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Youth-Parent Socialization Panel Study, 1965-1997: Youth Wave IV, 1997 (ICPSR 4023)

Principal Investigator(s): Jennings, M. Kent, University of California-Santa Barbara; Stoker, Laura, University of California-Berkeley


This panel study is part of a series of surveys designed to assess political continuity and change across time for biologically related generations and to gauge the impact of life-stage events and historical trends on the behaviors and attitudes of respondents. A national sample of high school seniors and their parents was initially interviewed in 1965 with subsequent surveys of the same individuals conducted in 1973, 1982, and 1997. This data collection consists of the fourth wave of youth interviews conducted in 1997. Individuals who were identified and located from Wave III (1982) were reinterviewed for this wave. Information was gathered on respondents' political interest, party identification, political participation, interest in public affairs, issue positions, group evaluations, civic orientations, attitudes and behaviors over time, partisanship, and electoral behavior. Respondents were queried about their views on politics, concept of a good citizen, faith in government, and attitudes toward federal government. Respondents were also asked to indicate their feelings toward labor unions, activist groups, and politicians, and to rate the influence level of certain groups. Additional information was gathered on respondents' personal and family changes since 1982. Summary variables from previous waves of this study are also available. Background variables include age, sex, religious orientation, level of religious participation, marital status, ethnicity, educational status and background, place of residence, family income, and employment status.

Series: Youth Studies Series

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Study Description


Jennings, M. Kent, and Laura Stoker. Youth-Parent Socialization Panel Study, 1965-1997: Youth Wave IV, 1997. ICPSR04023-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-07-06.

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SBR-9601295)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    adolescents, family life, family relations, high school students, high schools, life events, parent child relationship, peer groups, personality, political attitudes, political behavior, political change, political participation, political partisanship, political socialization, public policy, social attitudes, social behavior, social protest, social studies, student attitudes, trends, trust in government

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1965--1997

Date of Collection:   

  • 1997-04--1997-07

Unit of Observation:    Individuals

Universe:    All high school seniors in the United States in 1965.

Data Type(s):    survey data, and event/transaction data

Data Collection Notes:

Most of the variables in this collection come from the 1997 survey (Wave IV), although there are a few summary measures from previous waves. The three-wave combined data from 1965-1982 are available as YOUTH-PARENT SOCIALIZATION PANEL STUDY, 1965-1982: THREE WAVES COMBINED (ICPSR 9553).


Sample:    The data collection consists of individuals from the Wave III panel of the original 1965 Youth-Parent Socialization Study participants who were located and reinterviewed. The original 1965 data collection was based on a national probability sample of high school seniors in 1965.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview, telephone interview

Response Rates:    The unadjusted rate is 56 percent from the original pool of 1,669 high school seniors in 1965.

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2004-09-16

Version History:

  • 2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.
  • 2005-07-06 ICPSR created a restricted-use data file containing three ZIP code variables that were blanked in the public-use data file. The codebook has also been updated to reflect this change.

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