Survey On the Beliefs and Moral Values of America's Children, 1989

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All frequencies weighted by 166) WEIGHT
1) Case Identification Number (ID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL54232515.611451.67
2) Type of school respondent attends (SCHLTYPE)
TOTAL%
1) Public elementary school202237.3
2) Public junior high or middle school91516.9
3) Public senior high school203237.5
4) Private school1823.4
5) Parochial school2725
TOTAL5423100.0
3) Respondent's region of country (REGION2)
TOTAL%
1) East108119.9
2) South201237.1
3) Midwest134424.8
4) West98618.2
TOTAL5423100.0
4) Community size (URBAN)
TOTAL%
1) Central city of SMSA170331.4
2) Within SMSA but outside central city195736.1
3) Outside any SMSA176332.5
TOTAL5423100.0
5) School identification number (SCHLID)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL542393.4357.17
6) Questionnaire number (FORM)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL542320.5917.81
7) Compared to when your parents grew up, do you think growing up is harder, easier or about the same for you? (GROWUP)
TOTAL%
1) Harder264048.8
2) Easier155428.7
3) About the same88016.3
4) Don't know3376.2
Missing12 
TOTAL5411100.0
8) Compared to when your parents grew up, do you think there are more opportunities, fewer opportunities or about the same opportunities for young people in America? (OPPORT)
TOTAL%
1) More358466.6
2) Fewer88016.4
3) About the same55810.4
4) Don't know3596.7
Missing42 
TOTAL5381100.0
9) If you had to choose, who is the one famous person or celebrity alive today you admire most? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (See summary documentation for information on category labels.) (FAVSTAR)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL542347.1132.97
10) Here's a list of problems facing kids today. Which one of these problems do you worry about most for yourself? (PROBLEM)
TOTAL%
1) Lack of close friends3777.1
2) Lack of job opportunities2063.9
3) Lack of love and care from parents1853.5
4) Drug usage63912
5) Lack of moral standards, a clear sense of right or wrong1703.2
6) Alcohol abuse771.4
7) What to do with your life78614.7
8) Violence in schools1372.6
9) Teenage pregnancy2855.3
10) Physical abuse of kids1482.8
11) Violence in neighborhoods1502.8
12) Teenage suicide1382.6
13) The pressure to do well in school, sports, etc.112521.1
14) Not caring about the future961.8
15) Some other problem1933.6
16) Not sure63211.8
Missing79 
TOTAL5344100.0
11) How important a role do you feel the following can have in solving America's problems - Families? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (R1FAMS)
TOTAL%
1) Very important233369
2) Somewhat important67419.9
3) Only slightly important2256.7
4) Not important441.3
5) Not sure1043.1
Missing2043 
TOTAL3380100.0
12) How important a role do you feel the following can have in solving America's problems - The government? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (R2GOV)
TOTAL%
1) Very important180053.3
2) Somewhat important93627.7
3) Only slightly important3329.8
4) Not important1604.7
5) Not sure1494.4
Missing2046 
TOTAL3377100.0
13) How important a role do you feel the following can have in solving America's problems - Religious leaders and organizations? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (R3REL)
TOTAL%
1) Very important79023.4
2) Somewhat important119235.3
3) Only slightly important84224.9
4) Not important36810.9
5) Not sure1855.5
Missing2046 
TOTAL3377100.0
14) How important a role do you feel the following can have in solving America's problems - Scientists and inventors? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (R4SCI)
TOTAL%
1) Very important109932.6
2) Somewhat important114934.1
3) Only slightly important65419.4
4) Not important3189.4
5) Not sure1474.4
Missing2056 
TOTAL3367100.0
15) How important a role do you feel the following can have in solving America's problems - Teachers and educators? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (R5TEACH)
TOTAL%
1) Very important203060.3
2) Somewhat important87826.1
3) Only slightly important2467.3
4) Not important1093.2
5) Not sure1023
Missing2058 
TOTAL3365100.0
16) How important a role do you feel the following can have in solving America's problems - People who work in TV, newspapers and magazines? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (R6MEDIA)
TOTAL%
1) Very important54116
2) Somewhat important115734.2
3) Only slightly important100829.8
4) Not important50514.9
5) Not sure1695
Missing2043 
TOTAL3380100.0
17) How important a role do you feel the following can have in solving America's problems - Business people? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (R7BUS)
TOTAL%
1) Very important51815.4
2) Somewhat important118435.2
3) Only slightly important102230.3
4) Not important44513.2
5) Not sure1995.9
Missing2055 
TOTAL3368100.0
18) How important a role do you feel the following can have in solving America's problems - Neighborhood or community groups? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (R8COMMUN)
TOTAL%
1) Very important83824.8
2) Somewhat important123336.4
3) Only slightly important81023.9
4) Not important3109.2
5) Not sure1925.7
Missing2040 
TOTAL3383100.0
19) In the future, would you do the following because it is personally what you want to do, because it is the right thing to do, or would you probably not do it - Vote in every election? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (M1VOTE)
TOTAL%
1) It is personally what I would want to do.145843.1
