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Welcome to the National Study of Young Adults!
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Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the National Study of Young Adults:

Your address was randomly selected from all addresses in the country. Because we cannot invite all households with young adults to participate, you represent other households that were not selected.
The goal of this study is to learn about the experiences of young people as they transition into adulthood.
This study is sponsored by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ). NIJ is part of the U.S. Department of Justice. The NSYA is being conducted by Westat, a social science research organization, and New York University.
We are asking eligible young adults to complete a 15-minute survey. Before filling out the survey, the young adult will be told what is on the survey and that she/he can decline to participate. The young adult will receive an Amazon gift card as a thank-you for completing the survey.

The NSYA will continue for another year. After completing this survey, we will invite the young person to participate in future surveys and activities. The young adult will receive additional gift cards for participating in future activities.

Have one of the persons who is eligible fill out the survey, using the access code in the letter sent to your address. Ask the other eligible young adults to call this toll free number 855-662-3391 and we will provide additional access codes to take the survey.
No – joining the study is voluntary. However, this study collects information which may help policymakers and ultimately may benefit young adults. That’s very important, so we hope eligible young adults will want to participate.
All information collected for this study is confidential. No individual will be identified in the results. All answers will be combined with responses from other study participants. This study is protected by a federal law (34 USC § 10231a). The law protects the answers of participants from outside requests by any government agency, private organization or individual. De-identified data collected as part of this study will be archived with National Archive of Criminal Justice Data; “de-identified” means there is no personal identifying information associated with the data.
Please use the access code in your invitation letter to log in to the website and let us know. You will receive a $5 Amazon gift code for providing us with this information.
We are happy to talk with you. If you have any questions, please contact our study team at or 855-662-3391.

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, please call the Westat Human Subjects Protections office at 888-920-7631. If no one is available to take your call, please leave a message with your first name, the study name (The National Study of Young Adults), and a phone number with the area code. Someone will return your call as soon as possible.


If you need assistance, you can contact the NSYA team by phone at 855-662-3391
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