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National Survey of Youth, 1967

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Gold, Martin (University of Michigan. Survey Research Center)
  • Williams, Jay R. (University of Michigan. Survey Research Center)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
crime; delinquent behavior; family background; juvenile crime; school attendance; self concept; social attitudes; social interaction; socialization; youths
  • Abstract

    This study contains data that measure the frequency and seriousness of delinquent activities among American youths aged 13-16 in 1967. Respondents were asked to indicate which of 16 offenses they had committed in the previous three years and were then asked detailed follow-up questions about the circumstances of each offense that they reported. Respondents' reports of delinquency were then checked against the official delinquency records. Respondents were also asked about their attitudes toward school, school grades, peer group activities, job aspirations, dating habits, and self-perception. Also elicited was information about respondents' family characteristics, such as relationship with their parents, parents' education, job history, and family size. Demographic variables specify sex, date of birth, race, education, nationality, and religion. The study contains two data files. The individual respondent is the unit of analysis in the Main File (Part 1), and the offense is the unit of analysis in the Offenses File (Part 2).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Main File
    • DS2: Offenses File
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1967
  • Collection date: 1967
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
A total of 847 American youths in 1967.
Collection Mode
  • Potential users of the National Survey of Youth datasets are advised to contact the original principal investigator, Dr. Martin Gold of the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, about their intended uses of the data.

2006-03-30 File CB3509.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads.2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.2003-10-17 The data were converted from card image to logical record length format, and the documentation and SAS and SPSS data definition statements were updated to reflect the new format.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3509 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03509.v1
  • Warr, Mark. Organization and instigation in delinquent groups. Criminology.34, (1), 11-37.1996.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.1996.tb01193.x (DOI)
  • Plotnick, Robert D., Butler, Sandra S.. Attitudes and adolescent nonmarital childbearing: Evidence from the National Survey of Youth. Journal of Adolescent Research.6, (2), 470-492.1991.
    • ID: 10.1177/074355489164007 (DOI)
  • Seydlitz, Ruth. The effects of age and gender on parental control and delinquency. Youth and Society.23, (2), 175-201.1991.
    • ID: 10.1177/0044118X91023002002 (DOI)
  • Smith, Douglas A., Visher, Christy A.. Sex and involvement in deviance/crime: A quantitative review of the empirical literature. American Sociological Review.45, (4), 691-701.1980.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Faine, John R.. A Multidimensional Approach to Understanding Varieties of Delinquent Behavior. Dissertation, University of Iowa. 1974.
  • Gold, Martin, Reimer, David J.. Changing Patterns of Delinquent Behavior Among Americans 13 to 16 Years Old 1967-1972. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. 1974.
  • Gold, Martin, Mann, David. Delinquency as defense. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.42, (3), 463-479.1972.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1972.tb02513.x (DOI)
  • Williams, Jay R., Gold, Martin. From delinquent behavior to official delinquency. Social Problems.20, (2), 209-229.1972.
    • ID: 10.1525/sp.1972.20.2.03a00070 (DOI)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Gold, Martin; Williams, Jay R. (1984): National Survey of Youth, 1967. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.