2009-2010 Health Behavior in School-Aged Children Released

The National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program (NAHDAP) is pleased to announce the release of the 2009-2010 Health Behavior in School-Aged Children (HBSC) study. This is the 5th wave of data collected in the HBSC series. The study is conducted every four years by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The study is a part of a larger world-wide data collection effort of over 40 participating countries to investigate health-related attitudes and behaviors of youth between 5th and 10th grade. This data collection is the U.S. public use sample only.
There are two parts to this study. First, students are surveyed and asked questions about their health, friends, family, substance use, bullying, physical and mental health, recreational activities, and more. A survey is also given to a school administrator at each participating school. The administrator is asked questions about physical education, available school facilities, food offerings and policies, services provided, and health education course topics offered. The school administrator file may be appended to the student file for multi-level analysis.
Codebooks and questionnaires are available for both parts. And both parts are available for online analysis through ICPSR’s SDA system. The student file also has four different Quick Tables available allowing users to quickly cross-tabulate high value variables together and produces colorful charts.


Change to DOIs

ICPSR is changing its DOI registration agency to DataCite on/around Monday, December 2, 2013. This means that we will be unable to register *new* DOIs during the first week of December. Existing DOIs will be unaffected. In all likelihood, you may run into some non-functioning DOIs for new/updated studies during the transition, but this will be corrected as soon as we are fully moved over. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


Baseline Data for 1950s Cornell Occupational Retirement Study Available

ICPSR is pleased to announce the release of the baseline data for the Cornell Study of Occupational Retirement, 1952-58 (ICPSR 34918) through the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging.  Originally conducted in the 1950s by principal investigators Gordon F. Streib, Wayne E. Thompson, Milton L. Barron, and Edward A. Suchman, all of Cornell University, the study aimed to collect and analyze information about the then-"well-defined" life transition from employment to retirement in America. Following the study's completion, its materials were stored in seven filing cabinets at the Newberry Library in Chicago and were given to ICPSR as a gift in the 1990s.

Image of the punched card reader purchased and repaired by ICPSR for the project
The punched card reader purchased and repaired by ICPSR.
Restoration of these data for public use has been an ongoing process for ICPSR's Acquisitions group. Because the data had not been analyzed since the 1960s, none of the information had been digitized before ICPSR received the study materials. Original data were stored on punched cards. Questionnaires and supplementary materials, such as participant medical records and reports, existed only in hard-copy form.  In order to restore the usability of the data, the punched cards were read by a punched card reader (purchased and repaired by ICPSR specifically for this project) and transferred to a contemporary statistical format, at which point the resulting data were cleaned and processed. The study's codebooks have since been digitized, and ICPSR continues to work with the remaining hard-copy materials in order to preserve and make them accessible to users.

Through its longitudinal design, the Cornell Study of Occupational Retirement provides a unique perspective on retirement in the 1950s. The data cover gender and health — aspects of retirement which were seldom considered at that time period — and their relationship with this life transition. Data recovery was funded by the National Institute on Aging (1 R03 AG04038). The baseline data have been approved for public use. The release of four additional data sets corresponding with the four follow-up waves of this study is expected before the end of 2013.

Access the study home page here.


Fall 2013 Edition of ICPSR Bulletin Newsletter Available

ICPSR Bulletin Fall 2013 editionThe Fall 2013 edition of the ICPSR Bulletin newsletter is now available, featuring an article on the ICPSR Sloan project, which took several major steps forward over the summer. Through meetings and research efforts, the project is allowing ICPSR to work with stakeholders to address concerns regarding data citation and open access to data.

Other highlights in this issue:
  • A new national membership increases data literacy in South Africa
  • 2014 Summer Program dates announced
  • A look at the 2013 Official Representatives meeting
  • Peter Granda named associate director
  • ICPSR seeks applicants for two high-level positions


New Releases through 2013-11-17

Below is a list of new data collection additions to the ICPSR data archive along with a list of released data collections that have been updated:

New Additions


Note: Additional SAMHDA studies may be available though they are not listed in this email/web site announcement.


