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General Social Survey, 1972-2012 [Cumulative File] (ICPSR 34802) RSS

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Summary:

The General Social Surveys (GSS) were designed as part of a data diffusion project in 1972. The GSS replicated questionnaire items and wording in order to facilitate time-trend studies. The latest survey, GSS 2012, includes a cumulative file that merges all 29 General Social Surveys into a single file containing data from 1972 to 2012. The items appearing in the surveys are one of three types: Permanent questions that occur on each survey, rotating questions that appear on two out of every three surveys (1973, 1974, and 1976, or 1973, 1975, and 1976), and a few occasional questions such as split ballot experiments that occur in a single survey. The 2012 surveys included seven topic modules: Jewish identity, generosity, workplace violence, science, skin tone, and modules for experimental and miscellaneous questions. The International Social Survey Program (ISSP) module included in the 2012 survey was gender. The data also contain several variables describing the demographic characteristics of the respondents.

Series: General Social Survey Series

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Smith, Tom W., Michael Hout, and Peter V. Marsden. General Social Survey, 1972-2012 [Cumulative File]. ICPSR34802-v1. Storrs, CT: Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut /Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2013-09-11. doi:10.3886/ICPSR34802.v1

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Funding

This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   abortion, Affirmative Action, agriculture, AIDS, alcohol, altruism, birth control, business, capital punishment, children, citizenship, civil rights, communism, community participation, compensation, computer use, corporations, courts, crime, democracy, dissent, divorce, drug use, economic issues, employment, environment, environmental attitudes, environmental protection, ethnicity, euthanasia, expenditures, families, foreign affairs, freedom, gender, gender issues, gender roles, government, health, housing, human rights, hunting, immigration, income, industry, Jews, labor unions, marijuana, marriage, media coverage, mental health, military draft, military service, national identity, occupations, parents, patients, physicians, police, politics, poverty, prejudice, privacy, race relations, racial attitudes, religion, school prayer, science, sexual behavior, sexual preference, smoking, social classes, social inequality, social mobility, social networks, Social Security, sports, suicide, taxes, technology, television, terminal illnesses, terrorism, unemployment, welfare services, work, workplace violence

Smallest Geographic Unit:   census region

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1972--2012

Date of Collection:  

  • 1972--1978
  • 1980
  • 1982--1991
  • 1993
  • 1994
  • 1996
  • 1998
  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2006
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2012

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   All noninstitutionalized, English and Spanish speaking persons 18 years of age or older, living in the United States.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Additional information regarding the General Social Surveys can be found at the General Social Survey (GSS) Web site and the Roper Center Web site.

Methodology

Sample:   For sampling information, please see Appendix A of the ICPSR Codebook.

Weight:   Due to the number of weights and various uses for them, users should refer to Appendix A of the ICPSR Codebook.

Mode of Data Collection:   computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), face-to-face interview, telephone interview

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:

  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

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Variables

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EFFECT OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM ON RELATION WITH
960. I want you to think about the person with a mental health problem with whom you have had the most contact. As a result of the mental health problem, would you say that your relationship with this person...
EVER HAD MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM
C. (IF NO TO Q.669A, ASK Q.669C) Have you ever felt you had a mental health problem?
GOVT INVESTIGATE WORKERS MENTAL HEALTH
585. Before giving an individual a SECRET or TOP SECRET clearance, the government should have the right to ask him or her detailed, personal questions in the following areas: d. Mental health history
MED FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM ARE ADDICTIVE
961. Please tell me how much you agree or disagree with the following statements about medicines prescribed by doctors that are intended to help people who are having problems with their emotions, nerves or their mental health. b. These medications are addictive
GOVT PROGRAMS FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT WILL
954. Now, Id like to ask you for your opinions on several issues. For each question, please tell me if you strongly agree, agree somewhat, disagree somewhat or strongly disagree with the statement. e. In the long-run, government programs that provide mental health treatment to children will save taxpayers money.
CLOSENESS TO PERSON WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM
1146a. I want you to think about the person with a mental health problem with whom you have had the most contact, would you say you were extremely close, very close, not very close, or not at all close to that person?
DAYS OF POOR MENTAL HEALTH PAST 30 DAYS
907. Now thinking about your mental health, which includes stress, depression, and problems with emotions, for how many days during the past 30 days was your mental health not good?
HAVE SOUGHT CARE WITH MENTAL HEALTH SINCE PLAN
717. Since you joined this plan, have you sought medical care for problems with your emotions, nerves, or mental health?
RESULT OF MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM TO RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM
1098. As a result of the mental health problem, would you say that your relationship with this person...
HOW SERIOUS HIS HER MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM WAS
1146b. How serious would you say (his/her) mental health problem was, was it...

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