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Constructed Variables

Researcher constructed variables are available to contract holders by request.  To obtain the following constructed variables please fill out the applicable order form below.

Wave I - II: Family Structure Array

Family Structure Array Order Form

Nineteen constructed family structure array variables are available for Add Health respondents (Wave I or II) from birth to age at latest adolescent follow-up, with a maximum age of 18 years old (n = 20,745). The family structure array variables can be used to construct measures such as the number of family structure changes experienced from birth to a given age (family instability), or the amount of time spent in different family structures. The Family Structure Array codebook provides more details.

The following citation should be used for papers and publications using this data: Gaydosh, L. & Harris, K.M. 2018. Family Instability and Young Adult Health. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 59(2).

Family Structure

Family Structure Order Form

This file contains four variables, utilizing five, seven, eight, and fourteen categories, to describe the household parental structure at Wave I.  The Family Structure codebook provides additional details.

The following citation should be used for papers and publications using this data: Harris, K. M. 1999. The Health Status and Risk Behavior of Adolescents in Immigrant Families. In Hernandez, D.J. (Ed.), Children of Immigrants: Health, Adjustment, and Public Assistance (pp. 286-347). Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.

Race

Race Order Form

Included in this file are a single race variable and a multiracial variable constructed from the Wave I race questions.  The Race codebook describes the construction of these two variables.

The following citation should be used for papers and publications using this data: Udry, J.R., Li, R.M., & Hendrickson-Smith, J. 2003. Health and Behavior Risks of Adolescents with Mixed-Race Identity. American Journal of Public Health, 93(11), 1865-1870.