ICPSR Seeks Director of Computer and Network Services

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is recruiting a Director of Computer and Network Services (CNS). The holder of this position will lead the information and technology efforts of an internationally prominent institution as it provides state-of-the-art services to a growing user community of social science researchers, students, instructors, and policy makers. ICPSR utilizes a high-performance data and information delivery system.

Computer and Network Services is responsible for all technology operations and engineering at ICPSR. The position is very comparable to a CIO/CTO role for a small-to-medium, not-for-profit company. This position sets the strategic technology agenda for ICPSR; supervises professional IT line managers within the CNS unit; participates as an essential member of the ICPSR executive management team; and reports to the executive director.

We are seeking nominations of and applications from highly qualified candidates. To apply or make a nomination, or to request further information, please contact George Alter, Director, Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research, P.O. Box 1248, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48016-1248.

The University of Michigan is a Non-Discriminatory Affirmative Action Employer.

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Updates to Add Health Released

DSDR is pleased to announce updates to four studies in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) series.

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), 1994-2008: Wave IV Biomarker Data [Restricted Use] (ICPSR 33443)

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), 1994-2008 (ICPSR 31600)
For Study Numbers 33443 [Restricted Use] and 21600 [Public Use], the Lipids data file contains measures of triglycerides (TG), total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and total cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio. Additional variables include, measurement method for triglycerides (TG), total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein choleserol (HDL-C), Antihyperlipidemic medication use, joint classification of self-reported history of Hyperlipidemia and Antihyperlipidemic medication use, and fasting duration.

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), 1994-2008: DNA [Restricted Use]
The Part 2 Wave IV DNA was updated with the addition of new genotypes.
The Wave IV DNA Data file contains the genotype values for DAT1 (dopamine transporter), DRD4 (dopamine D4 receptor), HTTLPR (serotonin transporter), MAOA-u (monoamine oxidase A-uVNTR), LaLgS, TRI (triallelic activity bins in 5HTTLPR), DRD2 (dopamine D2 receptor), RS4680, RS12945042, DRD5 (dopamine D5 receptor), MAOCA1 (monoamine oxidase a dinucleotide).

National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), 1994-2008: Obesity and Neighborhood Environment Files [Restricted Use]

The file was updated.


Pathways to Desistance Webinar Available on YouTube

Video and slides are now available from the webinar titled "Working with Data from the Pathways to Desistance Study" presented by Dr. Edward Mulvey and Carol Schubert, the study's Principal Investigator and Study Director respectively located at the University of Pittsburgh, and Robert Choate, of ICPSR's National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program.

The session described the study's background, purposes, conceptual model, and methodology. An overview of the five individual studies that comprise the Pathways data series was also given.
This webinar and other webinars that NAHDAP has presented can also be found on the "Training" tab of the NAHDAP web site. Other webinars can also be found at ICPSR's YouTube channel.


Materials from the Archiving NIJ Data at NACJD Webinar

The materials from the Archiving NIJ Data at NACJD presentation are now available on YouTube via the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xazEfU3lOl8. The webinar was originally broadcast on November 6, 2013.

To access materials from the presentation select "Show more" located below the video for links to download the webinar (*.wmv) file and PowerPoint slides in PDF format.


Proposals for 2014 OR Sabbatical Accepted

ICPSR is seeking proposals for an Official Representative Sabbatical in 2014. The sabbatical, which is sponsored by ICPSR's Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) in conjunction with the Instructional Resources unit, will give an opportunity for researchers and instructors at institutions serving underrepresented populations to spend time at ICPSR in Ann Arbor to:
  • Learn about the many resources offered
  • Create or suggest new resources
  • Assist in efforts to diversify ICPSR's user community
The sabbatical will focus on development of teaching modules for undergraduate education and/or tools or services designed to identify and disseminate quantitative and qualitative data focused on minority populations.

Application: Sabbatical project proposals are due in March 2014. Proposals must be: two pages or less, describe the planned activities, and be accompanied by a CV. Announcement of the recipient will be made in April 2014. For further information, visit the ICPSR OR Sabbatical page.