National Youth Survey [United States]: Wave VII, 1987 (ICPSR 6542)

Alternate Title:   NYS 1987

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


Youth data for the seventh wave of the National Youth Survey are contained in this collection. This research project, designed to gain a better understanding of both conventional and deviant types of behavior by youths, involved collecting information from a representative sample of young people in the United States. The first wave of this survey was conducted in 1976 (ICPSR 8375), the second in 1977 (ICPSR 8424), the third in 1978 (ICPSR 8506), the fourth in 1979 (ICPSR 8917), the fifth in 1980 (ICPSR 9112), and the sixth in 1983 (ICPSR 9948). For this wave, young adults were interviewed in early 1987 about events and behavior occurring in calendar year 1986, when they were 20 to 29 years of age. Data are available on the demographic and socioeconomic status of respondents, parents and friends, neighborhood problems, education, employment, skills, aspirations, encouragement, normlessness, attitudes toward deviance, exposure to delinquent peers, self-reported depression, delinquency, drug and alcohol use, victimization, pregnancy, abortion, use of mental health and outpatient services, violence by respondent and acquaintances, use of controlled drugs, and sexual activity.

Series: National Youth Survey (NYS) Series

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Study Description


Elliott, Delbert S. National Youth Survey [United States]: Wave VII, 1987. ICPSR06542-v3. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-04-01.

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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 (MH41761, 82-IJ-CX-0011, and 83-IJ-CX-0063)
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice

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, victimization, young adults, youths

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987

Date of Collection:   

  • 1987

Universe:    Youths in the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Variable names are preceded by the code "Y7" to indicate seventh-wave data.

Missing data are coded blank, and "Don't know" responses are coded blank unless otherwise indicated.

There are undocumented codes present in the data.


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

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

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:

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


Original ICPSR Release:   1996-05-14

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