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Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 5, 1972 (ICPSR 36624)

Alternate Title:   LAMAS 5

Principal Investigator(s): University of California, Los Angeles. Institute for Social Science Research.


The Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 5, 1972 collection reflects data gathered in 1972 as part of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys (LAMAS). The LAMAS, beginning in the spring of 1970, were a shared-time omnibus survey of Los Angeles County community members, usually repeated twice annually. The LAMAS were conducted ten times between 1970 and 1976 in an effort to develop a set of standard community profile measures appropriate for use in the planning and evaluation of public policy.

The LAMAS instruments, indexes, and scales were used to track the development and course of social indicators (including social, psychological, health, and economic variables) and the impact of public policy on the community. Questions in this survey covered respondents' attitudes toward the following topics: health care services in the community, problems facing Los Angeles and the United States, psychological well-being, civic engagement, political party affiliation, and financial well-being. In addition, participating researchers were given the option of submitting questions to be asked in addition to the core items. These additional question topics included: air pollution, drinking and driving, and school and residential desegregation.

Demographic variables in this collection include age, marital status, sex, education, income, household size, race, ethnicity, and housing type.

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Study Description


University of California, Los Angeles. Institute for Social Science Research. Los Angeles Metropolitan Area Surveys [LAMAS] 5, 1972. ICPSR36624-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017-08-21. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36624.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR36624.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    air pollution, alcohol abuse, communities, driving habits, driving under the influence, emotional states, health services utilization, health status, income, occupations, political participation, residential segregation, school desegregation, social attitudes

Smallest Geographic Unit:    Block

Geographic Coverage:    California, Los Angeles, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1972

Date of Collection:   

  • 1972-03-13--1972-05-29

Unit of Observation:    Individual

Universe:    Households in Los Angeles County

Data Type(s):    survey data


Study Purpose:    The goal of the LAMAS series was the development of a set of standard community profile measures appropriate for use in the planning and evaluation of public policy.

Sample:    LAMAS utilized a multistage, stratified probability sample with the following characteristics: 1. Los Angeles County was divided into ten geographic regions. 2. Block groups in each region were stratified by housing value, percentage owner-occupied, and percentage nonwhite. 3. 100 block groups were sampled from the ten regions. 4. Two block clusters were drawn from each of the 100 block groups. Household respondents were selected according to the KISH-TABLE method. The LAMAS used the unclustered nature of the sample to over sample selected sub-populations such as ethnicity. For additional information regarding sampling, please refer to the Producer Documentation.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional , Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Weight:    There are no weights present in the dataset.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

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.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2017-08-21



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