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Study Report

Study Number: SB-013-001-2-2-United States-DPLS-1994

Subject Area: Social and Occupational Mobility

Bibliographic Citation: Study of American families, 1994 [BADGIR edition].  [machine-readable data file] / Hauser, Robert M.  [principal investigator(s)] / Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin. Data and Program Library Service  [distributor].

Date Accessioned: 2/6/2009

Number of Files Received: 1

Comments: This BADGIR edition was created by DPLS staff on 5/18/2004. It integrated the documents and data in BADGIR online system. To access this study BADGIR, please clink on this link and expand the list under Data and Information Service Center Catalog.

Access Status: Unrestricted access

Date Ordered: 2/6/2009

Abstract: In 1994, Robert M. Hauser and Robert D. Mare fielded a topical module for the General Social Survey (GSS) that focused on the role of families in the transmission and maintenance of socioeconomic inequality. Specifically, the module supplemented the usual GSS socioeconomic variables by collecting information about GSS respondents' first occupations; GSS respondents' mother's occupations when respondents were young; and GSS respondents' first spouses (if married more than once). In addition, the topical module included a second short test of cognitive ability, an abstract reasoning module from the Weschler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS). Finally, the 1994 GSS topical module obtained identifying information for one randomly selected sibling for each of the 2,992 GSS respondents who had at least one living sibling above the age of 25. Using this information about siblings' addresses and telephone numbers, the Study of American Families (SAF) then conducted a telephone interview with 1,155 of those siblings, asking essentially the same questions that were asked of 1994 GSS respondents in person. The SAF went beyond the GSS interview, however, by collecting information about a second selected sibling (in addition to the GSS respondent) and by asking about the educational and occupational attainments of a much larger number of relatives. Support for the SAF came from the Sociology Program of the National Science Foundation. The outline below describes the content of the public-use data file. The data will consist of seven "modules," one each pertaining to: 1) SAF respondents; 2) SAF respondents' parents; 3) SAF respondents' spouses and spouses' families; 4) SAF respondents' children; 5) SAF respondents' siblings (including the GSS respondent); 6) SAF respondents' most and least economically successful living relatives; and 7) recodes of occupations in the 1994 GSS.

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