Gender

Gender

Symbol Variable

KEY!SEX. Provides respondent's gender.

Information on the respondent's gender was first collected in the Screener, Household Roster, and Nonresident Roster Questionnaire (round 1). This information was then verified or corrected by the respondent in the round 1 Youth Questionnaire and by the responding parent in the Parent Questionnaire (round 1). The interviewer recorded the respondent's gender in the interviewer remarks sections (YIR) in subsequent rounds. Table 1 summarizes the composition of the cohort by gender and sample type.

Table 1. NLSY97 Composition by Gender and Sample Type

Sample type Male Female Total
Round 1
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
3459
1140
4599
3289
1096
4385
6748
2236
8984
Round 2
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
3213
1070
4283
3066
1037
4103
6279
2107
8386
Round 3
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
3143
1026
4169
3029
1010
4039
6172
2036
8208
Round 4
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
3097
1019
4116
2957
1007
3964
6054
2026
8080
Round 5
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
3011
977
3988
2907
987
3894
5918
1964
7882
Round 6
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
2995
1002
3997
2903
996
3899
5898
1998
7896
Round 7
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
2951
977
3928
2831
995
3826
5782
1972
7754
Round 8
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
2813
916
3729
2787
986
3773
5600
1902
7502
Round 9
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
2731
932
3663
2706
969
3675
5437
1901
7338
Round 10
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
2850
953
3803
2774
982
3756
5624
1935
7559
Round 11
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
2803
932
3735
2718
965
3683
5521
1897
7418
Round 12
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
2819
948
3767
2741
982
3723
5560
1930
7490
Round 13
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
2835
950
3785
2781
993
3774
5616
1943
7559
Round 14
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
2816
949
3765
2728
986
3714
5544
1935
7479
Round 15
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
2792
951
3743
2709
971
3680
5501
1922
7423
Round 16
Cross-sectional
Supplemental
Total
2647
898
3545
2638
958
3596
5285
1856
7141
 
Note: Table is based on CV_SAMPLE_TYPE, KEY!SEX, and RNI.

Information on the gender of household members is found in Household Composition.

Comparison to Other NLS Surveys: Information on gender is available for both the NLSY79 and the Children of the NLSY79. Gender is implicit by membership in the Original Cohorts.

Survey Instruments: This information was collected in the household roster section of the round 1 Screener, Household Roster, and Nonresident Roster Questionnaire.  Verification or correction of the information is found in the youth information section (question names begin with YINF) of the round 1 Youth Questionnaire, the PINF section of the round 1 Parent Questionnaire, and the interviewer remarks section (YIR) of the Youth Questionnaires in rounds 2 and up.

Related User's Guide Sections Household Composition
Characteristics of Non-Residential Relatives
Main Area of Interest Symbols
Supplemental Area of Interest Geographic Indicators