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ICPSR Instructional Subset: Quality of American Life, 1971 (ICPSR 7516)

Principal Investigator(s): Campbell, Angus; Converse, Philip E.; Rodgers, Willard L.


This study contains an instructional subset of the survey data gathered in the study QUALITY OF AMERICAN LIFE, 1971 (ICPSR 3508), collected from a nationwide probability sample of 2,164 persons 18 years of age and older. The survey was designed to measure respondents' perceptions of their socio-psychological condition, their needs and expectations from life, and the degree to which these needs were satisfied. For instructional purposes, this subset contains 80 variables, presented in their raw, unweighted form, for use with the subset's codebook, which gives seven basic pieces of information about each of the variables. In some cases the variables from the original study have been recoded for ease of analysis by students. The questions included in this instructional subset are representative of the major areas of the original, longer survey. The first several variables establish the respondent's social role. These background variables include education received, sex, age, marital status, religious preference, and occupational group. Next, several variables deal with the respondent's place of residence and attitudes toward that residence. Information on the length of time in the community and in the particular dwelling are followed by questions about the respondent's views toward the neighborhood. The study also asks the respondent for views regarding the adequacy of government activity. In a third section of the subset the respondent is asked to choose between a number of pairs of adjectives as best describing his or her life. In the last section of the study the respondent is asked questions regarding the sources of satisfaction in his or her life, including religion, government, and organizational memberships.

Series: Instructional Subset Series

Access Notes

  • This study is intended for instructional use, and may be subsets of the original data. Variables and/or cases may have been removed to facilitate classroom use.

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Study Description


Campbell, Angus, Philip E. Converse, and Willard L. Rogers. ICPSR INSTRUCTIONAL SUBSET: QUALITY OF AMERICAN LIFE, 1971. Conducted by University of Michigan, Survey Research Center. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1977. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07516.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07516.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    data, everyday life, expectations, instruction, instructional materials, life plans, life satisfaction, neighborhoods, perceptions, psychological wellbeing, quality of life, social contact, social environment, social identity, social life, social roles, social sciences

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1971

Date of Collection:   

  • 1971-07--1971-08

Universe:    Persons aged 18 years of age or older living within the conterminous United States, exclusive of households on military reservations.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

(1) There is no variable 96 in this subset. Information about "V96" is included only to illustrate the format and use of the codebook. (2) The variables in this subset were selected by Professor Betty Nesvold of San Diego State University.


Sample:    A national multistage area probability sampling of 2,164 persons was used.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-04

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