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Behavior Settings in the Midwest, 1963-1964: [Oskaloosa, Kansas]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Barker, Roger G.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
communities; demographic characteristics; families; human behavior; population characteristics; social behavior; social environment; social life; towns
  • Abstract

    These data, collected by the University of Kansas' Midwest Psychological Field Station staff during 1963-1964, represent a census of all out-of-family behavior settings in the small town of Oskaloosa, Kansas. The study examined how behavior settings admit or attract people of various ages and demographic backgrounds, and how these people participate in the settings, once admitted. Data were collected on 884 behavior settings, such as award ceremonies, banks, sporting events, cemeteries, cooking classes, dances, academic examinations, business meetings, parades, religious services, spelling bees, taverns, street fairs, telephone booths, weddings, and places of employment. Once identified, each behavior setting was evaluated, and information was gathered on the amount of time spent in the setting by various town population subgroups, the number of persons entering the setting at least once during the year, the number of local and out-of-town participants and spectators, the type of activity exhibited in the setting, the behavior mechanisms present in the setting, and a general richness index.
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    • DS1: Dataset
Geographic Coverage
  • Kansas
  • Oskaloosa
  • United States
Collection Mode
  • (1) These data are available only as a comma-delimited file, and must be read into a statistical program for analysis. (2) This collection has not been processed by ICPSR staff. ICPSR is distributing the data and documentation for this collection in essentially the same form in which they were received. When appropriate, hardcopy documentation has been converted to machine-readable form and variables have been recoded to ensure respondents' anonymity. (3) The codebook and frequencies are provided as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided through the ICPSR Website on the Internet.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 2703 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR02703.v1
  • Barker, Roger G., Wright, Herbert F.. Midwest and its Children: The Psycholoical Ecology of an American Town. Evanston: Row, Peterson. 1954.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Barker, Roger G. (1999): Behavior Settings in the Midwest, 1963-1964: [Oskaloosa, Kansas]. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.