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Study Report

Study Number: SA-008-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1957

Subject Area: Attitudes Toward Self and Society

Bibliographic Citation: Americans view their mental health, 1957.  [machine-readable data file] / Feld, Sheila  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 3503

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: In 1957 Congress established the Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health to evaluate the Nation's resources for coping with both the psychological and economic problems of mental illness. The Commission sponsored a nationwide survey which was conducted by the Survey Research Center at The University of Michigan to assess the subjective mental health of ''normal'' American adults and to determine in detail how they cope with problems of adjustment. During the Spring of 1957, a cross-sectional sample of Americans over age 21 and living in private households was interviewed. The survey focused on various areas in which problems might arise, including marriage,, parenthood, employment, and general social relationships. Information about leisure time, past and present physical and mental health, and motives for affiliation, achievement, and power were also sought. Three questionnaire forms were employed, each addressed to a randomly selected third of the sample. Information was obtained from 2,460 respondents in the form of 321 variables.

SUBJECT TERMS: career goals. divorce. jobs. leisure. marriage. membership. mental health. occupations. quality of life. work. United States.


Gurin, Gerald, Joseph Veroff, and Sheila Feld. Americans View Their Mental Health. New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1960. Veroff, Joseph, and Sheila Feld. Marriage and Work in America. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1970.

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