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High School Seniors Cohort Study, 1965 and 1973

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data, survey data
  • Jennings, M. Kent (University of Michigan. Center for Political Studies)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Youth Studies Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Danforth Foundation
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
academic achievement; adolescents; career goals; citizenship; high school students; high schools; peer groups; personality; political attitudes; political behavior; political corruption; political partisanship; political socialization; public policy; social problems; social attitudes; social behavior; social change; social studies; student attitudes; tolerance; trust in government
  • Abstract

    This data collection contains information gathered from questionnaires administered to high school seniors on two separate occasions. Part 1 contains data gathered in 1965 in order to provide information about the social and political climate of the peer groups and the entire senior classes of the student interviewees who were the subjects of the STUDENT-PARENT SOCIALIZATION STUDY, 1965 (ICPSR 7286). Part 2 contains similar data gathered in 1973 to provide a trend line and to cover slightly different topics. The schools used were defined by the 97 included in the socialization study, in which all members of the senior class were potential respondents. In the cohort study, several key political measures (especially trust, efficacy, tolerance, cosmopolitanism, salience, and partisanship) and personal measures were developed paralleling those used in the socialization study. Data include respondent's attitudes toward politics, things the respondent was least proud of (e.g., discrimination against minorities or dirty politics in government), concept of a good citizen, faith in government, political interest, attitudes toward federal government, party identification, academic courses, interest in public affairs, attitudes toward school and students, school activities, respondent's personality, academic background and plans, occupational plans, and family background. The 1965 and 1973 interviews differed in some respects: Part 1 included more attention to the social studies curriculum and the social climate, and Part 2 devoted more attention to political data and ethnic and racial composition. Additional information about the schools attended by the students was collected from school officials through a school characteristics form, e.g., percentages of various ethnic groups making up the student population, percentage of graduating seniors entering college, and whether the school had a formal social studies curriculum guide. These data are located at the end of each file.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1965
    • DS2: 1973
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1965
  • Time period: 1973
  • Collection date: 1965
  • Collection date: 1973
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
High school seniors in the United States.
The number of cooperating schools was 77 in 1965 and 85 in 1973. The number of respondents in the 1965 study was 20,682 (85 percent response rate) and 16,929 respondents in 1973 (approximately 80 percent response rate). The weighted data provide a sample that can be considered a nationally representative sample of high school seniors based on population distributions as of the mid-1960s.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7575 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Shani, Danielle. On The Origins of Political Interest. Dissertation, Princeton University. 2009.
  • Beck, Paul Allen, Bruner, Jere W., Dobson, L. Douglas. Political Socialization Across the Generations. Washington, DC: American Political Science Association. 1975.
  • Jennings, M. Kent. An Aggregate Analysis of Home and School Effects on Political Socialization. Social Science Quarterly.55, (2), 394-410.1974.
  • Sebert, Suzanne Koprince, Jennings, M. Kent, Niemi, Richard G.. The political texture of peer groups. The Political Character of Adolescence: The Influence of Families and Schools.Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. 1974.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Jennings, M. Kent (1984): High School Seniors Cohort Study, 1965 and 1973. Version 1. Youth Studies Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.