CBS News/New York Times Teenage Problems Poll, May 1994 (ICPSR 6597)

Published: Jun 21, 2000

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CBS News; The New York Times

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This special topic poll queried American teenagers on the problems they face. Specific topics included drugs, crime, guns, teen pregnancy, alcohol, AIDS, and racism. Respondents were asked about problems with school, peer pressure, their opinions on the future of American teenagers, and whether they personally knew anyone who had been shot in the past five years. Other questions asked teens whether their parents were divorced, separated, or together, how likely it was that they themselves would be divorced in the future, and whether they would consider becoming a single parent. Background information on respondents includes household composition, political orientation, education, age, sex, race, and religious preference.

CBS News, and The New York Times. CBS News/New York Times Teenage Problems Poll, May 1994    . Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2000-06-21.

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(1) ICPSR created a codebook appendix to clarify codes for some standard variables. (2) A weight variable has been included and must be used for any analysis. (3) The codebook is provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

A variation of random-digit dialing using primary sampling units (PSUs) was employed, consisting of blocks of 100 telephone numbers identical through the eighth digit and stratified by geographic region, area code, and size of place. Within households, respondents were selected using a method developed by Leslie Kish and modified by Charles Backstrom and Gerald Hursh (see Backstrom and Hursh, SURVEY RESEARCH [Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1963]).

Population of the United States aged 13-18 years and having telephones at home.

telephone interviews

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2000-06-21 The variable "first name" was removed to further ensure the privacy of respondents.

1998-01-14 ICPSR created an appendix to the codebook to clarify codes for many of the standard demographic variables.


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