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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort


Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 1979 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 12,686  
Estimated Current Sample Size  
Age at Recruitment 14-22   
Gender Male and Female 

The NLSY 1979 Cohort is a longitudinal project that follows the lives of 12,686 American youth born between 1957 and 1964. The study was intended to be representative of United States residents, both male and female. It observes the life-course experiences of young adults who were finishing their schooling and were making decisions about education and training, entering the labour market, military service, marriage, and having families. Cohort members are now in their 50s and survey content has turned to age-appropriate topics including health and retirement expectations.

Yearly personal interviews were conducted from 1979 – 1986. In 1987, a telephone interview was conducted. Personal interviews resumed in 1988 and continued yearly until 1994. Since 1994, NLSY79 participants have been interviewed in even-numbered years.

Country USA 
Contact details
Institution name The Ohio State University 
Principal Investiator (PI) Dr Deborah Carr 
Contact email [email protected]; PI email: [email protected] 
Contact phone number (614) 442-7362 
Address CHRR at The Ohio State University
921 Chatham Ln Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43221 
Funders (Core support) National Longitudinal Surveys – U.S Bureau of Labour Statistics 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: N/A
Funtional rating: Individual psychological
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Weight
Physical: Cardiovascular, Hearing and Vision, Reproductive, Respiratory
Biological samples: N/A
Genotyping: N/A
Brain imaging: N/A
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Dietary habits, Physical activity, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Ethnic group, Family circumstances, Housing and accommodation, Income and finances, Martial status, Occupation and employment
Health service utilisation: N/A
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