National Survey of Youth in Custody Alternate, Supplemental Survey on Drug and Alcohol Use, [United States], 2008-2009, 2012 (ICPSR 37025)
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United States. Bureau of Justice Statistics
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The National Survey of Youth in Custody (NSYC) is part of the BJS National Prison Rape Statistics Program to gather mandated data on the incidence of prevalence of sexual assault in juvenile facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79). The Act requires a 10 percent sample of juvenile facilities to be listed by incidence of sexual assault. Data are collected directly from youth in a private setting using audio computer-assisted self interview (ACASI) technology with a touch-screen laptop and an audio feed to maximize inmate confidentiality and minimize literacy issues. The first year of collection includes nearly 200 juvenile facilities, with an estimated 10,000 completed interviews with youth.
The National Survey of Youth in Custody Alternate (NSYC-A) is a supplement to NSYC that collected information on drug and alcohol use by youth in juvenile facilities. The survey was divided into six sections. Section A collected background information, such as age, gender, education level, and whether respondent had stayed overnight in a facility or had forced sexual contact prior to current incarceration. Section B, Facility Perceptions and Victimization, is not included in this dataset. Section C, Drug Use, included whether the respondent had ever used specific types of drugs, frequency of use in the past and immediately before being taken into custody, source of drugs, and symptoms of drug abuse and dependence. Section D, Alcohol Use, captured alcohol dependence and abuse symptoms. Section E, Treatment, focused on drug or alcohol treatment programs respondent had attended prior to being taken into custody. Section F, Family and Peer Background is not included in this dataset.
Other items include weights variables and derived variables regarding DSM IV drug dependence symptoms, alcohol and drug use/dependence/abuse status, outliers/illogical responses, and categorized demographic variables.
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Access to these BJS-sponsored data is restricted. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete a NACJD Restricted Data Use Agreement available from the ResearchDataGov website, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research.
Restricted Data Use Agreements available on the NACJD website are provided for reference only. Please visit the ResearchDataGov website to download the appropriate Restricted Data Use Agreement and submit your request. Once approved, data access will be provided via ICPSR's Physical Data Enclave (PDE) in Ann Arbor, MI.
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- This collection contains supplemental data on drug and alcohol use for the National Survey of Youth in Custody 2008-2009 and 2012 (NSYC-1 and NSYC-2). To access NSYC-1 and NSYC-2, please see ICPSR 33942 and ICPSR 35039.
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The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-79) requires the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) to carry out a comprehensive statistical review and analysis of the incidence and effects of prison rape for each calendar year. The National Survey of Youth in Custody Alternate provides supplemental information on drug and alcohol use among youth in juvenile facilities.
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Part 1 contains the supplemental survey on drug and alcohol use for both National Survey of Youth in Custody, 2008-2009 (NSYC-1) and National Survey of Youth in Custody, 2012 (NSYC-2).
Youth were assigned to complete either (1) the sexual assault survey (NSYC-1 and NSYC-2) or (2) the alternative drug and alcohol survey (NSYC-A). All youth who were assigned to the drug and alcohol questionnaire (approximately 10 percent of the NSYC sample) were given 30 minutes to complete the survey, while youth assigned to the sexual assault questionnaire were asked questions from the drug and alcohol questionnaire if they completed the sexual assault survey in less than 30 minutes.
NSYC-1 and NSYC-2 cases selected for NSYC-A: 2061 observations.
NSYC-1 and NSYC-2 cases selected for NSYC but received NSYC-A questions to pad their time: 15,037 observations.
The replicate weights present in NSYC-A are a combination of the NSYC1 and NSYC2 weights.
Part 2 contains the adjustment factors that are needed to compute standard errors when using the combined NSYC-1 and NSYC-2 file. This contains a record for each of the replicate weights for both NSYC-1 and NSYC-2 (94 for NSYC-1 and 100 for NSYC-2 = 194 total).
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This study was the result of an alternate survey given to respondents in the National Survey of Youth in Custody, 2008-2009 (NSYC-1) and National Survey of Youth in Custody, 2012 (NSYC-2). For sampling information on these studies, please see ICPSR 33942 and ICPSR 35039.
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All adjudicated youth residing in facilities owned or operated by a state juvenile correctional authority and all state-adjudicated youth held under contract in locally or privately operated juvenile facilities. The universe was restricted to facilities that housed youth for at least 90 days, held at least 25 percent adjudicated youth, and held at least 10 adjudicated youth at the time of the survey. These restrictions were imposed to allow sufficient time to obtain consent from the parent or guardian.
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2018-09-10 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.
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The weights were created so the user can combine the data from the sample that was routed directly to the drug and alcohol section (NSYCA) and those that received these items once they completed the sexual assault portion of the interview (NSYC). Appendices A and B provide a description of how these weights were developed.
There are three sets of weights to analyze these data. The use of a particular set of weights depends on which variables are being analyzed:
- ACWGT0, ACWGT1- ACWGT194 - These are the weights to be used when analyzing questions from section AC (Drug use). ACWGT0 is the weight for everyone in the sample. ACWGT1 - ACWGT194 are the replicate weights to be used to compute standard errors and conduct significance tests.
- ADWGT0, ADWGT1- ADWGT194 - These are the weights to be used when analyzing questions from section AD (Alcohol use). ADWGT0 is the weight for everyone in the sample. ADWGT1 - ADWGT194 are the replicate weights to be used to compute standard errors and conduct significance tests.
- AEWGT0, AEWGT1 - AEWGT194- These are the weights to be used when analyzing questions from section AE (Treatment). AEWGT0 is the weight for everyone in the sample. AEWGT1 - AEWGT194 are the replicate weights to be used to compute standard errors and conduct significance tests.
These weights can be used with most statistical software packages, including SAS, WesVar, SUDAAN, and STATA, or they can be incorporated into user-written custom software. To compute the standard errors, the combined adjustment factor file (da37025-0002.sav) is needed.
There is another set of weights if analysis is restricted to those youths who were originally sampled for the Alcohol and Drug section. Since these youths received all sections of the alcohol and drug questionnaire, there is only one set of weights. These weights are:
- C6WGT0, C6WGT1- C6WGT194. C6WGT0 is the weight for everyone in this sample. C6WGT1-C6WGT194 are the replicate weights to be used to compute standard errors and conduct significance tests.
For additional information on weights and how they were computed, please see the documentation.Hide
The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.