Year 15 Data Now Available

Friday, Jan 12, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the data from our sixth wave of data collection, the Year 15 follow-up wave, are now available for download through the OPR Data Archive!

Data collection for the Year 15 follow-up wave began in February 2014, around the focal child’s fifteenth birthday, and continued through March 2017. Data collection rolled out in four waves, and includes primary caregiver interviews, teen interviews and home visits.

The aims of this wave of data collection are to update information on children’s health and development; collect new data on health and health risk behavior, school performance, and anti- and pro-social behavior; and to update information on contextual factors, including families, neighborhoods, schools and peers, including retrospective data on family experiences since the last interview.

Primary Caregiver Interview1-Hour Telephone Survey

This survey contains a short section to confirm the primary caregiver’s (PCG) relationship to the child and the amount of time living with the child (Section A), and collects information on the teen's health and behavior (Section B) and education (Section C), family life and parenting (Section D), household structure and family relationships (Section E), non-residential biological fathers (Section F), co-residential biological father or partner (Section G), PCG health and behavior (Section H), social environment and informal support (Section I), housing and programs (Section J), and parent’s education, employment and income (Section K).

Teen Interview: 1-Hour Telephone Survey

This survey contains a short series of confirmation questions about the youth’s living arrangement and introduction (Section A), and collects information on the focal teen’s education (Section B), family relationships (Section C), neighborhood (Section D), health and health behavior (Section E).  This survey contains questions used in other national longitudinal studies, including the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (ADD HEALTH), National Longitudinal Study of Youth (NLSY), and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). 

In-Home Survey

During Home Visits, interviewers took physical measurements of the teen’s height, weight and waist circumference. The Martin and Massey New Immigrant Survey Skin Color Scale was completed through interviewer observation of the teen. Additionally, at the end of the home visit, the interviewer completed observations of the neighborhood, home, teen’s appearance and behavior, primary caregiver's behavior, and interactions with the interviewer and teen.

For more information, see the Year 15 Data and Documentation page. You may also download the data now through the OPR Data Archive.