NLSY79 Children

NLS Youth '79 Child & Young Adult Cohort

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


All Young Adult Survey rounds have included a variety of questions about income. The income questions generally reference the calendar year previous to the survey year. For example, in 2002, the reference year in the income questions was 2001.

All respondents are asked about their own income in the previous calendar year from these sources:


The Young Adults have been asked relatively few questions about their assets and debts. From 1994 to 1998, respondents were asked the following questions:

Child Care

Important Information


Created variables

Sexual Activity, Sex Education & Contraception

Marital Status, Marital Transitions & Attitudes




Friends and dating.  Starting in 1988, children aged 10 and older have been asked about their friendships, whether they feel lonely, and how much pressure they feel from friends to engage in anti-social behavior. These questions can be found in the CHILD SELF-ADMINISTERED SUPPLEMENT area of interest.

Work Experience

Each survey collects information about:


Data on respondents' usual earnings (inclusive of  tips, overtime, and bonuses but before deductions) have been collected during every Young Adult survey year for each employer for whom the respondent worked more than two weeks and more than 9 hours a week since the last interview date. The amount of earnings, reported in dollars and cents, is coupled with information on the applicable unit of time, such as per day, per hour, per week, or per year.


Since 2000, information has been collected on all jobs held since either the date of the last interview or January 1, 1994, whichever is more recent. From 1994 through 1998, the reference date for collecting job information was set to January 1 of the year preceding the fielding year. For respondents aging up as first-time young adults, their mother's date of last interview is used. Respondents are asked for the start and stop dates for all employers.


Subscribe to RSS - NLSY79 Children