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Female Labor Force Participation and Marital Instability, 1980: [United States] (ICPSR 9199)

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This data collection was designed to provide information on the effects of wives' participation in the labor force on marriage and marital instability. Measures predicting marital instability and divorce and assessing marital quality were developed. Variables include background information on respondents (age, race, sex, and household size) as well as information on earnings, commitment to work, hours worked, and occupational status.

Series: Marital Instability Over the Life Course/Work and Family Life Study Series

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Study Description


Booth, Alan. Female Labor Force Participation and Marital Instability, 1980: [United States]. ICPSR09199-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1989.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Social Security Administration

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   career goals, divorce, dual career couples, family work relationship, gender roles, life plans, marital instability, marital satisfaction, marriage, occupational status, personal finances

Geographic Coverage:   United States

Time Period:  

  • 1980

Date of Collection:  

  • 1980-09-15--1980-12-22

Universe:   Intact marriages in the continental United States with partners between the ages of 18 and 55 living in households with telephones.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   National probability sample. The sample was selected using a Random Digit Dialing cluster sampling technique. Data were weighted to adjust for underrepresentation in metropolitan areas.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


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