The Long Term Impact of Adolescent Risky Behaviors and Family Environment. Description of Variables


This section describes the creation of variables used in the analysis of this report. We group the variables into four categories: adult outcome variables, youth risky behavior variables, family environment variables, and other explanatory variables of adult outcomes.

Because of the longitudinal nature of the data, many variables were constructed using multiple waves of data from the NLSY79. Means and sample sizes for each variable used in the analysis are presented at the end of this section.