2) It is the right thing to do.119235.2
3) I would probably not do it.41212.2
4) Don't know3229.5
Missing2039 
TOTAL3384100.0
20) In the future, would you do the following because it is personally what you want to do, because it is the right thing to do, or would you probably not do it - Give regularly to charity? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (M2GIVE)
TOTAL%
1) It is personally what I would want to do.101830.1
2) It is the right thing to do.116834.5
3) I would probably not do it.67319.9
4) Don't know52415.5
Missing2040 
TOTAL3383100.0
21) In the future, would you do the following because it is personally what you want to do, because it is the right thing to do, or would you probably not do it - Volunteer to serve your country for a year? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (M3VOL)
TOTAL%
1) It is personally what I would want to do.61718.3
2) It is the right thing to do.56216.6
3) I would probably not do it.174451.6
4) Don't know45613.5
Missing2044 
TOTAL3379100.0
22) In the future, would you do the following because it is personally what you want to do, because it is the right thing to do, or would you probably not do it - Express your opinion even if your opinion is not popular? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (M4VOICE)
TOTAL%
1) It is personally what I would want to do.173251.3
2) It is the right thing to do.73621.8
3) I would probably not do it.51315.2
4) Don't know39411.7
Missing2048 
TOTAL3375100.0
23) If our country were at war, would you be willing to fight under any condition, under some but not all conditions, or under no conditions? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (FIGHTWAR)
TOTAL%
1) Under any condition75222.2
2) Under some but not all conditions117034.5
3) Under no conditions64419
4) Don't know82624.4
Missing2031 
TOTAL3392100.0
24) In your view, the most important reason for helping people in your community is that it makes you feel good personally, it might help you get ahead, everyone has a responsibility to help others, or your religious and philosophical beliefs encourage you to? (WHYHELP)
TOTAL%
1) It makes you feel good personally.279351.7
2) It might help you get ahead.3736.9
3) Everyone has a responsibility to help others.108020
4) Your religious and philosophical beliefs encourage you to.4418.2
5) Some other reason1242.3
6) Don't know4247.8
7) Other1693.1
Missing19 
TOTAL5404100.0
25) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - To get good grades in school? (P1GRADES)
TOTAL%
1) A lot407375.5
2) Hardly at all116821.6
3) Don't know1552.9
Missing27 
TOTAL5396100.0
26) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - To take drugs? (P2DRUGS)
TOTAL%
1) A lot2544.8
2) Hardly at all418778.4
3) Don't know90016.9
Missing82 
TOTAL5341100.0
27) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - To be popular, to "fit in"? (P3FITIN)
TOTAL%
1) A lot182534.1
2) Hardly at all304156.9
3) Don't know4809
Missing77 
TOTAL5346100.0
28) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - To prepare for the future? (P4PREP)
TOTAL%
1) A lot339363.5
2) Hardly at all156329.2
3) Don't know3887.3
Missing79 
TOTAL5344100.0
29) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - To disobey parents and teachers? (P5DISOBY)
TOTAL%
1) A lot5099.6
2) Hardly at all408176.6
3) Don't know73713.8
Missing96 
TOTAL5327100.0
30) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - Not to take drugs? (P6NODRUG)
TOTAL%
1) A lot389572.9
2) Hardly at all120522.5
3) Don't know2464.6
Missing77 
TOTAL5346100.0
31) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - To smoke cigarettes? (P7SMOKE)
TOTAL%
1) A lot5289.9
2) Hardly at all402075.3
3) Don't know79214.8
Missing83 
TOTAL5340100.0
32) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - To drink alcohol? (P8DRINK)
TOTAL%
1) A lot71413.4
2) Hardly at all385672.3
3) Don't know76514.3
Missing88 
TOTAL5335100.0
33) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - To earn money? (P9EARN)
TOTAL%
1) A lot308057.6
2) Hardly at all197737
3) Don't know2935.5
Missing73 
TOTAL5350100.0
34) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - To obey parents and teachers? (P10OBEY)
TOTAL%
1) A lot410376.8
2) Hardly at all106419.9
3) Don't know1723.2
Missing84 
TOTAL5339100.0
35) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - To belong to a neighborhood gang? (P11GANG)
TOTAL%
1) A lot2294.3
2) Hardly at all416278.2
3) Don't know93317.5
Missing99 
TOTAL5324100.0
36) How much do your personally feel you are pushed to do the following - To have sex? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (P12SEX)
TOTAL%
1) A lot70720.7
2) Hardly at all231167.7
3) Don't know39511.6
Missing2010 
TOTAL3413100.0
37) Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - You sit down to take an important test. You know you don't know the answers to most of the questions because you haven't had enough time to study. There is a person sitting next to you who is very smart and well-prepared and you can see her answers. In this situation, would you probably try to copy her answers, glance at her test for ideas about the right answers, or answer the test as best you can by yourself? (D1CHEAT)
TOTAL%
1) Try to copy her answers61211.3
2) Once in a while glance at her test for ideas about the right answers183833.9
3) Answer the test as best you can by yourself, even if you won't do well264948.9
4) Don't know3165.8
Missing8 
TOTAL5415100.0
38) Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - You really want some money to go out with your friends, and you don't have any of your own. Yet there is money belonging to your parents in the kitchen drawer which they have told you not to use. Your parents are not home. In this situation, would you do without the money, try to reach your parents for their permission, or take the money without asking, hoping they won't notice? (D2STEAL)
TOTAL%
1) Do without the money142326.3
2) Try to reach your parents for their permission352065
3) Take the money without asking, hoping they won't notice2564.7
4) Don't know2164
Missing8 
TOTAL5415100.0
39) Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - Some school property has been destroyed. Your best friend brags to you that he did it. The school principal asks you if you know what happened. In this situation, would you deny that you know anything about it, deny it at first but later leave the principal an unsigned note telling who did it, or tell the principal who did it? (D3LIE)
TOTAL%
1) Deny that you know anything about it190335.2
2) Deny it at first, but later leave the principal an unsigned note telling who did it120422.2
3) Tell the principal who did it140826
4) Don't know89816.6
Missing10 
TOTAL5413100.0
40) Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - You are walking down the street near where you live, and you see a person you don't know who is very poor and has no home. That person asks you for some money. In this situation, would you tell him he ought to get a job, try to avoid him, give him a little money, or stop and talk to him about his problem? (D4HLPOOR)
TOTAL%
1) Tell him he ought to get a job5259.7
2) Try to avoid him157029
3) Give him a little money154228.5
4) Stop and talk to him about his problem91717
5) Don't know85415.8
Missing15 
TOTAL5408100.0
41) Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - You already have a regular after-school activity you've said you would do, but you learn that a student in your class has had a bad accident and cannot come to school for many months. The teacher asks you if you would be willing to give up your activity for two or three afternoons each week for those months to help that student with schoolwork. Would you go ahead with your own activity but feel badly about not helping, give up your activity so that you can help but only if your activity is not that important to you, give up your activity so you can help but only until you can find someone else to take your place, or help the student no matter what you have to give up? (D5HLPSTU)
TOTAL%
1) Go ahead with your own activity but feel badly about not helping4568.4
2) Give up your activity so that you can help, but only if your activity is not that important to you112020.7
3) Give up your activity so you can help, but only until you can find someone else to take your place115121.3
4) Help the student no matter what you have to give up201737.3
5) Don't know66712.3
Missing12 
TOTAL5411100.0
42) Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - You go to a party where some of your friends are drinking alcohol. Someone hands you a drink. In this situation, would you refuse the drink, take the glass but only pretend to drink it, drink with them but not feel great about it, or drink with them without worrying about it? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (D6ALCHOL)
TOTAL%
1) Refuse the drink157545.7
2) Take the glass but only pretend to drink it42912.5
3) Drink with them but not feel great about it3239.4
4) Drink with them without worrying about it87525.4
5) Don't know2417
Missing1980 
TOTAL3443100.0
43) Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - You are on your third date with a person of the opposite sex. You like each other very much. You would like to go beyond kissing, but you are not sure of just how far you should go. In this situation, would you be willing to go a lot beyond kissing, a little beyond kissing or not willing to go beyond kissing? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (D7PETTNG)
TOTAL%
1) Be willing to go a lot beyond kissing73821.5
2) Be willing to go a little beyond kissing132738.6
3) Not be willing to go beyond kissing84424.5
4) Don't know53015.4
Missing1984 
TOTAL3439100.0
44) Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - You have had a steady relationship for a long time and you feel very much in love. At this point your girlfriend/boyfriend tells you they want to have sex with you. In this situation, would you have sex, try to hold off if you can, refuse to have sex for now, or insist on waiting until you're married? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (D8PREMAR)
TOTAL%
1) Have sex126137.2
2) Try to hold off if you can65219.3
3) Refuse to have sex for now66719.7
4) Insist on waiting until you're married80623.8
Missing2037 
TOTAL3386100.0
45) Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - An unmarried friend of yours just found out that she is pregnant. She doesn't know what to do for sure. She asks you for advice about what she should do. In this situation, would you advise her to have an abortion, advise her to have the baby but give it up for adoption, or advise her to have the baby and keep it? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (D9ABORT)
TOTAL%
1) Advise her to have an abortion40111.7
2) Advise her to have the baby but give it up for adoption71320.8
3) Advise her to have the baby and keep it123235.9
4) Don't know108931.7
Missing1988 
TOTAL3435100.0
