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Quality of Employment Survey, 1977: Cross-Section

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Quinn, Robert
  • Staines, Graham
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Labor. Employment Standards Administration
Free Keywords
child care; employee benefits; employment; employment discrimination; family life; family work relationship; job satisfaction; job security; job stress; labor force; labor standards; labor unions; leisure; life satisfaction; work attitudes; work environment; workers; working hours
  • Abstract

    This study contains data on the working conditions of 1,515 workers aged 16 and older who were working for pay for 20 or more hours per week in the United States in 1977. This survey is the third undertaken by the investigators to provide an overview of working conditions in the American labor force. The aims of this survey and many of the questions that were asked were comparable to those of the related collections, SURVEY OF WORKING CONDITIONS, 1969-1970 (ICPSR 3507), and QUALITY OF EMPLOYMENT SURVEY, 1972-1973 (ICPSR 3510). The major measures used in each of the three surveys were the frequency and severity of labor standards problems, the quality of employment indicators that were shown to be predictors of job satisfaction, the job satisfaction indices themselves, and the ratings of important job facets. Respondents were asked questions about many facets of their job situations and other areas of their lives that might be affected by their jobs in order to assess the impact of work on them. Questions included job tension, security, physical health, job satisfaction, and financial well-being. A series of questions regarding job expectations was also asked. Additional questions probed respondents' feelings about their overall contentment with their jobs and with life in general. This survey differs from the earlier surveys in the greater emphasis that was placed on questions related to respondents' feelings about their work culture, physical work environment, discrimination at work, job fringe benefits, and labor unions, as well as child care provisions, nature of time spent with children and spouse, use of leisure time, and electoral participation. Demographic variables provide information on age, sex, marital status, race, education, and income.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1977
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
A national probability sample of 1,515 currently employed workers aged 16 and older who were working for pay for 20 or more hours per week in 1977.
Collection Mode
  • This is a cross-section version of the data. For a panel study version of the data, see the related collection, QUALITY OF EMPLOYMENT SURVEY, 1973-1977: PANEL (ICPSR 7696).

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

Quinn, Robert; Staines, Graham (1984): Quality of Employment Survey, 1977: Cross-Section. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.