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Patterns of Family Change, 1960

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Morgan, James N.
  • David, Martin H.
  • Cohen, Wilbur J.
  • Brazer, Harvey
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Ford Foundation
Free Keywords
economic conditions; employment; families; family history; financial management; household expenditures; household income; income; investment returns; investments; lifestyles; personal finances; personal income; psychological wellbeing; social life; social stratification; standard of living; work; work attitudes
  • Abstract

    This study closely examined the distribution and redistribution of family income in the United States as well as family attitudes, histories, and motivations that might predict income. Data were collected on a wide range of demographic, economic, sociological, and psychological factors that affect the economic position of the family. These factors included information on present occupation and job history, the kinds of communities in which people grew up, type and adequacy of dwelling place, personality measures, religious preferences, political affiliation, family history, and data on the actions and decisions of family members. A long series of questions was asked about the educational level achieved by adults in the family and about parents' aspirations and plans for the educational and occupational attainment of their children. Also included were measures of geographic mobility, physical disabilities, labor force participation of wives, attitudes toward hard work, and achievement motivations, as well as demographic characteristics such as sex, age, and race. Detailed data were collected on three major components of family income: earnings, investments, and transfer payments. The study utilized a sample designed to provide reliable data on both low-income families and respondents with middle and high incomes for purposes of comparison. Interviews were taken with 2,997 spending units in 2,800 families comprising 3,396 adult units. The data can be analyzed using three different units: the adult unit (Part 1), in which adults were treated individually even if they did not keep separate finances, the family unit (Part 2), and the spending unit (Part 3).
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Adult Unit
    • DS2: Family Unit
    • DS3: Spending Unit
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1960
  • Collection date: 1960
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adult population of the United States.
A cross-section sample representative of United States families was drawn for this study. In addition, a supplementary sample of low-income families was selected from the main sample used in SURVEY OF CONSUMER FINANCES, 1960 (ICPSR 7440), resulting in an over-representation of low-income families.
Collection Mode
  • To ensure representativeness of the sample, weights (V916 and V917) must be used in data analysis.

2006-01-18 File CB7436.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): Ford Foundation.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7436 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Converse, Philip E., Dotson, Jean D., Hoag, Wendy J., McGee, William H., III. American Social Attitudes Data Sourcebook, 1947-1978. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1980.
  • Lansing, John B., Morgan, James N.. The effect of geographical mobility on income. Journal of Human Resources.2, (4), 449-460.1967.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Morgan, James N., Martin, H. David, Cohen, Wilbur J., Brazer, Harvey E.. Income and Welfare in the United States: A Study. New York: McGraw-Hill. 1962.

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

Morgan, James N.; David, Martin H.; Cohen, Wilbur J.; Brazer, Harvey (1984): Patterns of Family Change, 1960. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.