46) Imagine someone like yourself in the following situation and tell us what would most likely happen - You discover, to your surprise that a good friend of yours of your own sex is involved in a homosexual relationship. In this situation would your friendship continue and not change at all, would your friendship continue but not as close as before, or would your friendship probably come to an end? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (D10HMOSX)
TOTAL%
1) Your friendship would continue and not change at all41912.2
2) Your friendship would continue but not as close as before104630.4
3) Your friendship would probably come to an end135239.3
4) Don't know62018
Missing1986 
TOTAL3437100.0
47) Please tell us if you agree or disagree with the following statement - Smoking may not be healthy, but if a person finds it enjoyable, it's OK for that person to smoke. (Not asked of elementary school students.) (J1SMOKE)
TOTAL%
1) Agree93827.2
2) Disagree231067
3) Don't know2015.8
Missing1974 
TOTAL3449100.0
48) Please tell us if you agree or disagree with the following statement - Sex before marriage is OK, if a couple love each other. (Not asked of elementary school students.) (J2PRESEX)
TOTAL%
1) Agree184853.7
2) Disagree110932.2
3) Don't know48714.1
Missing1979 
TOTAL3444100.0
49) Please tell us if you agree or disagree with the following statement - Suicide is all right, because a person has a right to do whatever he wants to with himself. (Not asked of elementary school students.) (J3SUICID)
TOTAL%
1) Agree2727.9
2) Disagree296686
3) Don't know2116.1
Missing1974 
TOTAL3449100.0
50) Please tell us if you agree or disagree with the following statement - Homosexual relations are OK, if that is the person's choice. (Not asked of elementary school students.) (J4HMOSX)
TOTAL%
1) Agree110132
2) Disagree193256.1
3) Don't know41312
Missing1977 
TOTAL3446100.0
51) Please tell us if you agree or disagree with the following statement - Abortion is all right, if having a baby will change your life plans in a way you will find hard to live with. (Not asked of elementary school students.) (J5ABORT)
TOTAL%
1) Agree113433
2) Disagree191155.6
3) Don't know39511.5
Missing1983 
TOTAL3440100.0
52) Please tell us if you agree or disagree with the following statement - Sex before marriage is never right because it is a sin. (Not asked of elementary school students.) (J6PRESIN)
TOTAL%
1) Agree115533.6
2) Disagree181152.6
3) Don't know47513.8
Missing1982 
TOTAL3441100.0
53) Please tell us if you agree or disagree with the following statement - Homosexual relations are never acceptable because it is unnatural. (Not asked of elementary school students.) (J7HMOSIN)
TOTAL%
1) Agree191555.6
2) Disagree97828.4
3) Don't know55016
Missing1980 
TOTAL3443100.0
54) Suppose a teenage girl gets pregnant. She wants to have an abortion and so has sought the medical advice of her doctor. She has discussed this at great length with her parents, but they are opposed to it. Who should have the final say in this situation? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (DECABORT)
TOTAL%
1) The girl242370.5
2) Her parents44913.1
3) Don't know56516.4
Missing1986 
TOTAL3437100.0
55) Which one of the following do you think will be the most important to you as you face the future? (MOSTIMP)
TOTAL%
1) Being able to make a lot of money68012.6
2) Getting married and having a good family life187934.9
3) Helping others in need1582.9
4) Having a close relationship with God110220.5
5) Having a close set of friends you can count on3927.3
6) Having meaningful and challenging work3236
7) Becoming a famous or important person3907.3
8) Don't know4538.4
Missing46 
TOTAL5377100.0
56) Which one of the following do you think will be the least important to you as you face the future? (LEASTIMP)
TOTAL%
1) Being able to make a lot of money4558.4
2) Getting married and having a good family life2845.3
3) Helping others in need1603
4) Having a close relationship with God3246
5) Having a close set of friends you can count on1973.6
6) Having meaningful and challenging work3746.9
7) Becoming a famous or important person266649.4
8) Don't know94217.4
Missing21 
TOTAL5402100.0
57) Which, in your opinion, will be the most important reason for choosing your future job? (WHYJOB)
TOTAL%
1) It is fun and exciting.83815.5
2) You can make a lot of money.164730.5
3) It helps other people.55610.3
4) It is personally satisfying.141626.2
5) It is God's will.4528.4
6) Something else981.8
7) Don't know3095.7
8) Other811.5
Missing26 
TOTAL5397100.0
58) Which one of these statements comes closest to your belief? (GOD)
TOTAL%
1) There is a God.439981.4
2) There is a spirit or life force.3065.7
3) I don't believe there is any kind of spirit, God or life force.1392.6
4) I don't know.56110.4
Missing18 
TOTAL5405100.0
59) Have you ever had a religious experience that has changed the direction of your life? (RELEXP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes185534.4
2) No178233
3) Not sure176332.6
Missing23 
TOTAL5400100.0
60) How important to you are your religious beliefs? (BELIEFS)
TOTAL%
1) Very important242944.9
2) Fairly important155128.7
3) Not too important61611.4
4) Not at all important2494.6
5) Not sure56110.4
Missing17 
TOTAL5406100.0
61) What, in your opinion, is the most believable authority in matters of truth? (Not asked of elementary school students.) (AUTHORTY)
TOTAL%
1) Your own personal experience154244.9
2) What you learn from television, newspapers and magazines782.3
3) The teachings of Scripture55316.1
4) What science teaches us872.5
5) What your parents or other adults teach you65819.2
