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Study Report

Study Number: SA-517-001-2-1-International-ICPSR-1981

Subject Area: Attitudes Toward Self and Society

Bibliographic Citation: World values survey, 1981-1983.  [machine-readable data file] / World Values Study Group  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9309

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: This data collection is designed to enable crossnational comparison of basic values and norms in a wide variety of areas. Broad topics covered are leisure, work, the meaning and purpose of life, family life, and contemporary social issues. In the section on leisure, respondents were asked whether they preferred to spend their leisure time relaxing or being active, about groups and associations to which they belonged, how often they read a daily newspaper, the number of hours spent watching television, whether they experienced feelings such as loneliness, boredom, restlessness, depression, and happiness, if they felt other people could be trusted, if they felt they had free choice and control over their lives, and if they were satisfied with life overall. Topics covered relating to work include aspects important in a job, pride in work, satisfaction with present job and financial situation, and owner/state/employee management of business. A wide range of items was included on the meaning and purpose of life, such as respondents' views on the value of scientific advances, things in life that were worth sacrificing everything for, opinions on good and evil, and religious behavior and beliefs. Respondents were queried regarding closeness among family members, their level of satisfaction with their home life, if they shared the same attitudes toward such things as religion, morality, politics, and sexual mores with their partner and parents, their views on marriage and divorce, and qualities important for a child to learn. In the final section on social issues, areas covered include the respondent's interest in politics, opinion of various forms of political action, self-placement on a political left/right scale and party identification, the most important aims for their country, alcohol and alcoholism, confidence in various civil and governmental institutions, and whether they felt divorce, abortion, suicide, cheating on taxes, lying, and other such actions were ever justified. Background information on individuals includes age, sex, marital status, household composition, employment, trade union membership, socioeconomic status, and ethnicity.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: The populations of 22 societies: France, Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Hungary, Australia, Norway, Sweden, Soviet Union, Iceland, and Finland.

SAMPLE: Representative national samples.

NOTE: The data contain a weight variable that must be used in any analysis. The number of unweighted respondents is: France 1,200, Britain 1,231, Germany 1,305, Italy 1,348, Netherlands 1,221, Denmark 1,182, Belgium 1,145, Spain 2,303, Ireland 1,217, Northern Ireland 312, United States 2,325, Canada 1,254, Japan 1,204, Mexico 1,837, South Africa 1,596, Hungary 1,464, Australia 1,228, Norway 1,246, Sweden 954, Soviet Union 1,262, Iceland 927, Finland 1,003. The weight variable is designed to create a weighted number of respondents that approximates the relative populations of each country and compensates for an oversample of youth in western Europe, the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The total unweighted N for these data is 28,764.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + OSIRIS dictionary.

DATA TYPE: survey data


TIME PERIOD: 1981-1983


FUNDING AGENCY: The European Values Systems Study Foundation. The European Parliament. Research outside Western Europe has been financed from sources within the respective countries.

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