Principal Investigator(s): Jackson, James S., University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Survey Research Center; Neighbors, Harold W., University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Survey Research Center
The purpose of this data collection was to provide an appropriate theoretical and empirical approach to concepts, measures, and methods in the study of Black Americans. Developed with input from social scientists, students, and a national advisory panel of Black scholars, the survey investigates neighborhood-community integration, services, crime and community contact, the role of religion and the church, physical and mental health, self-esteem, life satisfaction, employment, the effects of chronic unemployment, the effects of race on the job, interaction with family and friends, racial attitudes, race identity, group stereotypes, and race ideology. Demographic variables include education, marital status, income, employment status, occupation, and political behavior and affiliation.
These data are freely available.
Jackson, James S., and Harold W. Neighbors. National Survey of Black Americans, Waves 1-4, 1979-1980, 1987-1988, 1988-1989, 1992. ICPSR06668-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. doi:10.3886/ICPSR06668.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06668.v1
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: African Americans, community involvement, crime, economic indicators, ethnic identity, family relationships, life satisfaction, mental health, physical health, political ideologies, psychological wellbeing, race relations, racial attitudes, racial discrimination, racism, reactions to crime, religious attitudes, religious beliefs, residential segregation, self esteem, social indicators, social interaction, social networks, social services, stereotypes, unemployment, work attitudes
Geographic Coverage: United States
Universe: Black United States citizens 18 years of age or older.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
(1) Data for Wave 1 of this study supersede the data released in NATIONAL SURVEY OF BLACK AMERICANS, 1979-1980 (ICPSR 8512). (2) Users should note that data for the "state and county" codes (Variables 1405, 1407, and 1410) were entered in COUNTY/STATE order and not STATE/COUNTY order, i.e., the first three digits are the county code and the last two digits are the state code. This is the reverse of how Note 3 of the codebook describes the interpretation of these variables. (3) Variables for Wave 2 begin at V3001, Wave 3 begins at V4001, and Wave 4 begins at V5001. (4) The codebook and questionnaires are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.
Sample: National multistage probability sample. The sample is self-weighting. Every Black American household in the continental United States had an equal probability of being selected. Wave 1 was administered to 2,107 respondents, Wave 2 to 951 respondents (including 935 from Wave 1), Wave 3 to 793 respondents (including 779 from Wave 2), and Wave 4 to 659 respondents (including 1 from Wave 1, 28 from Wave 2, and 623 from Wave 3).
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- Performed consistency checks.
- Standardized missing values.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1996-10-01
- 1997-11-13 The SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been reissued, and the codebook is being released as a PDF file. PDF questionnaires for Waves 1-4 also have been added to the collection. The Crosswave Variable Listing is now machine-readable and is part of the PDF codebook.
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