National Youth Survey [United States]: Wave III, 1978 (ICPSR 8506)

Alternate Title:   NYS 1978

Principal Investigator(s): Elliott, Delbert S., University of Colorado. Institute of Behavioral Science


Youth data for the third wave of the National Youth Survey are contained in this data collection, which includes data for youth interviewed in 1979 about events and behavior of the preceding year. The first wave of this study was conducted in 1976 (ICPSR 8375) and the second wave in 1977 (ICPSR 8424). Data were collected on the demographic and socioeconomic status of respondents, disruptive events in the home, youth aspirations, expectations for future goals, social isolation, normlessness, labeling, perceived disapproval, attitudes toward deviance, exposure and commitment to delinquent peers, sex roles, attitudes toward sexual assault, interpersonal violence, pressure for substance abuse by peers, exposure to substance abuse by parents, self-reported delinquency, and drug and alcohol use.

Series: National Youth Survey (NYS) Series

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Study Description


Elliott, Delbert S. National Youth Survey [United States]: Wave III, 1978. ICPSR08506-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-09-10.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health (MH27552)
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (78-JN-AX-0003)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aspirations, behavior problems, career goals, community involvement, delinquent behavior, depression (psychology), deviance, drugs, expectations, family conflict, family relations, health services utilization, life events, neighborhood conditions, parental attitudes, parents, peer influence, sexual behavior, social attitudes, social behavior, social isolation, social values, socioeconomic status, spouse abuse, substance abuse, teenage pregnancies, tobacco use, victimization, young adults, youths

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1978

Date of Collection:   

  • 1978

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Youth in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Two different schedules were used with two separate subsamples. These schedules are similar except for the sections on drug use, and data from both these schedules have been integrated into a single coding frame. Question numbers with an asterisk (*) were used only in the National Institute of Mental Health interviews, and question numbers with a numeric sign (#) were used only in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention interview schedule.

Produced by the University of Colorado, Behavioral Research Institute at Boulder, CO.


Sample:    National sample of the American youth population selected by area probability sampling.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Restrictions: Users are reminded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services that these data are to be used solely for statistical analysis and reporting of aggregated information and not for the investigation of specific individuals or treatment facilities.


Original ICPSR Release:   1986-08-18

Version History:

  • 2008-09-10 New files were added. These files included one or more of the following: Stata setup, SAS transport (CPORT), SPSS system, Stata system, SAS supplemental syntax, and Stata supplemental syntax files, and a tab-delimited ASCII data file. Some other minor edits were made to improve the data and documentation.

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