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Americans' Use of Time, 1965-1966 (ICPSR 7254)

Principal Investigator(s): Converse, Philip E.; Robinson, John P.


These data were gathered as part of a multinational time budget project (see also TIME USE IN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ACCOUNTS, 1975-1976 [ICPSR 7580] and AMERICANS' USE OF TIME, 1965-1966, AND TIME USE IN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ACCOUNTS, 1975-1976: MERGED DATA [ICPSR 7796]). This study includes variables of two general types. One group concerns sociodemographic characteristics of respondents and households, the other set deals with time use. The time use data were obtained by having respondents keep a complete diary of their activities for a single 24-hour period between November 15 and December 15, 1965, or between March 7 and April 29, 1966. Additional data were gathered from an interview taken on the day after the diary was completed. Data on both primary and secondary time use were recorded, along with where and with whom the activities took place.

Series: Americans' Use of Time Series

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Study Description


Converse, Philip E., and John P. Robinson. AMERICANS' USE OF TIME, 1965-1966. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Survey Research Center [producer], 1966. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1980. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07254.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07254.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    family life, family work relationship, housework, leisure, lifestyles, quality of life, recreation, social interaction, social life, time utilization, work

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1965--1966

Universe:    Americans between 19 and 65 years of age, living in cities with a population between 30,000 and 280,000 and in households that had at least one adult employed in a nonfarm occupation.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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Sample:    National cross-section sample plus a group of approximately 776 respondents from Jackson, Michigan.

Data Source:

personal interviews and self-enumerated forms


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-11

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