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International Social Science Program: Social Networks and Support Systems, 1986 (ICPSR 9205) 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 data collection, the second module in the series, contains data from West Germany, Great Britain, United States, Italy, Austria, Australia, and Hungary. The data provide detailed accounts of respondents' contacts with various relatives and friends along with information about where they would turn for help when faced with situations such as financial need, minor illness, career advice, and emotional distress. Demographic data on respondents also are provided.

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Study Description


International Social Survey Program (ISSP). International Social Science Program: Social Networks and Support Systems, 1986. ICPSR09205-v1. Cologne, W. Germany: Zentralarchiv fuer Empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 1989. doi:10.3886/ICPSR09205.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Australian National University. Research School of Social Sciences
  • Australian International Development Assistance Bureau
  • Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts (Great Britain). Monument Trust
  • National Science Foundation
  • Science Research Foundation (Austria)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   attitudes, emotional problems, emotional support, family relations, friendships, illness, interpersonal relations, personal finances, public opinion, relatives, social networks, social support

Geographic Coverage:   Australia, Austria, Germany, Global, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1986--1987

Date of Collection:  

  • 1986--1987

Universe:   Persons aged 18 years and older from seven nations: Germany, Hungary, Italy, Great Britain (excluding the Scottish highlands and islands), the United States (noninstitutionalized English-speaking only), Austria (including youths aged 16 to 18), and Australia.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Data were made available through the Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung, Universitat zu Koln, from whom a printed codebook (ZA-No. 1620) may be obtained. Records for Great Britain, West Germany, Italy, Austria, and Hungary have a weight variable that must be used in all analyses. No weighting was done for the United States. Weighting for Australia is unknown.


Sample:   Multistage probability samples.

Data Source:

self-enumerated forms, and personal interviews


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