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Commitment and Marriage

Resource Type
  • Burgess, Ernest W. (University of Chicago, Ill.)
Publication Date
  • E. W. Burgess, University of Chicago, Ill. (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • Abstract

    Determinants of the success or failure of a marriage. Topics: The data set contains surveys on various stages of a relationship. Originally 1000 couples were interviewed at about the time of first meeting or engagement, who then were surveyed several times over a time interval until lasting marriage or divorce. Among other questions the following were posed: attitudes and information on sexual conduct from the perspective of both spouses; attitude of the man and the woman to marriage; difficulties in the marriage; personality characteristics of the spouses; feeling of happiness; agreement of spouses; general satisfaction; attitude to children; attitude to work; age differences of the spouses; circle of friends; hobbies; length of acquaintance and engagement; reason for marriage; extra-marital sexual intercourse; judgement on the financial expenditure practices of spouse; attitude to divorce; religiousness. Demography: age (classified); marital status; number of children; ages of children (classified); religious denomination; income; household income; self-assessment of social class; city size; regional origins; possession of durable economic goods.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1957 / 1958
Geographic Coverage
  • United States (US)
Sampled Universe
Married couples
Sample No exact information about the sampling procedure is available.
Collection Mode
  • Written survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 873
    Number of Variables: 10
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0252 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Burgess, Ernest W.; Lock, Harvey J.: The Family: From Institution to Compagnionship. New York: American Books, 2. Edition 1953

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 79 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Burgess, Ernest W. (1958): Commitment and Marriage. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Data Archive. Dataset.