Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior, Fall 1953: Human Relations

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • University of Michigan. Survey Research Center. Economic Behavior Program
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Survey of Consumer Attitudes and Behavior Series
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Free Keywords
consumer attitudes; consumer behavior; consumer expectations; consumer expenditures; disposable income; durable goods; economic conditions; employment; families; housework; inflation; interest rates; job expectations; job satisfaction; marriage; national economy; personal finances; price fluctuations; purchasing; work; work attitudes; work environment; workplaces
  • Abstract

    This study comprises the Human Relations Program Study of Attitudes Toward Work survey. It provides information on the attitudes of employed men and women and housewives toward work, including the meaning and value of work in the workplace, at home, and in voluntary activities outside the home. The survey is one of two surveys carried out at the same time in the fall of 1953 (see also SURVEY OF CONSUMER ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR, FALL 1953: PURCHASE DECISIONS [ICPSR 3634]). Many questions were common to both and some questions were exclusive to each. In this survey, data are provided on how respondents valued work and hard work, the level of their satisfaction with their work, their expectations of promotion at work, job and pay satisfaction, and motivations for working, including housework for women. Data are also provided on respondents' evaluations of self-defined non-work activities, alternative roles, marriage and family, and male spouse's job. Demographic variables provide information on age, sex, race, marital status, education, family income, and religion.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1953-09 / 1953-10
    Collection date: 1953-09--1953-10
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All families living in continental United States dwelling units, exclusive of those on military reservations.
One respondent from each family unit in the dwellings sampled, usually the head of the family, or the wife. The dwelling units were selected by area probability sampling from 66 primary sampling units. For each dwelling unit in the sample, an interview was sought with a respondent from the primary family and from each secondary family (if any). The head of the family (usually the husband) was the preferred respondent, but the wife could substitute if the head was not readily available.
2005-12-15 On 2005-08-15 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-12-15 to reflect these additions.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 3635 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR03635.v1
  • Weiss, Robert S., Samelson, Nancy Morse. Social roles of American women: Their contribution to a sense of usefulness and importance. Marriage and Family Living.20, (4), 358-366.1958.
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  • Morse, Nancy C., Weiss, Robert S.. The function and meaning of work and the job. American Sociological Review.20, (2), 191-198.1955.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15