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Study Report

Study Number: CA-018-001-1-2-United States-ICPSR-1969

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Survey of working conditions of the American labor force, 1969-1970.  [machine-readable data file] / Mangione, Thomas W.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 3507

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy, 2 volumes and microfiche (shelved next to codebooks)

Abstract: This survey was sponsored by the Employment Standards Administration, United States Department of Labor. Among its major aims were assessment of the frequency and severity of work-related problems experienced by employed people in general and by major demographic and occupational subgroups, development of economical measures of job satisfaction suitable for use under a variety of conditions of census and research, and assessment of the impact of working conditions upon the well-being of workers. The investigators also sought to establish base-line statistics that might permit subsequent surveys to reveal any trends in the content areas originally investigated and to establish normative statistics that might permit other investigators to compare with national norms their data from more limited subsamples of workers. Many facets of a worker's job situation were examined. A series of questions regarding a person's expectations for a job were asked and later a similar series was used to ask ''how true'' each was of the respondent's actual job. Desired fringe benefits and actual fringe benefits were compared in a similar way. The relationship of respondents to their supervisors was questioned. Areas such as amount of work, job tension, difficulty of the work, and requirements for physical or mental effort were also explored. The structured interview schedule contained both closed and open-ended questions. Many of the open-ended questions were directed at estimating frequency and type of labor standards problems, such as those with unions, discrimination, physical working conditions, wages, and work schedules. Questions were asked not only about actual job situations, but also about areas affected by the job. Since physical and mental health may be influenced by place and type of employment, these areas were examined. The respondent's background was investigated in terms of age, sex, race, and education. The interview ended with questions concerning overall contentment with job and life in general. Information was obtained from 1,533 respondents in the form of 660 variables. Respondents were selected in a national probability sample of workers sixteen years of age and older working for pay for twenty or more hours per week.

SUBJECT TERMS: employment. fringe benefits. job satisfaction. jobs. labor standards. work. workers. working conditions. United States.


Quinn, Robert P., Thomas W. Mangione, et al. The 1969-1970 Survey of Working Conditions: Chronicles of an Unfinished Enterprise. Institute for Social Research, Winter 1973.

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