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Vital Statistics: Divorce Detail [United States], 1987 (ICPSR 3178)
Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics
This file contains demographic data for divorces occurring in the United States during the 1987 calendar year. The data were taken from divorce certificates registered with the vital statistics offices of 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The certificates for each state were chosen at one of five sampling rates (5, 10, 20, 50, or 100 percent), depending on the total number of divorces occurring in the state during the year. Each record includes a weight factor based on the sampling fraction of the reporting state. The demographic data collected include age, race, education, and natality of divorcing parties, and the number of this divorce. Information about the divorce itself includes month, day, and week of divorce.
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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. Vital Statistics: Divorce Detail [United States], 1987. ICPSR03178-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-01-23. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03178.v2
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03178.v2
Scope of Study
Date of Collection:
Universe: All divorces in 47 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands in 1987.
Data Types: administrative records data
Data Collection Notes:
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Sample: Five sampling rates (5, 10, 20, 50, or 100 percent) were used, depending on the total number of divorces occurring in each state during the year.
marriage and divorce certificates
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Created variable labels and/or value labels.
Restrictions: In preparing the data file for this collection, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution NCHS requires, under Section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.
Original ICPSR Release: 2002-02-11
- 2009-01-23 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.
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