Maintained/created by: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Geographic unit of data: U.S. national
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Users can download or order data regarding adolescent health and well-being and the factors that influence the adolescent transition into adulthood.
The Add Health Study, conducted by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, began during the 1994-1995 school year with a nationally representative sample of students in grades 7-12. The cohort has been followed into adulthood. Participants’ social, physical, economic and psychological information is ascertained within the contexts of their family, neighborhood, school, peer groups, friendships and romantic relationships. The original purpose of the study was to understand factors that may influence adolescent behaviors, but as the study has continued, it was evolved to gather information on the factors related to the transition into adulthood.
Users can download or order the CD-Rom of the public use data sets (which include only a subset of the sample). To do so, users must generate a free log in with Data Sharing for Demographic Research, which is part of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, or users must contact Sociometrics. Links to both data warehouses are provided. The study began in 1994; respondents were followed up with in 1996, 2001-2002, and 2007-2008. In addition to the cohort members, parents, siblings, fellow students, school administrators, and romantic partners are also interviewed.