Principal Investigator(s): Morgan, James N.; David, Martin H.; Cohen, Wilbur J.; Brazer, Harvey
This study closely examined the distribution and redistribution of family income in the United States as well as family attitudes, histories, and motivations that might predict income. Data were collected on a wide range of demographic, economic, sociological, and psychological factors that affect the economic position of the family. These factors included information on present occupation and job history, the kinds of communities in which people grew up, type and adequacy of dwelling place, personality measures, religious preferences, political affiliation, family history, and data on the actions and decisions of family members. A long series of questions was asked about the educational level achieved by adults in the family and about parents' aspirations and plans for the educational and occupational attainment of their children. Also included were measures of geographic mobility, physical disabilities, labor force participation of wives, attitudes toward hard work, and achievement motivations, as well as demographic characteristics such as sex, age, and race. Detailed data were collected on three major components of family income: earnings, investments, and transfer payments. The study utilized a sample designed to provide reliable data on both low-income families and respondents with middle and high incomes for purposes of comparison. Interviews were taken with 2,997 spending units in 2,800 families comprising 3,396 adult units. The data can be analyzed using three different units: the adult unit (Part 1), in which adults were treated individually even if they did not keep separate finances, the family unit (Part 2), and the spending unit (Part 3).
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Morgan, James N., Martin H. David, Wilbur J. Cohen, and Harvey Brazer. Patterns of Family Change, 1960. ICPSR07436-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1976. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07436.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07436.v1
This study was funded by:
- Ford Foundation
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: economic conditions, employment, families, family history, financial management, household expenditures, household income, income, investment returns, investments, lifestyles, personal finances, personal income, psychological wellbeing, social life, social stratification, standard of living, work, work attitudes
Geographic Coverage: United States
Date of Collection:
Universe: Adult population of the United States.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
To ensure representativeness of the sample, weights (V916 and V917) must be used in data analysis.
Sample: A cross-section sample representative of United States families was drawn for this study. In addition, a supplementary sample of low-income families was selected from the main sample used in SURVEY OF CONSUMER FINANCES, 1960 (ICPSR 7440), resulting in an over-representation of low-income families.
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-05-10
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