6) What church leaders say752.2
7) Other29.8
8) Don't know40911.9
Missing1992 
TOTAL3431100.0
62) If you were unsure of what was right or wrong in a particular situation, how would you decide what to do? (RIGHT)
TOTAL%
1) Do what would make you happy95017.6
2) Do what would improve your situation or get you ahead5169.6
3) Follow the advice of an authority, such as a parent, teacher114421.2
4) Do what would be best for everyone involved124823.1
5) Do what God or Scriptures tells you is right90116.7
6) Do something else38.7
7) Don't know5089.4
8) Other901.7
Missing28 
TOTAL5395100.0
63) How often do you do the following - Go to church or synagogue. (ATTEND)
TOTAL%
1) Daily1282.4
2) Several times a week74513.8
3) Once a week214339.8
4) Once a month or less119722.2
5) Never82415.3
6) Don't know3446.4
Missing42 
TOTAL5381100.0
64) How often do you do the following - Pray. (PRAY)
TOTAL%
1) Daily203838.3
2) Several times a week106219.9
3) Once a week64212
4) Once a month or less70613.3
5) Never55410.4
6) Don't know3266.1
Missing95 
TOTAL5328100.0
65) Have you ever attended a religious school or Sunday school at a church or synagogue? (RELSCHL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes449183.2
2) No74913.9
3) Don't know1603
Missing23 
TOTAL5400100.0
66) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE ATTENDED A RELIGIOUS SCHOOL OR SUNDAY SCHOOL AT A CHURCH OR SYNAGOGUE: How often do you attend? (FRELSCHL)
TOTAL%
1) 3 or 4 times a month267660.5
2) Once or twice a month49411.2
3) A few times a year or less84719.2
4) Don't know4049.1
Missing1002 
TOTAL4421100.0
67) Are there any special adults in your life who really care what happens to you? (ADULT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes523797
2) No691.3
3) Don't know941.7
Missing23 
TOTAL5400100.0
68) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE SPECIAL ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM: Is the following one of them - Parent(s)? (A1PARNT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes4870100
Missing553 
TOTAL4870100.0
69) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE SPECIAL ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM: Is the following one of them - Teacher or coach? (A2TEACH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1804100
Missing3619 
TOTAL1804100.0
70) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE SPECIAL ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM: Is the following one of them - Neighbor? (A3NGHBR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1304100
Missing4119 
TOTAL1304100.0
71) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE SPECIAL ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM: Is the following one of them - Adult leader of a youth group? (A4GRPLD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes682100
Missing4741 
TOTAL682100.0
72) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE SPECIAL ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM: Is the following one of them - Minister, priest or rabbi? (A5CLERG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1189100
Missing4234 
TOTAL1189100.0
73) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE SPECIAL ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM: Is the following one of them - Your counselor or social worker? (A6COUNS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes984100
Missing4439 
TOTAL984100.0
74) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE SPECIAL ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM: Is the following one of them - Grandparent, uncle, aunt, etc? (A7RELAT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes3206100
Missing2217 
TOTAL3206100.0
75) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE SPECIAL ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY CARE WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM: Is the following one of them - Someone else? (A8OTHER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes139100
Missing5284 
TOTAL139100.0
76) Are there any adults in your life who have really let you down? (LDADULT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes262649
2) No230343
3) Don't know4308
Missing64 
TOTAL5359100.0
77) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY LET THEM DOWN: Is the following one of them - Parents? (LD1PARNT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1446100
Missing3977 
TOTAL1446100.0
78) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY LET THEM DOWN: Is the following one of them - Teacher or coach? (LD2TEACH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes632100
Missing4791 
TOTAL632100.0
79) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY LET THEM DOWN: Is the following one of them - Neighbor? (LD3NGHBR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes367100
Missing5056 
TOTAL367100.0
80) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY LET THEM DOWN: Is the following one of them - Adult leader of a youth group? (LD4GRPLD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes132100
Missing5291 
TOTAL132100.0
81) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY LET THEM DOWN: Is the following one of them - Minister, priest or rabbi? (LD5CLERG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes116100
Missing5307 
TOTAL116100.0
82) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY LET THEM DOWN: Is the following one of them - Your counselor or social worker? (LD6COUNS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes200100
Missing5223 
