The Transition from Childhood into Adulthood among PSID Children, 2013 and 2015

This project conducts the two final waves in 2013 and 2015 of the Transition into Adulthood (TA) study that is part of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). Begun in 1968, PSID is a longitudinal survey of a nationally-representative sample of U.S. families and has collected data on the same families and their descendents for 37 waves over 43 years (as of 2011). The TA study will capture the full process of development from childhood, through adolescence, and into early adulthood for a cohort of 3,653 PSID children aged 0 to 12 years who in 1997 were enrolled in the first wave of the PSID Child Development Supplement (CDS). A second wave of CDS was collected on these same children in 2002 when they were 5 to 18 years old and a third wave was collected in 2007/08 when the children were 10 to 18 years of age. PSID launched the Transition into Adulthood (TA) project in 2005 as the oldest CDS participants graduated from high school. A transitional interview was designed with questions that bridge the content of the CDS and the PSID. Three waves of TA have been completed on this cohort to date-in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011. In this project, the two final waves of TA will be conducted in 2013 and 2015, to capture the transition for the youngest members of the CDS cohort.