1980-1982 U.S. National Study of High School and Beyond, Selected Variables: A Longitudinal Study of Female Sophomores
Investigators: Peter Morrison, Linda Waite, & Allan Abrahamse

This is the second of two National Longitudinal Studies (NLS). The first, NLS-72, began with over 22,000 high school seniors in the spring of 1972. The second study began with a 1980 collection of base year data on individual and family background, high school experiences, work experiences, plans for the future, and cognitive ability and achievement from high school seniors and sophomores. The first follow-up was conducted in the spring of 1982, and a second follow-up was conducted in 1984. The current Data Set was designed to build on the NLS-72 by replicating selected 1972 study questionnaire and cognitive test items as well as expanding the data to include a broader range of lifecycle factors, such as family-formation behavior and social participation. Over 30,000 sophomores enrolled in 1,015 public and private high schools across the country participated in the Base Year survey, with questionnaires administered at schools or appropriate off-campus locations. The 1982 follow-up sample consisted of approximately 30,000 1980 sophomores, with different questionnaires for those who had dropped out of school and those who remained enrolled in school. The DAAPPP file is an extract designed by Peter Morrison and his colleagues at the Rand Corporation. The cases were limited to female high school sophomores who were not mothers at the time of the 1980 baseline survey. In addition to the approximately 100 variables obtained directly from the High School and Beyond Data Set, the investigators computed approximately twenty scale score and indicator variables.

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