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Simmons Longitudinal Study: Adaptation and Development Across the Lifespan [New England, United States], Grade 12 Data, Wave 5, 1990 (ICPSR 24864)
Principal Investigator(s): Reinherz, Helen Z., Simmons College. School of Social Work
The Simmons Longitudinal Study (SLS) is a community-based study that has prospectively traced the life course of a single-aged cohort from childhood (age 5) to adulthood (age 26). Data were collected from multiple informants at seven major time points: age 5 (1977), age 6 (1978), age 9 (1980-1981), age 15 (1987), age 18 (1990), age 21 (1993-1994), and age 26 (1998). Since its inception in 1977, the SLS has utilized a multidisciplinary, multimethod approach, with the dual goals of: (1) tracing the development and course of academic difficulties, behavior problems, and psychopathology; and (2) identifying factors that promote health functioning from early childhood (age 5) to adulthood (age 26). The SLS has consistently emphasized the identification of modifiable social and environmental risk and protective factors that can be targeted directly in prevention and intervention programs. To date, SLS has published 50 journal articles and 9 book chapters. The original study group was comprised of every child who entered kindergarten in the fall of 1977 in one public school district in a northeastern town in the United States. For this wave of the study, Wave 5, researchers revisited with study participants in 1990 when they were 18 years old and most were seniors in high school thinking about future plans for work and education. The interviews gathered information on future goals, behavioral and emotional adjustment, current social and interpersonal functioning, and mental health problems such as depression, and substance abuse and dependence.
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Reinherz, Helen Z. Simmons Longitudinal Study: Adaptation and Development Across the Lifespan [New England, United States], Grade 12 Data, Wave 5, 1990. ICPSR24864-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-10-12. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24864.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24864.v1
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health (5-R01 MH-41569)
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: academic achievement, achievement, adolescents, attitudes, behavior problems, body image, dating (social), demographic characteristics, education, family relations, financial support, friendships, health, health problems, high school students, household composition, human behavior, life events, life history, mental health, mental health services, parental attitudes, parents, self evaluation, social issues, social support, student behavior, student evaluation, substance abuse
Geographic Coverage: Massachusetts, New England, United States
Date of Collection:
Unit of Observation: individual
Universe: Twelfth graders aged 18 followed prospectively since age 5 when they were screened for entry into one public school system in the northeastern United States.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
Data for Preschool Data, Wave 1, 1977 (ICPSR 22800), Kindergarten Data, Wave 2, 1978 (ICPSR 24861), Grade 3 Data, Wave 3, 1980-1981 (ICPSR 24862), Grade 9 Data, Wave 4, 1987 (ICPSR 24863), Age 21 Data, Wave 6, 1993-1994 (ICPSR 24865), and Age 26 Data, Wave 7, 1998 (ICPSR 24866) are also available from ICPSR.
In 1977, when the study began, participants were all from one school district in the northeastern United States. In later data waves, especially Age 21, Wave 6, 1993-1994 and Age 26, Wave 7, 1998, most respondents resided throughout the United States; a few resided out of the country.
The original file name as provided by the data producer for Part 1 was G12RQ, for Part 2 was G12DIS3R, for Part 3 was G12DX, and for Part 4 was G12COMP.
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Additional details about the Simmons Longitudinal Study can be found at the Simmons College School of Social Work Web site.
Sample: The original 1977 sample included all youth registering for kindergarten in one public school system in a working class community in Massachusetts. The racial composition and gender division of the original sample were representative of the population of Massachusetts at that time. The sample included approximately equal numbers of males and females, and almost all (98 percent) were Caucasian. For information in regard to "Sample Retention" and "Effects of Sample Attrition," please review the ICPSR codebook available with this collection.
Mode of Data Collection: face-to-face interview, self-enumerated questionnaire
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 2009-10-12
- 2016-04-14 The codebook and data collection instrument have been made publicly available.
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