Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Three-Wave Panel Study, 1980-1988 (ICPSR 9747)
The purpose of this data collection was to identify the causes of marital instability throughout the life course. A national sample of married individuals 55 years of age or younger was interviewed by telephone in 1980 and reinterviewed in 1983 and 1988. Spouses were not interviewed. In the first wave of data the investigators focused on female labor force participation, while the next two waves were guided by a life course perspective. An attempt was made to link changes in items such as economic resources, wife's employment, presence of children, marital satisfaction, life goals, and health, to divorce, permanent separation, and other actions intended to dissolve a marriage. Background variables on respondents include age, sex, educational attainment, marital status and history, number of children, religious affiliation, and income level. Information also is supplied on relationship with in-laws, size of home, parents' employment, use of free time, club membership, child care arrangements, and responsibility for chores.
The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.
Booth, Alan. Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Three-Wave Panel Study, 1980-1988. ICPSR09747-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09747.v2
Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09747.v2
This study was funded by:
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (1-RO1-AGO4146)
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: career goals, divorce, dual career couples, expectations, family life, family work relationship, gender roles, health, life events, life plans, marital instability, marital satisfaction, marriage, occupational status, personal finances
Geographic Coverage: United States
- 1980 (fall)
- 1983 (fall)
- 1988 (spring)
ICPSR distributes Wave I of this collection separately as FEMALE LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION AND MARITAL INSTABILITY, 1980: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 9199), and Wave II as MARITAL INSTABILITY OVER THE LIFE COURSE, 1983: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 9200).
In processing this collection, missing data codes defined by the principal investigators have been left unchanged at their request, and SAS and SPSS system missing data were assigned numeric codes for each variable. Also, an unmarried case in Wave I was deleted at the principal investigator's request.
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:
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1992-05-12
- 2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.
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