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

Published: Feb 17, 1992

Principal Investigator(s):
Alan Booth


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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.

Booth, Alan. Marital Instability Over the Life Course, 1983: [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-17.

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

1983-09 -- 1983-12

1983-09 -- 1983-12

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

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

All intact marriages in the continental United States with partners between the ages of 18 and 55 living in households with telephones.

telephone interviews

survey data




  • 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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This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).