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Experiences and Plans of Young Adults, 1973-1978 [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Dresch, Stephen P.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
aspirations; career expectations; career goals; career guidance; career planning; educational background; educational objectives; expectations; family; high school students; job history; job satisfaction; job training; life events; life plans; occupational mobility; occupations; quality of life; training; young adults
  • Abstract

    This collection is a longitudinal study of a national sample of young people. The respondents were originally observed as high school juniors in 1973 by the American College Testing Program. The first follow-up by the Institute for Demographic and Economic Studies (IDES) took place in 1976 and the second IDES follow-up study was conducted in 1978-1979. The original study was concerned with the amount of information young people had about specific job characteristics and career planning activities. The two follow-up studies collected information on current living situation, work, education, military experience, activities since high school, demographic information, and future plans.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1973 / 1978
    Time period: 1973--1978
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Young persons in the United States.
The original wave was comprised of 9,296 high school juniors. The first follow-up included 5,293 respondents and the second follow-up included 3,615.
Collection Mode
  • Columns 1-1,074 contain data from the original survey. Columns 1,075-2,110 contain information from the first follow-up survey. Columns 2,111-2,304 contain additional information generated by the first follow-up survey. Columns 2,305-3,506 contain data from the second follow-up survey, and columns 3,507-3,590 contain information additional information generated by the second follow-up survey.

This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8074 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Bayless, D.L., et al. Considerations and Procedures in National Norming: an Illustration Using the ACT Assessmnt of Career Development and ACT Career Planning Program, Grades 8-11. ACT Research Report.65, Iowa City: Research and Development Division, American College Testing Program. 1974.

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

Dresch, Stephen P. (1984): Experiences and Plans of Young Adults, 1973-1978 [United States]. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.