Online Data Archive

Growth of American Families (GAF), 1960

This data file contains responses to questions relating to American wives' childbearing to date, their expected future childbearing and various factors influencing family size. The latter include demographic and socioeconomic conditions influencing the number of children wanted, the physiological capacity of the couple to have as many children as desired, and their ability to regulate conception so as to avoid too many children. Data file also includes variables relating to work experience of wives and their husbands, earnings of both spouses, occupation, age and marriage history, education, geographic location, religious preference, and nationality of family of both husband and wife.