Attitudes, Expectations, Non-Cognitive Tests & Activities: An Introduction

Information has been gathered on NLSY97 respondents' attitudes, expectations of the future, non-cognitive tests, and activities such as weekly activities, political and community participation, and computer use. Table 1 summarizes the NLSY97 topics available in this section.

Table 1. Expectations, Attitudes, Behaviors & Time Use Topics and Universe Restrictions

NLSY97 User's Guide Topic Universe restrictions

  Justice Systems Conjecture on events that might follow a hypothetical arrest All ages in Rounds 1-4
  Parents  Respondents rate parents' behavior 12-14 year olds in Rounds 1-4
  Peers Estimates of peers' positive and negative activities and behaviors All ages in Round 1 and Round 8; "Best friend" questions in Round 6
  School Opinions about school environment, including teacher quality, discipline, and safety All ages in Round 1 (for those enrolled in school)
  Self Scale similar to Achenbach's Youth Self Report Ages 12-14 in Round 1
  Domains of Influence Who the respondents turn to for advice for a number of issues All ages in Rounds 7 and 9
  Mental Health Measures Respondents rate their mental health via Mental Health Inventory
All ages in Rounds 4-6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 17 (See Health section for description)
  Risk Assessment Respondents rate their willingness to take risks in various settings and scenarios All ages in round 14
  Miscellaneous Attitude Questions Opinions about different topics; varies by round All ages in Rounds 10 and up.
Expectations Respondents' and parents' beliefs about what the respondents' future might be Ages 15 and 16 in Round 1; All ages in Round 4-5. Age 16 in Round 6.
Religion: Preferences, Beliefs, & Practices All ages. Respondent's religious preferences in Rounds 1, 9, 12, and 15;  Beliefs and practices in Rounds 6, 9, 12, and 15; church attendance in Rounds 4-15, 17; partner's religion in all rounds; parent's religion in Round 1.
Time Use Amount of time respondent spends on various activities Round 1: Ages 12-14 (16--not enrolled or employed.) Rounds 2 and 3: >=15--not enrolled or employed
Political Participation Voting habits, etc. All ages in Rounds 8, 10, 12, 14
Computer & Internet Access Respondent's computer and internet use; Questions vary by round Rounds 7 and up, all ages.
Community Participation & Volunteerism
Any unpaid volunteer work; reason for participation
Rounds 9, 11, 15, and 16; all ages.
Speech Data  Audio data (converted into numerical data) collected to learn about the connection between a worker's speech and labor market success. Round 15; African-American and Southern white respondents as well as a sample of the rest of the survey cohort.


Note:  Age restrictions as of 12/31/1996 unless stated otherwise.