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Experiences and Plans of Young Adults, 1973-1978 [United States] (ICPSR 8074)

Principal Investigator(s): Dresch, Stephen P.


This collection is a longitudinal study of a national sample of young people. The respondents were originally observed as high school juniors in 1973 by the American College Testing Program. The first follow-up by the Institute for Demographic and Economic Studies (IDES) took place in 1976 and the second IDES follow-up study was conducted in 1978-1979. The original study was concerned with the amount of information young people had about specific job characteristics and career planning activities. The two follow-up studies collected information on current living situation, work, education, military experience, activities since high school, demographic information, and future plans.

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Study Description


Dresch, Stephen P. EXPERIENCES AND PLANS OF YOUNG ADULTS, 1973-1978 [UNITED STATES]. New Haven, CT: Institute for Demographic and Economic Studies [producer], 197?. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08074.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08074.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aspirations, career expectations, career goals, career guidance, career planning, educational background, educational objectives, expectations, family, high school students, job history, job satisfaction, job training, life events, life plans, occupational mobility, occupations, quality of life, training, young adults

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1973--1978

Universe:    Young persons in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Columns 1-1,074 contain data from the original survey. Columns 1,075-2,110 contain information from the first follow-up survey. Columns 2,111-2,304 contain additional information generated by the first follow-up survey. Columns 2,305-3,506 contain data from the second follow-up survey, and columns 3,507-3,590 contain information additional information generated by the second follow-up survey.


Sample:    The original wave was comprised of 9,296 high school juniors. The first follow-up included 5,293 respondents and the second follow-up included 3,615.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires and mailback questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-13

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