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Current Population Survey, June 1985: Marital History and Fertility (ICPSR 8899)

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This collection provides data on labor force activity for the week prior to the survey. Comprehensive data are available on the employment status, occupation, and industry of persons 14 years old and over. Also included are personal characteristics such as age, sex, race, marital status, veteran status, household relationship, educational background, and Spanish origin. In addition, data pertaining to marital history and fertility are included in the file. Men who were ever married (currently widowed, divorced, separated, or married) aged 15 and over were asked the number of times married and if the first marriage ended in widowhood or divorce. Ever married women aged 15 and over were asked the number of times married, date of marriage, date of widowhood or divorce, and if divorced the date of separation of the household for as many as three marriages. Questions on fertility were asked of ever married women 15 years and over and never married women 18 years and over. These questions included number of liveborn children, and date of birth, sex, and current residence for as many as five children. In addition, women between the ages of 18 and 39 were asked how many children they expect to have during their remaining childbearing years.

Series: Current Population Survey Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census. CURRENT POPULATION SURVEY, JUNE 1985: MARITAL HISTORY AND FERTILITY. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census [producer], 1986. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1988. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08899.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   birth expectations, census data, demographic characteristics, divorce, employment, fertility, Hispanic origins, households, income, jobs, labor force, marital status, occupations, population characteristics, population estimates, reproductive history, unemployment

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1985-06

Date of Collection:  

  • 1985-06

Universe:   The universe consists of all persons in the civilian noninstitutional population of the United States living in households.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   The probability sample selected to represent the universe consists of approximately 71,000 households.

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