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Terman Life-Cycle Study of Children with High Ability, 1922-1991 (ICPSR 8092) RSS

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This study of the personal and life characteristics of children with high ability follows the 1,528 respondents from 1922 through the latest series of interviews with the surviving cohort of 720 in 1986. The original research objectives were to replace myths about intellectually superior children with documented facts. In 1922, the children were identified on the basis of an intelligence test as being in the top one percent of the population. Their development was followed over the next sixty years via questionnaires, personal interviews, and various test instruments. Questions were asked about their health, physical and emotional development, school histories, recreational activities, home life, family background, educational, vocational, and marital histories. Questions were also asked about income, emotional stability, and socio-political attitudes. The follow-up questionnaires were concerned with the evolution of the respondents' careers, activity patterns, and personal adjustment. Since 1972 there has been special emphasis on the aging process. These longitudinal data will continue to be collected as long as living members of the original cohort contribute data.

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DS1:  1922-1986 Demographic and Test Information, Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS2:  1922-1986 Demographic and Test Information, Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS3:  1922 Parents' Information Parts I and III, Males - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS4:  1922 Parents' Information Parts I and III, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS5:  1922 Teachers' Information, Males - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS6:  1922 Teachers' Information, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS8:  1922 Parents' Information Parts II and IV, Females - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS9:  1922 Subject Interests, Males - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS10:  1922 Subject Interests, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS11:  1928 Parents' Information, Males - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS12:  1928 Parents' Information, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS13:  1928 Trait Ratings, Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS14:  1928 Trait Ratings, Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS15:  1927-1928 Information, Males - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS16:  1927-1928 Information, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS17:  1927-1928 Interest, Males - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS18:  1927-1928 Interest, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS19:  1936 Information, Males - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS20:  1936 Information, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS21:  1936 Parents' Information, Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS22:  1936 Parents' Information, Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS23:  1940 Information, Males - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS24:  1940 Information, Females - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
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DS25:  1940 Strong Vocational Interest, Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS26:  1940 Strong Vocational Interest, Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS27:  1940 Strong Vocational Interest of Male's Spouse - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS28:  1940 Strong Vocational Interest of Female's Spouse - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS29:  1940 Evaluation of Personality and Temperament, Males - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS30:  1940 Evaluation of Personality and Temperament, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS31:  1940 Evaluation of Personality and Temperament by Male's Spouse - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS32:  1940 Evaluation of Personality and Temperament by Female's Spouse - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS33:  1940 Marriage Study, Males - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS34:  1940 Marriage Study, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS35:  1940 Marriage Study by Spouse of Males - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS36:  1940 Marriage Study by Spouse of Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS37:  1940 Parents' Information, Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS38:  194O Parents' Information, Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS39:  1945 Information, Males - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS40:  1945 Information, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS41:  1950 Information, Males - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS42:  1950 Information, Females - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS43:  1950 Supplemental Biographical Information, Males - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS44:  1950 Supplemental Biographical Information, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS45:  1950 Rate of Reproduction (by Subject), Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS46:  1950 Rate of Reproduction (by Subject), Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS47:  1955 Information, Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS48:  1955 Information, Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS49:  1960 Information, Males - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS50:  1960 Information, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS51:  1972 Information, Males - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS52:  1972 Information, Females - Download All Files (0.2 MB)
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DS53:  1977 Information, Males - Download All Files (0.5 MB)
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DS54:  1977 Information, Females - Download All Files (0.4 MB)
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DS55:  1982 Information, Males - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS56:  1982 Information, Females - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS57:  1986 Information, Males - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS58:  1986 Information, Females - Download All Files (0.3 MB)
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DS59:  1922-1986 Data Availability for all Questionnaires, Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS60:  1922-1986 Data Availability for all Questionnaires, Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS61:  1922 Anthropometric Measures, Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS62:  1922 Anthropometric Measures, Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS63:  1922 Whittier Environmental File, Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS64:  1922 Whittier Environmental File, Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS65:  1922-1986 Education File: Dates and Ages, Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS66:  1922-1986 Education File: Dates and Ages, Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS67:  1922-1986 Marriage, Divorce, and Death, Males - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS68:  1922-1986 Marriage, Divorce, and Death, Females - Download All Files (0.1 MB)
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DS69:  1991 General Information, Males - Download All Files (3.1 MB)
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DS70:  1991 General Information, Females - Download All Files (3.1 MB)
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DS71:  Codebook for Volume I: 1922-1928
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DS72:  Codebook for Volume II: 1936-1945
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DS73:  Codebook for Volume III: 1950-1986
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Study Description

Citation

Terman, Lewis M., et al. Terman Life-Cycle Study of Children with High Ability, 1922-1991. ICPSR08092-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08092.v3

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   ability, achievement, aptitude, children, divorce, educational background, emotional development, employment, families, family life, health, home environment, life cycle, life events, life plans, marriage, parents, personality, teachers

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1922--1991

Date of Collection:  

  • 1922--1991

Universe:   Children living in California in 1922 with an average age of 12 and a Stanford Binet Intelligence test score of 135 or more.

Data Types:   clinical data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A description of the extensive cleaning and processing carried out by the Principal Investigators, with the aid of a grant from the National Institute on Aging, appears in the introduction to the printed documentation.

Methodology

Sample:   1,528 children living in California in 1922, with birthdates scattered around a mean of 1910, with a standard deviation of 4 years. By the final followup, there were 812 participants remaining in the study.

Data Source:

questionnaires filled out by parents, teachers, subjects and spouses, personal interviews, and test instruments

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