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Civic Cohort: Parent-Youth Dyad Interviews during the 2002-2004 Election Cycles in Arizona, Colorado, and Florida (ICPSR 36529)

Principal Investigator(s): McDevitt, Michael, University of Colorado-Boulder


This data collection is gathered from interviews with parent-youth dyads in Arizona, Colorado, and Florida across two election cycles: 2002 and 2004. Adolescent respondents were juniors and seniors in high school during a midterm campaign, and old enough to vote during the subsequent presidential election. The civics curriculum Kids Voting USA (KVUSA) provided conditions for a quasi-experimental field intervention in the three selected states. Measures of civic engagement include student and parent voting, political knowledge, and deliberative activities like news media attention, active political discussion, and willingness to listen and to disagree with others.

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McDevitt, Michael. Civic Cohort: Parent-Youth Dyad Interviews during the 2002-2004 Election Cycles in Arizona, Colorado, and Florida. ICPSR36529-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-02-01.

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This study was funded by:

  • Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
  • Knight Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    communication, elections, families, opinions, parental attitudes, political attitudes, political perceptions, political socialization, politics, schools, student attitudes, student participation, voter attitudes, voting behavior

Smallest Geographic Unit:    County

Geographic Coverage:    Arizona, Colorado, Florida, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002--2004 (Fall 2002-Fall 2004)

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002-11--2005-01

Unit of Observation:    Parent/Youth Pairs

Universe:    High school juniors and seniors, and their parents, in four counties across Arizona, Colorado, and Florida, from November 2002 to November 2004.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The researchers chose the geographic region of the study because a substantial number of schools in the four selected counties adopted the Kids Voting USA (KVUSA) program in the Fall of 2002. For more information about the program and its curricula, users are encouraged to visit the KVUSA Web site.


Study Design:    The data incorporates information gathered from a panel survey of student-parent dyads with a quasi-experimental stimulus for students in the form of deliberative curricula. The design incorporates post-test only measures acquired from three waves of interviews. In the first phase - that is, post-curricula, post-Election Day indicators (T1), the research team interviewed juniors and seniors, along with one parent from each family, following Election Day 2002. Kids Voting activities had been implemented during the initial weeks of the school year to coincide with the end of the campaign. Curricula activities culminated with election day. the researchers interviewed the same dyads one year after the 2002 campaign (T2), and interviewed respondents a final time after election day 2004 (T3). The study sites (El Paso County, Maricopa County, Broward/Palm Beach counties) include both KVUSA schools and non-KVUSA schools.

Sample:    The population consists of families in the four counties with at least one dyad consisting of a parent and a student in grade 11 or 12. The researchers obtained lists of dyads from a major vendor for sample frames, and began each wave in November - after Election Day in the case of 2002 and 2004. There is substantial attrition from year to year, as cooperation from both a parent and an adolescent was needed to complete a dyad, while keeping up with youth respondents during a mobile phase of their lives. The n's for dyads are 491 in 2002 (982 respondents), 288 in 2003 (576 respondents), and 187 in 2004 (374 respondents).

Time Method:    Longitudinal

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted telephone interview (CATI), mail questionnaire, web-based survey

Response Rates:    Using the RR3 formula of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, response rates for completed dyad interviews were 58 percent (Wave 1), 59 percent (Wave 2), and 65 percent (Wave 3).

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:   2017-02-01

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