient services, violence by respondent and acquaintances, use of controlled drugs, and sexual activity.

Study Scope

Time period: 
1987
Collection date: 
1987
Geographic coverage : 
United States
Data types: 
survey data
Universe: 
Youths in the United States.
Notes: 
Variable names are preceded by the code "Y7" to indicate seventh-wave data.
Missing data are coded blank, and "Don't know" responses are coded blank unless otherwise indicated.
There are undocumented codes present in the data.
Subject Terms: 
  • aspirations
  • behavior problems
  • career goals
  • community involvement
  • delinquent behavior
  • depression (psychology)
  • deviance
  • drugs
  • expectations
  • family conflict
  • family relations
  • health services utilization
  • life events
  • neighborhood conditions
  • parental attitudes
  • parents
  • peer influence
  • sexual behavior
  • social attitudes
  • social behavior
  • social isolation
  • social values
  • socioeconomic status
  • spouse abuse
  • substance abuse
  • teenage pregnancies
  • victimization
  • young adults
  • youths

Study Methodology

Mode of data collection: 
face-to-face interview
Sample: 
National sample of the American youth population selected by area probability sampling.
Extent of processing: 
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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