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User Guides and Documentation

Add Health staff have written detailed guides to assist analysts with understanding the data and performing unbiased analyses. They are available here.

The Add Health Study: Design and Accomplishments
by Kathleen Mullan Harris
22 pages, updated 2013

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) Twin Data
by Kathleen Mullan Harris, Carolyn Tucker Halpern, Andrew Smolen, and Brett C. Haberstick
10 pages

Grand Sample Weights
by  Roger Tourangeau and Hee-Choon Shin
25 pages

Guidelines for Analyzing Add Health Data
by Ping Chen and Kim Chantala
53 pages

Constructing Weights to Use in Analyzing Pairs of Individuals from Add Health Data
by Kim Chantala
21 pages

Biomarkers in Wave III of the Add Health Study
by the Add Health Biomarker Team
57 pages

Predictors of Nonresponse in a Longitudinal Survey of Adolescents
by William D. Kalsbeek, Juan Yang, and Robert P. Agans
6 pages

Effects of Nonresponse on the Mean Squared Error of Estimates from a Longitudinal Study
by William D. Kalsbeek, Carolyn B. Morris, and Benjamin J. Vaughn
6 pages

Non-Response in Wave III of the Add Health Study
by Kim Chantala, William D. Kalsbeek, and Eugenio Andraca
17 pages

Non-Response in Wave IV of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
by Naomi Brownstein, William D. Kalsbeek, Joyce Tabor, Pamela Entzel, Eric Daza, and Kathleen Mullan Harris
22 pages

Add Health Wave IV Documentation: Cardiovascular and Anthropometric Measures
by Pamela Entzel, Eric A. Whitsel, Andrea Richardson, Joyce Tabor, Suzanne Hallquist, Jon Hussey, Carolyn T. Halpern, and Kathleen Mullan Harris
16 pages

Add Health Wave IV Documentation: Cardiovascular Measures Appendix I: Baroreflex Sensitivity & Hemodynamic Recovery
by Carmen Cuthbertson, Eric A. Whitsel, Chirayath M. Suchindran, Ping Chen, Mariah M. Cheng, Redford Williams, Joyce W. Tabor, Ley A. Killeya-Jones, Jon M. Hussey, Carolyn T. Halpern, and Kathleen Mullan Harris
5 pages

Blood Pressure Monitor Calibration Form and Protocol
by Eric A. Whitsel, Joyce Tabor, Janne Groner, and Carolyn Schuft
4 pages

Add Health Field Interviewer Verification Script
by RTI International
10 pages

Add Health Wave IV Pretest Cortisol Instructions
1 page

Add Health Wave IV Pretest Cortisol Checklists
5 pages

Add Health Wave IV Pretest Cortisol Materials
1 page

Add Health Wave IV Documentation: Prescription Medication Use
by Joyce Tabor and Eric A. Whitsel
11 pages

Add Health Wave IV Documentation: Measures of Glucose Homeostasis
by Eric A. Whitsel, Joyce W. Tabor, Quynh C. Nguyen, Carmen C. Cuthbertson, Mark H. Wener, Alan J. Potter, Ley A. Killeya-Jones, and Kathleen Mullan Harris
16 pages

Add Health Wave IV Documentation: Candidate Genes
by Andrew Smolen, Eric A. Whitsel, Joyce Tabor, Ley A. Killeya-Jones, Carmen C. Cuthbertson, Jon M. Hussey, Carolyn T. Halpern, Kathleen Mullan Harris
17 pages, updated 2013

Simple Sequence Repeats in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health: An Ethnically Diverse Resource for Genetic Analysis of Health and Behavior
by Brett C. Haberstick, Andrew Smolen, Gary L. Stetler, Joyce W. Tabor, Taylor Roy, H. Rick Casey, Alicia Pardo, Forest Roy, Lauren A. Ryals, Christina Hewitt, Eric A. Whitsel, Carolyn T. Halpern, Ley A. Killeya-Jones, Jeffrey M. Lessem, John K. Hewitt, Kathleen Mullan Harris
Behavior Genetics 2014

Psychometric Properties of the Mini-IPIP in a Large, Nationally Representative Sample of Young Adults
by Ruth E. Baldasaro, Michael J. Shanahan, and Daniel J. Bauer

Add Health Wave IV Documentation: Measures of Inflammation and Immune Function
by Eric A. Whitsel, Carmen C. Cuthbertson, Joyce W. Tabor, Alan J. Potter, Mark H. Wener, Ley A. Killeya-Jones, and Kathleen Mullan Harris
15 pages

Add Health Wave IV Documentation: Lipids
by Eric A. Whitsel, Carmen C. Cuthbertson, Joyce W. Tabor, Alan J. Potter, Mark H. Wener, Patric A. Clapshaw, Ley A. Killeya-Jones, Carolyn T. Halpern, and Kathleen Mullan Harris
23 pages