The first phase of this research project is focused on the mounting of a new national survey of young people ages 15-25. The new questionnaire includes both previously used questions from other surveys to allow for comparison across sample populations and new questions never asked of adolescents and young adults before. This combination of new and previously used
measures will explore the ideas and attitudes of young people in the realms of sex, intimacy and health, political participation, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, rap music and videos, religion as well as current public policy impacting, in particular, young African Americans. The sample will consist of a combination of a standard nationally representative sample and a supplemental sample obtained from areas that are 15 percent or higher density of Hispanic and non-Hispanic African American population. These areas cover over 89 percent of the Hispanic population and about 89 percent of the non-Hispanic African American population. The national survey of nearly 1600 respondents, including an over-sample of African American respondents and a small over-sample of Latinos, will allow researchers to compare the attitudes of African American youth with young people of other racial and ethnic groups.