Time Use Longitudinal Panel Study, 1975-1981 (ICPSR 9054)

Published: Jan 12, 2006

Principal Investigator(s):
F. Thomas Juster; Martha S. Hill; Frank P. Stafford; Unknown



Version V2

The 1975-1981 TIME USE LONGITUDINAL PANEL STUDY dataset combines a round of data collected in 1981 with the principal investigators' earlier TIME USE IN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ACCOUNTS, 1975-1976 (ICPSR 7580), collected by F. Thomas Juster, Paul Courant, et al. This combined data collection consists of data from 620 respondents, their spouses if they were married at the time of first contact, and up to three children between the ages of three and seventeen living in the household. The key features which characterized the 1975 time use study were repeated in 1981. In both of the data collection years, adult individuals provided four time diaries as well as extensive information related to their time use in the four waves of data collection. Information pertaining to the household was collected, as well as identical measures from respondents and spouses for all person-specific information. Selected children provided two time diary reports (one for a school day and one non-school day), an academic achievement measure, and survey measures pertaining to school and family life. In addition, teacher ratings were obtained. For each adult individual who remained in the sample through the 1981 study, a time budget was constructed from his or her time diaries containing the number of minutes per week spent in each of some 223 mutually exclusive and exhaustive activities. These measures provide a description of how the sample individuals were currently allocating their time and are comparable to the 87 activity measures created from their 1975 diaries. In addition, respondent and spouse time aggregates were converted to parent time aggregates for mothers and fathers of children in the sample. To facilitate analyses on spouses, a merged data file was created for 868 couples in which both husband and wife had complete Wave I data in either 1975-1976 or 1981.

Juster, F. Thomas, Hill, Martha S., Stafford, Frank P., and Unknown. Time Use Longitudinal Panel Study, 1975-1981. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-01-12. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09054.v2

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1) The 1975 household data, respondent data (N=1519), and spouse data (N=887) for the panel are contained in ICPSR 7580. The 1975-1976 time use data are also available in combination with AMERICANS' USE OF TIME, 1965-1966 (Philip E. Converse and John F. Robinson) in ICPSR 7796. 2) The codebook, user guide, and data collection instrument are provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.

Multistage area probability sample of households in 1975-1976, with systematic sampling of time periods during one-year intervals in both 1975-1976 (for respondents aged 18+ and spouses in those households) and 1981 (for respondents, spouses, and children). Those respondents eligible for interview in 1981 were the 920 respondents from whom three or four waves of data had been obtained in the 1975-76 study, and who were heads of households or the spouses of household heads in 1975.

Longitudinal: Panel

Housing units in the coterminous United States exclusive of those on military reservations, and typical activities of the household residents

personal interviews and telephone interviews, and time-use diaries

survey data



2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 9 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

2006-01-12 All files were removed from dataset 7 and flagged as study-level files, so that they will accompany all downloads.

2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 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 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

1992-02-16 Three new parts have been added: 1975 adult activity records, 1981 adult/child activity records, and a merged file of husband/wife data for 1975 and 1981. Additional and revised documentation includes a User's Guide, 1975 subject index, occupation and industry codes, and codebooks for the new data files as well as for the 1981 household, respondent, spouse, and child data.


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