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Attitudes Toward Women and Work, 1978 (ICPSR 22860)

Principal Investigator(s): Huber, Joan, Ohio State University


This study, which was conducted in 1978, involved interviews with a national sample of 2,002 individuals, including both members of 682 married couples. Respondents were asked what they thought about women working, how this might impact family life, as well as other issues affecting the nation. Specific questions covered female employment history, job responsibilities, childcare, income, labor union participation, decision-making in the family, household responsibilities, divorce, abortion, spousal abuse, sexual harassment in the workplace, and expectations about the consequences of passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. Demographic variables include age, sex, religious preference, racial status, marital status, and income.

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Study Description


Huber, Joan. Attitudes Toward Women and Work, 1978. ICPSR22860-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-05-19. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22860.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR22860.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (7682025)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, attitudes, child care, divorce, domestic responsibilities, employment status, Equal Rights Amendment, income, sexual harassment, spouse abuse, welfare services, womens rights, working women, workplace environment

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1978-11--1978-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1978-11--1978-12

Universe:    Adults aged 18-65 living in households with telephones in the United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii).

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The responses for unmarried individuals are not included in this data collection.


Sample:    The sampling involved a two stage design for random-digit dialing. Please see the study documentation for further information.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

Response Rates:    Of the 2,462 eligible persons, the investigators conducted interviews with 2,002 individuals (81.3 percent). Please see the study documentation for further information.

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2009-05-19

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