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Creating a Lifecourse Panel From Birth to Early Adulthood

a PSC Research Project

Investigators:   Narayan Sastry, Katherine A. McGonagle, Frank P. Stafford, Robert F. Schoeni

The PSID is a longitudinal survey of a nationally representative sample of U.S. families that began in 1968. With 35 waves of data collected on the same families and their descendents as of 2007, the PSID is recognized as a part of the data infrastructure for empirically based social science research in the U.S. Information on children within the PSID families was narrowly defined until 1997, when extensive data on all PSID children between ages 0-12 began to be collected. This project, funded by NICHD, was called the Child Development Supplement (CDS-I). A second wave of CDS was collected on these same children in 2002 when they were 5-18 years old (CDS-II); a third wave is now being collected (2007/08) on all the CDS children aged 10-18 who are still in primary or secondary school.



It was always intended that the CDS sample would become part of the PSID core sample once they became family heads or spouses of their own families. When the PSID was originally designed in 1968, most individuals became new heads or wives and thus received the full interview in their early 20’s or late teens. This is no longer the case today. To capture the full process of development through childhood and into early adulthood, we began the Transition to Adulthood (TA) project in 2005 as the oldest CDS participants graduated from high school, thus bridging the content of the CDS questionnaires and the PSID questionnaires.



In this proposal resubmission, we plan to:

• Collect 60 minutes of information in 2009 from all CDS youth who have turned 18 by the time of data collection;

• Collect 60 minutes of information again in 2011 from all CDS youth who have turned 18 by the time of data collection;

• Document and distribute these data in PSID-CDS web-based Data Center archive; and

• Develop an interdisciplinary network of researchers to facilitate & promote the use of the combined CDS-TA archive.

Funding Period: 08/01/2009 to 06/30/2015

Country of Focus: USA

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