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Female Labor Force Participation and Marital Instability, 1980: [United States] (ICPSR 9199)

Principal Investigator(s): Booth, Alan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sociology Department; Johnson, David R., University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sociology Department; White, Lynn K., University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sociology Department; Edwards, John N., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University


This data collection was designed to provide information on the effects of wives' participation in the labor force on marriage and marital instability. Measures predicting marital instability and divorce and assessing marital quality were developed. Variables include background information on respondents (age, race, sex, and household size) as well as information on earnings, commitment to work, hours worked, and occupational status.

Series: Marital Instability Over the Life Course/Work and Family Life Study Series

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Study Description


Booth, Alan, David R. Johnson, Lynn K. White, and John N. Edwards. Female Labor Force Participation and Marital Instability, 1980: [United States]. ICPSR09199-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2016-10-31. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09199.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09199.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Social Security Administration

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    career goals, divorce, dual career couples, family work relationship, gender roles, life plans, marital instability, marital satisfaction, marriage, occupational status, personal finances

Smallest Geographic Unit:    United States

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1980

Date of Collection:   

  • 1980-09-15--1980-12-22

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Intact marriages in the continental United States with partners between the ages of 18 and 55 living in households with telephones.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    National probability sample. The sample was selected using a Random Digit Dialing cluster sampling technique. Data were weighted to adjust for underrepresentation in metropolitan areas.

Time Method:    Cross-sectional

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Response Rates:    65%


Original ICPSR Release:   1989-12-15

Version History:

  • 2016-10-31 The raw ASCII data provided with the original deposit has been defined for use with current SPSS, SAS, Stata and R statistical software. SPSS, SAS, Stata and R data files have been added to the collection along with optimized ASCII and tab-separated values (.tsv) data files. SPSS, SAS and Stata setup files are also now provided. Please note that the original codebook has been retained and, as such, some of the information may be out of date.

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