National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79)

Family Structure Snapshot


Waves 1-23 of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 is a national sample of over 12,600 youth (aged 14-22 in 1979) followed annually through 1994 and biennially from 1996-2008. This data source provides multiple measures related to family structure such as current living arrangements and relationships, relationship history, and family background—including a retrospective account of respondents’ childhood living arrangements from birth to age 18. Additionally, cross-round (XRND) variables are available providing key relationship variables (e.g., number of spouses and partners, age at first marriage) and fertility variables (e.g., birth date of biological children, residence of biological children) across waves regardless of respondents current survey participation (information is based on last valid report given by respondent).

Suggested Citation:
National Center for Family & Marriage Research. Measures Snapshots: Name of Data Set.
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