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Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, Fall 1953: Human Relations (ICPSR 3635)

Principal Investigator(s): University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program


This study comprises the Human Relations Program Study of Attitudes Toward Work survey. It provides information on the attitudes of employed men and women and housewives toward work, including the meaning and value of work in the workplace, at home, and in voluntary activities outside the home. The survey is one of two surveys carried out at the same time in the fall of 1953 (see also SURVEY OF CONSUMER ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR, FALL 1953: PURCHASE DECISIONS [ICPSR 3634]). Many questions were common to both and some questions were exclusive to each. In this survey, data are provided on how respondents valued work and hard work, the level of their satisfaction with their work, their expectations of promotion at work, job and pay satisfaction, and motivations for working, including housework for women. Data are also provided on respondents' evaluations of self-defined non-work activities, alternative roles, marriage and family, and male spouse's job. Demographic variables provide information on age, sex, race, marital status, education, family income, and religion.

Series: Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series

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Study Description


University of Michigan, Survey Research Center, Economic Behavior Program. SURVEY OF CONSUMER ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR, FALL 1953: HUMAN RELATIONS. ICPSR03635-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Institute for Social Research, Social Science Archive [producer], 1975. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1999. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03635.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03635.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    consumer attitudes, consumer behavior, consumer expectations, consumer expenditures, disposable income, durable goods, economic conditions, employment, families, housework, inflation, interest rates, job expectations, job satisfaction, marriage, national economy, personal finances, price fluctuations, purchasing, work, work attitudes, work environment, workplaces

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Date of Collection:   

  • 1953-09--1953-10

Universe:    All families living in continental United States dwelling units, exclusive of those on military reservations.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    One respondent from each family unit in the dwellings sampled, usually the head of the family, or the wife. The dwelling units were selected by area probability sampling from 66 primary sampling units. For each dwelling unit in the sample, an interview was sought with a respondent from the primary family and from each secondary family (if any). The head of the family (usually the husband) was the preferred respondent, but the wife could substitute if the head was not readily available.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-11

Version History:

  • 2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 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 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.

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