National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

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Marital Instability Over the Life Course, 1983: [United States] (ICPSR 9200)

Principal Investigator(s): Booth, Alan


The purpose of this data collection was to identify the causes of marital instability throughout the life course. The principal investigators were interested in directly linking changes in items such as economic resources, wife's employment, presence of children, marital satisfaction, life goals, and health to divorce, permanent separation, and other actions intended to dissolve a marriage. Background variables on respondents include age, sex, educational attainment, marital status and history, number of children, religious affiliation, and income level. Information also is supplied on relationship with in-laws, size of home, parents' employment, use of free time, club membership, child care arrangements, and responsibility for chores.

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

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Booth, Alan. Marital Instability Over the Life Course, 1983: [United States]. ICPSR09200-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (1-R01 AG04146)

Scope of Study

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

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1983-09--1983-12

Date of Collection:   

  • 1983-09--1983-12

Universe:    All 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

Data Collection Notes:

ICPSR distributes a companion study to this collection titled FEMALE LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION AND MARITAL INSTABILITY, 1980: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 9199).


Sample:    National probability sample. The sample was selected using a random digit dialing cluster sampling technique.

Data Source:

telephone interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-03-02

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