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Three-Generation National Survey of Black American Families, 1979-1981 (ICPSR 9288)

Principal Investigator(s): Jackson, James S., University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Survey Research Center; Tucker, M. Belinda, University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Survey Research Center


This dataset was created by merging information collected from three questionnaires that form part of the NATIONAL SURVEY OF BLACK AMERICANS, 1979-1980 (ICPSR 8512) (NSBA). The three questionnaires were (1) the original cross-sectional survey questionnaire, (2) the reinterview questionnaire, and (3) the family members questionnaire. All three were administered from 1979-1981. The unit of analysis in this dataset is three generations of a family, or a "triad." Each unit or record has identical variables for the three individuals making up a triad (i.e., a grandparent, parent, and child). There are 510 triads in this dataset. The study explores feelings and attitudes across the three generations regarding neighborhood-community integration, services, crime and community contact, the role of religion and the church, physical and mental health, and self-esteem. Employment, the effects of chronic unemployment, the effects of race on the job, and interaction with family and friends are also examined. In addition, the survey provides information on racial attitudes, race identity, group stereotypes, and race ideology. Demographic variables include age, education, income, occupation, and political behavior and affiliation.

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  • 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


Jackson, James S., and M. Belinda Tucker. Three-Generation National Survey of Black American Families, 1979-1981. ICPSR09288-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    African Americans, attitudes, community involvement, crime, employment, mental health, neighborhoods, physical condition, religion, self esteem, social interaction, unemployment

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1979--1981

Date of Collection:   

  • 1979--1981

Universe:    Black United States citizens 18 years of age or older.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    National multistage probability sample. The sample is self-weighting. Every Black American household in the continental United States had an equal probability of being selected.

Data Source:

personal interviews and self-enumerated questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1996-10-13

Version History:

  • 1998-01-16 Several corrupted variables have been corrected in the data file, and variable formats in the SPSS export file have been corrected. Also, the SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been revised to match the changes to the data file.

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