MAP, MARS, LATC
SES and Cognitive Resources, Demographics
This variable is only available in MAP, MARS, and LATC.
Total cognitive resources measures the presence of materials that support cognitive activity (e.g., encyclopedia, library card, magazine subscriptions) in the home at the ages of 12 and 40. The variable is measured using 16 questions issued at baseline.
Participants are asked to indicate whether they had each of seven items available and to estimate the number of books in the home at age 12 and at age 40. Responses for questions 8 and 16 are adjusted to range from 0 to 1. The overall score for total cognitive resources ranges from 0 to 16 and represents the sum of values for the 16 questions. Higher scores indicate greater access to materials.
Participants are asked the following questions:
Response choices for questions 1-7 and 9-15:
Response choices for questions 8 and 16:
|Response||Response value||Adjusted value|
|Less than 20||1||0.0|
|20 - 49||2||0.25|
|50 - 100||3||0.50|
|101 - 250||4||0.75|
|More than 250||5||1.0|