Study Description

Growth of American Families, 1960

CATALOG NUMBER: QP-003-002-1-2-United States-DPLS-1960

TITLE: Growth of American Families, 1960

BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION: Whelpton, Pascal K., Arthur A. Campbell and John E. Patterson. Growth of American families, 1960. [machine-readable data file]. This edition was created by Larry Bumpass of the University of Wisconsin Center for Demography and Ecology. 2nd. DPLS ed. 1977. Ann Arbor, MI: Survey Research Center. University of Michigan [producer]. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. Data and Information Services Center. [distributor]. 1 data file (3256 logical records), plus accompanying documentation.

ORIGINATING ORGANIZATION: Survey Research Center. Institute for Social Research. University of Michigan.

DPLS SOURCE: Professor Larry Bumpass, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


UNIVERSE TO WHICH DATA PERTAIN: White and non-white married women 18-44 (inclusive) living with their husbands or temporarily separated because of husband’s service in the armed forces.

SAMPLE DESCRIPTION: area probability sampling; response rate of 88%.

NUMBER OF DATA UNITS: 3256 cases, 667 variables

TYPE OF FILE: Numerical

MODE OF STORAGE: 9-track tape, DAT tape and CD-ROM, logical record in ASCII format

REFERENCE MATERIALS: codebook questionnaire, technical notes and sampling description.

PUBLICATIONS: Pascal K. Whelpton, Arthur A. Campbell, John E. Patterson, Fertility and Family Planning in the United States, (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1966).

CONDITION OF DATA: as received from Professor Bumpass (main variables from card data cleaned, transformed and written on tape).

ABSTRACT OF CONTENT: The 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.


DESCRIPTORS: fertility, family planning, contraceptive practice, children