TOTAL200100.0
83) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY LET THEM DOWN: Is the following one of them - Grandparent, uncle, aunt, etc? (LD7RELAT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes748100
Missing4675 
TOTAL748100.0
84) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE ADULTS IN THEIR LIFE WHO REALLY LET THEM DOWN: Is the following one of them - Someone else? (LD8OTHER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes78100
Missing5345 
TOTAL78100.0
85) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - Parents? (AD1PARNT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes3486100
Missing1937 
TOTAL3486100.0
86) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - Teacher or coach? (AD2TEACH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes396100
Missing5027 
TOTAL396100.0
87) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - Neighbor? (AD3NGHBR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes123100
Missing5300 
TOTAL123100.0
88) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - Adult leader of a youth group? (AD4GRPLD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes189100
Missing5234 
TOTAL189100.0
89) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - Friend your age? (AD5FRND)
TOTAL%
1) Yes2283100
Missing3140 
TOTAL2283100.0
90) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - Brother or sister? (AD6SIB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1017100
Missing4406 
TOTAL1017100.0
91) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - Minister, priest or rabbi? (AD7CLERG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes147100
Missing5276 
TOTAL147100.0
92) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - Youth counselor or social worker? (AD8COUNS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes277100
Missing5146 
TOTAL277100.0
93) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - Grandparent, uncle, aunt, etc? (AD9RELAT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes896100
Missing4527 
TOTAL896100.0
94) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - Someone else? (AD10OTHR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes66100
Missing5357 
TOTAL66100.0
95) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - No one? (AD11NONE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes78100
Missing5345 
TOTAL78100.0
96) When you don't know what the right thing to do is, are you most likely to turn to the following person for advice - Not sure? (AD12DK)
TOTAL%
1) Yes89100
Missing5334 
TOTAL89100.0
97) Has there ever been a minister, priest or rabbi who has been an important influence in you life? (INFCLERG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes182033.7
2) No252946.8
3) Not sure105419.5
Missing20 
TOTAL5403100.0
98) Have you ever had any regular counseling or outside help with a personal problem? (COUNSEL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes123923.1
2) No371669.2
3) Not sure4137.7
Missing55 
TOTAL5368100.0
99) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE HAD ANY REGULAR COUNSELING OR OUTSIDE HELP WITH A PERSONAL PROBLEM: Did the following person perform the counseling - A therapist? (C1THRPST)
TOTAL%
1) Yes351100
Missing5072 
TOTAL351100.0
100) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE HAD ANY REGULAR COUNSELING OR OUTSIDE HELP WITH A PERSONAL PROBLEM: Did the following person perform the counseling - A social worker? (C2SOCWRK)
TOTAL%
1) Yes214100
Missing5209 
TOTAL214100.0
101) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE HAD ANY REGULAR COUNSELING OR OUTSIDE HELP WITH A PERSONAL PROBLEM: Did the following person perform the counseling - A member of the clergy? (C3CLERG)
TOTAL%
1) Yes120100
Missing5303 
TOTAL120100.0
102) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE HAD ANY REGULAR COUNSELING OR OUTSIDE HELP WITH A PERSONAL PROBLEM: Did the following person perform the counseling - A school counselor? (C4SCHL)
TOTAL%
1) Yes513100
Missing4910 
TOTAL513100.0
103) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE HAD ANY REGULAR COUNSELING OR OUTSIDE HELP WITH A PERSONAL PROBLEM: Did the following person perform the counseling - Someone else? (C5OTHER)
TOTAL%
1) Yes85100
Missing5338 
TOTAL85100.0
104) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE HAD ANY REGULAR COUNSELING OR OUTSIDE HELP WITH A PERSONAL PROBLEM: Did the following person perform the counseling - Not sure? (C6DK)
TOTAL%
1) Yes88100
Missing5335 
TOTAL88100.0
105) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE HAD ANY REGULAR COUNSELING OR OUTSIDE HELP WITH A PERSONAL PROBLEM: Did the following person perform the counseling - No counseling? (C7NONE)
TOTAL%
2) No6100
Missing5417 
TOTAL6100.0
106) Are you usually punished by your parents for doing something wrong, or do they often let you get away without any punishment? (PUNISHED)
TOTAL%
1) Usually punished305856.6
2) Often let me get away without punishment190535.3
3) Don't know4378.1
Missing23 
TOTAL5400100.0
107) What is your sex? (SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male251746.6
2) Female288053.4
Missing26 
TOTAL5397100.0
108) Are you of Hispanic origin or descent? (HISP)
TOTAL%
1) Yes71513.3
2) No408776.3
3) Don't know55410.3
Missing67 
TOTAL5356100.0
109) What is your race or ethnic background? (RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White368969.2
2) Black69413
3) American Indian or Native American1873.5
4) Asian1663.1
5) Other4658.7
6) Don't know1332.5
Missing89 
TOTAL5334100.0
