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High School Seniors Cohort Study, 1965 and 1973 (ICPSR 7575)

Principal Investigator(s): Jennings, M. Kent, University of Michigan. Center for Political Studies


This data collection contains information gathered from questionnaires administered to high school seniors on two separate occasions. Part 1 contains data gathered in 1965 in order to provide information about the social and political climate of the peer groups and the entire senior classes of the student interviewees who were the subjects of the STUDENT-PARENT SOCIALIZATION STUDY, 1965 (ICPSR 7286). Part 2 contains similar data gathered in 1973 to provide a trend line and to cover slightly different topics. The schools used were defined by the 97 included in the socialization study, in which all members of the senior class were potential respondents. In the cohort study, several key political measures (especially trust, efficacy, tolerance, cosmopolitanism, salience, and partisanship) and personal measures were developed paralleling those used in the socialization study. Data include respondent's attitudes toward politics, things the respondent was least proud of (e.g., discrimination against minorities or dirty politics in government), concept of a good citizen, faith in government, political interest, attitudes toward federal government, party identification, academic courses, interest in public affairs, attitudes toward school and students, school activities, respondent's personality, academic background and plans, occupational plans, and family background. The 1965 and 1973 interviews differed in some respects: Part 1 included more attention to the social studies curriculum and the social climate, and Part 2 devoted more attention to political data and ethnic and racial composition. Additional information about the schools attended by the students was collected from school officials through a school characteristics form, e.g., percentages of various ethnic groups making up the student population, percentage of graduating seniors entering college, and whether the school had a formal social studies curriculum guide. These data are located at the end of each file.

Series: Youth Studies Series

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Study Description


Jennings, M. Kent. High School Seniors Cohort Study, 1965 and 1973. ICPSR07575-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1979. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07575.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07575.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Danforth Foundation
  • National Science Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    academic achievement, adolescents, career goals, citizenship, high school students, high schools, peer groups, personality, political attitudes, political behavior, political corruption, political partisanship, political socialization, public policy, social problems, social attitudes, social behavior, social change, social studies, student attitudes, tolerance, trust in government

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1965
  • 1973

Date of Collection:   

  • 1965 (spring)
  • 1973 (spring)

Universe:    High school seniors in the United States.

Data Type(s):    aggregate data, survey data


Sample:    The number of cooperating schools was 77 in 1965 and 85 in 1973. The number of respondents in the 1965 study was 20,682 (85 percent response rate) and 16,929 respondents in 1973 (approximately 80 percent response rate). The weighted data provide a sample that can be considered a nationally representative sample of high school seniors based on population distributions as of the mid-1960s.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires and school characteristics forms

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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