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User Guides and Documentation

Add Health staff have written the following detailed guides to assist analysts with understanding the data and performing unbiased analyses.

General

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

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

Social, Behavioral, and Genetic Linkages from Adolescence into Adulthood
by Kathleen Mullan Harris, Carolyn Tucker Halpern, Jon Hussey, Eric A. Whitsel, Ley Killeya-Jones, Joyce Tabor, Glen Elder, John Hewitt, Michael Shanahan,  Redford Williams, Ilene Siegler, and Andrew Smolen
8 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

The reliability of in-home measures of height and weight in large cohort studies: Evidence from Add Health
by Jon Hussey, Quynh c. Nguyen, Eric A. Whitsel, Liana J. Richardson, Carolyn T. Halpern, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Joyce W. Tabor, Pamela P. Entzel, and Kathleen Mullan Harris
20 pages

Biomarkers in Wave III of the Add Health Study
by the Add Health Biomarker Team
57 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
20 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

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

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: 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: Prescription Medication Use
by Joyce Tabor and Eric A. Whitsel 
11 pages

Add Health Wave IV Documentation: Pretest Cortisol Instructions, Checklists, and Materials
7 pages

Genetics

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

Quality Control Analysis of Add Health GWAS Data
by Heather M. Highland, Christy L. Avery, Qing Duan, Yun Li, Kathleen Mullan Harris
18 pages

Polygenic Scores (PGSs) in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) - Release 1
by David B. Braudt and Kathleen Mullan Harris
72 pages

Non-Response

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

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

Methodology Presentations: 2018 Add Health Users Conference

Overview of Add Health and Add Health Parent Study
Overview of Add Health for New Data Users
by Kathleen Mullan Harris

Adding Parents to Add Health to Study Aging Processes & Intergenerational Linkages
by V. Joseph Hotz

Overview of Ancillary Study Applications
Adding Supplemental Data to Add Health
by Robert A. Hummer

An Example
by Taylor W. Hargrove

Add Health Genetic Data and Genome-Wide Association Study
Polygenic Scores in Add Health
by David B. Braudt

Introduction to GWAS Data
by Robbee Wedow

Additional Presentations
Add Health Relationship and Fertility Data
by Bianka Reese

Appropriate Analysis in Add Health - Correcting for Design Effects and Selecting Weights
by Ping Chen

Add Health Wave V Biological Data and Vital Events
by Nancy Dole, Jon Hussey, Eric Whitsel

Other

Have Mischievous Responders Misidentified Sexual Minority Youth Disparities in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health?
by Jessica N. Fish and Stephen T. Russell
Archives of Sexual Behavior 
2017

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