Americans View Their Mental Health, 1957 (ICPSR 3503)

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Gerald Gurin; Joseph Veroff; Sheila Feld

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In 1957, the United States Congress established the Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health to evaluate the nation's resources for coping with both the psychological and economic problems of mental illness. The Commission sponsored a nationwide survey, which was conducted by the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan, to assess the subjective mental health of "normal" American adults and to determine in detail how they coped with problems of adjustment. During the spring of 1957, a sample of American adults was interviewed on various areas in which problems might arise, including marriage, parenthood, employment, and general social relationships. Information about leisure time, past and present physical and mental health, and motives for affiliation, achievement, and power were also sought. Three questionnaire forms were employed, each addressed to a randomly selected third of the sample.

Gurin, Gerald, Veroff, Joseph, and Feld, Sheila. Americans View Their Mental Health, 1957. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1992-02-16.

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Joint Commission on Mental Illness and Health
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

1957 (spring)
  1. Produced by the University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research, Survey Research Center, 1957.


Multistage area probability sample.

Americans aged 21 years and older living in private households in the United States in 1957.

personal interviews



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Gurin, Gerald, Joseph Veroff, and Sheila Feld. Americans View Their Mental Health, 1957. ICPSR03503-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1975.

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