The 1981 National Survey of Children
Investigators: Child Trends, Inc.

This is the second of the two waves of studies sponsored by the Foundation for Child Development and the National Institute of Mental Health. When weighted, the data constitute a national sample of children aged 12-16 in 1981. The information provided is based on reinterviews with a subsample of those originally studied in 1976 (documented separately as DAAPPP Data Set No. 37-38). The main purposes of the 1976 survey were to: assess physical, social, and psychological well-being of different groups of American children, and develop a national profile of the way children live and the care they receive. The sample was a multi-stage stratified probability sample of households in the continental U.S. containing at least one child in the age range of 7 through 11 years at that time (born between 1964 and 1969). Black households were oversampled. Data were gathered on 2,301 children, which represented 1,747 households. Interviews were conducted with the eligible child and the parent most capable of providing information about the child, usually the mother. A follow-up study of schools attended by the children was also carried out. In 1981, a reinterview survey was conducted with all of those children who were in a high conflict or disrupted family in 1976, and with a subsample of the others. A total of 1,423 children completed the 1981 reinterview, 1,036 whites and 337 blacks. At the time of this second interview, children in the sample were aged 11 to 16. Most of the background and outcome measures were repeated in the 1981 survey. In addition, new data were gathered on patterns of parent-child interaction and on outcome areas more relevant for teenage children, including dating and sexual activity, drinking, smoking, drug use, and delinquency. Users who want to conduct longitudinal analyses of the 1976 and 1981 data should order both DAAPPP Data Set Nos. 37-38 and 88-90.

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