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Panel Study of Voluntary Associations in Ten Towns in Nebraska, 1983-1989 (ICPSR 9829)

Principal Investigator(s): McPherson, Miller J.


This longitudinal panel study of voluntary associations consists of two waves of data collected in 1983 and 1989 for the purpose of examining physical and demographic characteristics of members of 314 voluntary association groups. These individuals were selected from a multistage probability sample of voluntary associations in ten towns in the state of Nebraska. The groups represented include fraternal and sororal organizations. Data collected from individual members were aggregated, making organizations the unit of analysis. Information provided on organizations includes the organization code, town that the organization is in, mean age of its members, attendance, and membership duration. Demographic variables cover age, education, and sex.

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Study Description


McPherson, Miller J. PANEL STUDY OF VOLUNTARY ASSOCIATIONS IN TEN TOWNS IN NEBRASKA, 1983-1989. ICPSR version. Tucson, AZ: Miller J. McPherson, University of Arizona [producer], 1995. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1996. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09829.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09829.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • National Science Foundation (SBR 9308326)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    associations, memberships, organizations, population characteristics

Geographic Coverage:    Nebraska, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1983--1989

Universe:    Voluntary associations in ten Nebraska towns in the Great Plains area.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Three-stage sample beginning with a probability sample of individuals. Leaders of groups uncovered in the first stage were contacted in stage 2. Then a probability sample of the groups was canvassed at a regular meeting, producing data on members attending the meeting.

Data Source:

personal interviews, and self-enumerated questionnaires


Original ICPSR Release:   1996-10-01

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