Heather Sipsma

Assistant Professor

Department of Women, Children and Family Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing

NLS user since 2008

  • Sipsma H, Biello KB, Cole-Lewis H, Kershaw T. (2010). Like father, like son: The intergenerational cycle of adolescent fatherhood. American Journal of Public Health; 100: 517-524.
  • Sipsma HL, Ickovics JR, Lin H, Kershaw TS. (2012). Future expectations among adolescents: a latent class analysis. American Journal of Community Psychology; 50:169-181.
  • Sipsma HL, Ickovics JR, Lin H, Kershaw TS. (2015). The impact of future expectations on adolescent sexual risk behavior. Journal of Youth and Adolescence; 44(1):170-183.
What I learned from NLS data

NLS data have allowed my team and I to identify and describe the intergenerational cycle of adolescent fatherhood, a finding previously identified among mothers. These data have also allowed us to describe future expectations among adolescents and understand how these expectations likely lead to risky sexual behaviors.

Why I chose NLS data

These data provide a depth and breadth of information that is difficult to find in other publicly available datasets. The longitudinal nature and large, population-based sample allows for sophisticated analyses needed to understand complex findings.