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National Survey of American Life - Adolescent Supplement (NSAL-A), 2001-2004

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The National Survey of American Life Adolescent Supplement (NSAL-A), 2001-2004, was designed to estimate the lifetime-to-date and current prevalence, age-of-onset distributions, course, and comorbidity of DSM-IV disorders among African American and Caribbean adolescents in the United States; to identify risk and protective factors for the onset and persistence of these disorders; to describe patterns and correlates of service use for these disorders; and to lay the groundwork for subsequent follow-up studies that can be used to identify early expressions of adult mental disorders. In addition, the adolescent dataset contains detailed measures of health; social conditions; stressors; distress; racial identity; subjective, neighborhood conditions; activities and school; media; and social and psychological protective and risk factors. The NSAL adolescent dataset also includes variables for other non-core and experimental disorders. These include tobacco use/nicotine dependence, premenstrual syndrome, minor depression, recurrent brief depression, hypomania, and hypomania sub-threshold. Demographic variables include age, race and ethnicity, ancestry or national origins, height, weight, marital status, income, and education level. Interviews were conducted with 1170 African American and Caribbean Black adolescents 13-17 years of age.
2001 - 2004
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Subject of Study
Subject Domain
Population Age
Adolescent (13 years to 18 years)
Subject Gender
Access Restrictions
Access to some of the data is restricted. Application for access to restricted data is available on the website.
Access Instructions
Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions. Public and restricted versions of the data are included in this collection. Due to the sensitive nature of the restricted data, users will need to complete a Restricted Data Use Agreement before they can obtain the restricted version. These forms can be accessed on the download page associated with this dataset.
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Dataset Format(s)
Data Collection Instruments
Sheehan Disability Scale
Dataset Size
1170 interviews