NLSY79 Children

NLS Youth '79 Child & Young Adult Cohort

Short Description: 
Biological children of women in the NLSY79
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NLSY79 Child and Young Adult
Long Name: 
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Child and Young Adult
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NLSY79 Child/YA

Sample Design

The NLSY79 Child sample is comprised of all children born to NLSY79 mothers. Starting in 1986, the children of the NLSY79 mothers have been interviewed and assessed biennially to follow their cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development. Starting in 1994, children who have reached the age of 15 by the end of the survey year are no longer assessed but instead complete personal interviews similar to those given to their mothers during late adolescence and into adulthood.

The NLSY79 Child/Young Adult Sample: An Introduction

The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 cohort (NLSY79) is a multi-purpose panel survey that originally included a nationally representative sample of 12,686 men and women who were all 14 to 21 years of age on December 31, 1978. Annual interviews have been conducted with NLSY79 main Youth respondents since 1979, with a shift to a biennial interview mode after 1994. As of the 2018 interview round, the NLSY79 women had attained the ages of 53 to 62.

National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Child and Young Adult

The NLSY79 Child and Young Adult cohort is a longitudinal project that follows the biological children of the women in the NLSY79. As of 2018, more than 10,000 children had been interviewed in at least one survey round. To date, a total of 11,545 children have been identified as born to interviewed NLSY79 mothers. Data are now available from 1986 to 2018, representing 17 survey rounds for the child sample and 13 for young adults in that time span.


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