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Study Report

Study Number: QN-015-001-2-1-United States-ICPSR-1988

Subject Area: Family and Child in Society

Bibliographic Citation: Marital instability over the life course: a three-wave panel study, 1980-1988.  [machine-readable data file] / Booth, Alan  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9747

Date Accessioned: 10/5/1993

Comments: Class II data. Second ICPSR edition.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Machine-readable codebook plus SPSS and SAS control cards. Also 1 volume hard copy documentation.

Abstract: The purpose of this data collection was to identify the causes of marital instability throughout the life course. A national sample of married individuals 55 years of age or younger was interviewed by telephone in 1980 and reinterviewed in 1983 and 1988. Spouses were not interviewed. In the first wave of data the investigators focused on female labor force participation, while the next two waves were guided by a life course perspective. An attempt was made to link changes in items such as economic resources, wife's employment, presence of children, marital satisfaction, life goals, and health, to divorce, permanent separation, and other actions intended to dissolve a marriage. Background variables on respondents include age, sex, educational attainment, marital status and history, number of children, religious affiliation, and income level. Information also is supplied on relationship with in-laws, size of home, parents' employment, use of free time, club membership, child care arrangements, and responsibility for chores.

SOURCE: telephone interviews

UNIVERSE: All intact marriages in the continental United States with partners between the ages of 18 and 55 living in households with telephones.

SAMPLE: National probability sample. The sample was selected using a random digit dialing cluster technique. Data were weighted to adjust for underrepresentation in metropolitan areas.

NOTE: ICPSR distributes Wave I of this collection separately as FEMALE LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION AND MARITAL INSTABILITY, 1980: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 9199), and Wave II as MARITAL INSTABILITY OVER THE LIFE COURSE, 1983: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 9200). In processing this collection, missing data codes defined by the principal investigators have been left unchanged at their request. SAS and SPSS system missing data were assigned numeric codes for each variable. A unmarried case in Wave I was deleted at the principal investigator's request.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + machine-readable documentation (text) + SAS Control Cards + SPSS Control Cards + data collection instruments.

DATA TYPE: survey data

DATA FORMAT: LRECL and Card Image, with SAS and SPSS Control Cards for each

TIME PERIOD: 1980, 1983, and 1988

DATE OF COLLECTION: fall 1980, fall 1983, and spring 1988

FUNDING AGENCY: United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institute on Aging.




White, Lynn K., and Bruce Keith. ''The Effect of Shift Work on the Quality and Stability of Marital Relations.'' JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES 55 (1990), 453-464. Amato, Paul R., and Alan Booth. ''Consequences of Parental Divorce and Marital Unhappiness for Adult Well-Being.'' SOCIAL FORCES 69 (1991), 895-914. White, Lynn K., and Alan Booth. ''Divorce Over the Life Course: The Role of Marital Happiness.'' JOURNAL OF FAMILY ISSUES 12 (1991), 5-21.

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