110) In what religion are you being raised by your parents? (RELIG)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant231443
2) Catholic161330
3) Jewish1142.1
4) Other1843.4
5) No religion4859
6) Don't know66812.4
Missing45 
TOTAL5378100.0
111) Whom do you live with? (FAMTYPE)
TOTAL%
1) Both your mother and father356866.3
2) Your mother and stepfather56010.4
3) Your father and stepmother1242.3
4) Your mother only67412.5
5) Your father only641.2
6) Your mother some of the time, your father some of the time1562.9
7) One of your parents and his or her companion751.4
8) Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc.1112.1
9) Someone else521
Missing39 
TOTAL5384100.0
112) How many brothers or sisters do you have? (SIBS)
TOTAL%
1) None4308
2) 1187934.9
3) 2140326.1
4) 371213.2
5) 43496.5
6) 5 or more60911.3
Missing41 
TOTAL5382100.0
113) How often do you come home from school when there is no adult at home? (HOMALONE)
TOTAL%
1) Every day164630.5
2) A few times a week114121.1
3) Once a week3526.5
4) Once a month2364.4
5) Rarely or never202237.5
Missing26 
TOTAL5397100.0
114) Before you started kindergarten, who cared for you regularly? (CARECHLD)
TOTAL%
1) Parents or guardian395973.5
2) Grandparents or other relatives55010.2
3) Day care or a full-time babysitter60811.3
4) Don't know2705
Missing36 
TOTAL5387100.0
115) From what you know, what is the last grade or level of school your father completed? (PAEDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school55210.3
2) High school graduate128923.9
3) Some college64512
4) College graduate117821.9
5) Postgraduate60711.3
6) Don't know111220.7
Missing40 
TOTAL5383100.0
116) From what you know, what is the last grade or level of school your mother completed? (MAEDUC)
TOTAL%
1) Less than high school5329.9
2) High school graduate152328.2
3) Some college83215.4
4) College graduate126823.5
5) Postgraduate4017.4
6) Don't know84215.6
Missing25 
TOTAL5398100.0
117) Is there an adult in your household who is unemployed and looking for work? (UNEMPLYD)
TOTAL%
1) Yes80114.8
2) No446382.7
3) Don't know1332.5
Missing26 
TOTAL5397100.0
118) Does your family use food stamps? (FDSTAMPS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes4298
2) No468586.9
3) Don't know2805.2
Missing29 
TOTAL5394100.0
119) Was your father born in the United States? (PAUSBORN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes445782.5
2) No73113.5
3) Don't know2144
Missing21 
TOTAL5402100.0
120) Was your mother born in the United States? (MAUSBORN)
TOTAL%
1) Yes453984.1
2) No73513.6
3) Don't know1222.3
Missing27 
TOTAL5396100.0
121) On a typical school day, how much time do you spend watching television? (TVHOURS)
TOTAL%
1) 8 hours or more4017.4
2) 6-7 hours3045.6
3) 4-5 hours81115
4) 2-3 hours164330.4
5) Less than 2 hours168831.3
6) Never watch television2895.4
7) Don't know2624.9
Missing25 
TOTAL5398100.0
122) Do you have a part-time job outside of your home? (JOB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes177833.1
2) No347664.7
3) Don't know1182.2
Missing51 
TOTAL5372100.0
123) What grades do you usually get? (GRADES)
TOTAL%
1) Mostly A's60317.6
2) Mostly A's and B's116233.8
3) Mostly B's43412.6
4) Mostly B's and C's69320.2
5) Mostly C's2467.2
6) Mostly C's and D's1604.7
7) Mostly D's and F's501.5
8) Don't know872.5
Missing1988 
TOTAL3435100.0
124) Do you participate in any extracurricular activities at school? (EXTCURR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes323560.2
2) No196436.5
3) Not sure1793.3
Missing45 
TOTAL5378100.0
125) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOL: What kind of activities? First mention (See summary documentation for information on category labels.) (EXTCURR1)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL542319.3523.85
126) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOL: What kind of activities? Second mention (See summary documentation for information on category labels.) (EXTCURR2)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL542325.5629.71
127) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOL: What kind of activities? Third mention (See summary documentation for information on category labels.) (EXTCURR3)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL542329.1930.43
128) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOL: What kind of activities? Fourth mention (See summary documentation for information on category labels.) (EXTCURR4)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL542334.9334.64
129) ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AT SCHOOL: What kind of activities? Fifth mention (See summary documentation for information on category labels.) (EXTCURR5)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL542346.2237.45
130) Do you currently belong to the following organization - 4-H clubs? (GN1FOURH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes389100
Missing5034 
TOTAL389100.0
131) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Big Brothers? (GN2BGBRO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes155100
Missing5268 
TOTAL155100.0
132) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Big Sisters? (GN3BGSIS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes161100
Missing5262 
TOTAL161100.0
133) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Boy Scouts of America? (GN4BYSCT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes324100
Missing5099 
TOTAL324100.0
134) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Boys Clubs of America? (GN5BYCLB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes93100
