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Study Report

Study Number: CA-018-002-2-1-United States-ICPSR-1972

Subject Area: Economic Attitudes and Behavior

Bibliographic Citation: Quality of employment survey, 1972-1973.  [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: 3510

Number of Files Received: 2

Comments: Due to a problem with 41 interviews found in the first edition of the data this second edition was released. Users are cautioned to not use the frequencies appearing in any related documentation because the original unweighted N of 1496 was reduced to 1455.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy, microfiches (shelved next to codebook) and machine-readable.

Abstract: This survey is the second undertaken by the investigators to provide an overview of working conditions in the American labor force. Many questions from the Survey of Working Conditions, 1969-1970, are repeated here. The survey uses a national probability sample of persons 16 years old or older who are working for pay for 20 or more hours a week. Although households were sampled at a constant rate, designated respondents had variable selection rates according to the number of eligible persons within a household. Therefore, each respondent was weighted by the number of persons in the household. Sponsored by the Employee Standards Administration, United States Department of Labor, this 1972-73 survey had many of the same aims as the earlier study. Information was sought about the impact of work upon the worker in terms of such things as satisfaction, job tension, security, physical health, and financial well-being. The two studies differ in that a greater emphasis was placed on physical health, drinking, depressed moods, and placing the job in a career employment context in the 1972-73 study. The major measures used in both surveys were the frequency and severity of labor standards problems, the quality of employment indicators which were shown to be predictors of job satisfaction, the job satisfaction indices themselves, and ratings of important job facets. Information was obtained from a sample of 1455 respondents in the form of 791 variables.

SUBJECT TERMS: jobs. quality of life. social attitudes and behavior. work. working conditions.


Quinn, Robert P., Graham L. Staines, and Margaret R. McCullough. Job Satisfaction: Is There a Trend? United States Department of Labor Manpower Research Monograph No. 30, 1974. Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, Document No. 2900-00195 Quinn, Robert P., and Linda J. Shepard. The 1972-73 Quality of Employment Survey: Descriptive Statistics, with Comparison Data from the 1969-70 Survey of Working Conditions. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, 1974.

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