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International Social Survey Program: Work Orientations II, 1997 (ICPSR 3032) RSS

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The International Social Survey Program (ISSP) is an ongoing program of crossnational collaboration. Formed in 1983, the group develops topical modules dealing with important areas of social science as supplements to regular national surveys. This survey is the second in a series exploring the "work orientations" topic. The first survey on this topic was conducted in 1989 (ICPSR 9784). Participating countries in the present survey include Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. As in 1989, the module focused on the areas of general attitudes toward work and leisure, work organization, and work content. Opinions were elicited on issues such as respondent preferences for more work or more leisure time, the value of work in general, and how important factors such as job security, high income, opportunities for advancement, job interest, independence, and value to others were to the respondent. Other questions focused on what factors should determine how to pay two people doing the same kind of work, the effects the introduction of new technologies (computers, robots, etc.) would have on the workplace, attitudes about self-employment, size of the workplace, public vs. private sector employment, and full-time vs. part-time work. Respondents were also asked how easy or difficult it would be to find an acceptable job, how they felt about their present job, and how they viewed their working conditions (e.g., if they came home exhausted from work, amount of stress and possible danger on the job, working hours, place of work, whether their status was temporary or permanent, how their present job made use of their skills, and how they acquired these skills). Additional questions elicited information on relations in the workplace between management and employees and between workmates, how satisfied respondents were with their job, how they felt about their organization, how many days they had been absent (excluding vacation) from work in the last six months, how likely it was that they would try to find a new job within the next twelve months, and how much they worried about the possibility of losing their job. A special group of questions focused on respondents who were not currently employed. Demographic variables include age, sex, education, marital status, personal and family income, employment status, household size and composition, occupation, religion and church attendance, social class, union membership, political party, voting history, size of community, region, and ethnicity.

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International Social Survey Program (ISSP). INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL SURVEY PROGRAM: WORK ORIENTATIONS II, 1997. ICPSR version. Koeln, Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer Empirische Sozialforschung [producer], 1999. Koeln, Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer Empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2000. doi:10.3886/ICPSR03032.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, comparable worth, employment, job satisfaction, job security, job stress, leisure, public opinion, technological change, wages and salaries, work, work attitudes, work environment, working hours

Geographic Coverage:   Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Global, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1997

Date of Collection:  

  • 1996--1997

Universe:   Persons aged 18 years and older except in Japan, the Netherlands, and Russia (16 years and older).

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The data are provided as an SPSS portable file and are weighted.

This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, documentation has been converted to Portable Document Format (PDF), data files have been converted to non-platform-specific formats, and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity.

The codebook is provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Methodology

Sample:   Varies by nation.

Data Source:

personal interviews, self-enumerated questionnaires, and mailback questionnaires

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