Missing5330 
TOTAL93100.0
135) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Camp Fire? (GN6CMPFR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes80100
Missing5343 
TOTAL80100.0
136) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Future Farmers? (GN7TFRM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes105100
Missing5318 
TOTAL105100.0
137) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Future Homemakers of America? (GN8FTHMK)
TOTAL%
1) Yes116100
Missing5307 
TOTAL116100.0
138) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Girls Clubs of America? (GN9GRCLB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes142100
Missing5281 
TOTAL142100.0
139) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Junior Achievement? (GN10JA)
TOTAL%
1) Yes118100
Missing5305 
TOTAL118100.0
140) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Outward Bound? (GN11OUTB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes40100
Missing5383 
TOTAL40100.0
141) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Red Cross Junior? (GN12RDCS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes75100
Missing5348 
TOTAL75100.0
142) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Salvation Army? (GN13SALV)
TOTAL%
1) Yes82100
Missing5341 
TOTAL82100.0
143) Do you currently belong to the following organization - YMCA? (GN14YMCA)
TOTAL%
1) Yes356100
Missing5067 
TOTAL356100.0
144) Do you currently belong to the following organization - YWCA? (GN15YWCA)
TOTAL%
1) Yes88100
Missing5335 
TOTAL88100.0
145) Do you currently belong to the following organization - Other? (GN16OTHR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes520100
Missing4903 
TOTAL520100.0
146) Do you currently belong to the following organization - None? (GN17NONE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1959100
Missing3464 
TOTAL1959100.0
147) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - 4-H clubs? (GP1FOURH)
TOTAL%
1) Yes572100
Missing4851 
TOTAL572100.0
148) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Big Brothers? (GP2BGBRO)
TOTAL%
1) Yes138100
Missing5285 
TOTAL138100.0
149) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Big Sisters? (GP3BGSIS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes146100
Missing5277 
TOTAL146100.0
150) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Boy Scouts of America? (GP4BYSCT)
TOTAL%
1) Yes837100
Missing4586 
TOTAL837100.0
151) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Boys Clubs of America? (GP5BYCLB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes248100
Missing5175 
TOTAL248100.0
152) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Camp Fire? (GP6CMPRF)
TOTAL%
1) Yes255100
Missing5168 
TOTAL255100.0
153) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Future Farmers? (GP7FTFRM)
TOTAL%
1) Yes173100
Missing5250 
TOTAL173100.0
154) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Future Homemakers? (GP8FTHMK)
TOTAL%
1) Yes245100
Missing5178 
TOTAL245100.0
155) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Girls Clubs of America? (GP9GRCLB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes605100
Missing4818 
TOTAL605100.0
156) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Junior Achievement? (GP10JA)
TOTAL%
1) Yes205100
Missing5218 
TOTAL205100.0
157) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Outward Bound? (GP11OUTB)
TOTAL%
1) Yes126100
Missing5297 
TOTAL126100.0
158) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Red Cross Junior? (GP12RDCS)
TOTAL%
1) Yes184100
Missing5239 
TOTAL184100.0
159) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Salvation Army? (GP13SALV)
TOTAL%
1) Yes141100
Missing5282 
TOTAL141100.0
160) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - YMCA? (GP14YMCA)
TOTAL%
1) Yes744100
Missing4679 
TOTAL744100.0
161) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - YWCA? (GP15YWCA)
TOTAL%
1) Yes234100
Missing5189 
TOTAL234100.0
162) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - Other? (GP16OTHR)
TOTAL%
1) Yes192100
Missing5231 
TOTAL192100.0
163) Have you belonged to the following organization in the past - None? (GP17NONE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes1346100
Missing4077 
TOTAL1346100.0
164) Median income for school's primary ZIP code (MEDINC)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL542330784.4314152.91
165) Grade of respondent (GRADE)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL54237.832.60
166) Weight (WEIGHT)
NMeanStd.Deviation
TOTAL1.0820.876
167) What is your sex? (for use with online analysis) (I-SEX)
TOTAL%
1) Male251746.6
2) Female288053.4
Missing26 
TOTAL5397100.0
168) What is your race or ethnic background? (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-RACE)
TOTAL%
1) White368969.2
2) Black69413
3) Other81815.3
4) Don't know1332.5
Missing89 
TOTAL5334100.0
169) In what religion are you being raised by your parents? (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-RELIG)
TOTAL%
1) Protestant231443
2) Catholic161330
3) Jewish1142.1
4) Other66912.4
5) Don't know66812.4
Missing45 
TOTAL5378100.0
170) Grade of respondent (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-GRADE)
TOTAL%
1) Elem schl196536.2
2) Middle sch174632.2
3) High schl171231.6
TOTAL5423100.0
171) Median income for school's primary ZIP code (recoded for use with on-line analysis) (I-MEDINC)
TOTAL%
1) $10K-1999984915.7
2) $20K-29999245345.2
3) $30K-39999137725.4
4) $40K-499993095.7
5) $50K and a4358
TOTAL5423100.0