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Northern California Community Study, 1977

Resource Type
Dataset : aggregate data, survey data
  • Fischer, Claude S. (University of California-Berkeley)
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health
Free Keywords
communities; everyday life; interpersonal relations; neighborhood characteristics; neighbors; opinions; psychological wellbeing; quality of life; social attitudes; social behavior; social environment; social interaction; social life; social networks; urban population; urbanization
  • Abstract

    The Northern California Community Study investigated the effects of urbanism on social networks and social attitudes. To do so, the study explored the relationship between characteristics and perceptions of neighborhoods, and the acquaintance patterns, social activities, and psychological attitudes of residents of particular neighborhoods in the San Francisco area in 1977. The study focused on the nonminority population. Part 1 (Respondent File) includes information obtained in personal interviews with 1,050 persons living in 50 communities in northern California. Included in this file are two general categories of variables--those describing the respondents' experiences in their neighborhoods and locales, and those recording the respondents' psychological states and feelings of well-being. Part 2 (Name File) contains information about 19,417 persons identified by the survey respondents in Part 1 as being part of their (respondents') social networks. Variables include whether the named individuals lived in the respondents' neighborhoods, and the types of relationships, interactions, and things in common that the respondents had with the individuals they named. Part 3 (Community File) contains a data record prepared for each tract of the sampling frame. The data in the Community file are summary counts for each tract's total population, total household population, total housing units, and selected demographic information, such as the percentage of Black population, percent residing in group quarters, and mean family income. The file also contains opinions gathered from the survey respondents about each community, e.g., ratings of local services, fear of crime, and the effect of the water shortage.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Performed consistency checks.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Respondent File (R File)
    • DS2: Name File (N File)
    • DS3: Community File (C File)
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977 / 1978
    Time period: 1977--1978
  • 1977-08 / 1978-02
    Collection date: 1977-08--1978-02
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • San Francisco
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Household residents, aged 18 and older, living in urban areas of a circular quadrant of northern California extending approximately 200 miles east and north of San Francisco. Persons residing on military bases or in predominantly minority communities or meeting other specified criteria were not included.
Disproportionately stratified, multi-stage cluster sampling.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    This collection has been updated to represent ICPSR's current standards. ICPSR and original documentation, SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, SAS transport (CPORT) file, SPSS system file, Stata system file, and tab-delimited ASCII data file are included.

    The Name file (dataset 2) contains identification variables, CASEID and RESPID, with non-unique numbers for several cases. ICPSR created a unique sequential record identifier variable named ICPSRID for use with analysis.

    ICPSR cannot confirm the integrity of dataset 3, Community File, and will not include updated documentation, statistical program setup or system files, or the ASCII data file.

2011-10-17 This study has been updated to include the latest versions of ICPSR documentation, SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, SAS transport (CPORT) file, SPSS system file, Stata system file, and tab-delimited ASCII data file.2006-01-18 File CB7744.ALL.PDF was removed from any previous datasets and flagged as a study-level file, so that it will accompany all downloads. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health (1-RO1-MH26802-1).
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7744 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07744.v1
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  • Pescosolido, Bernice A., Georgianna, Sharon. Durkheim, Suicide, and Religion: Toward a Network Theory of Suicide. American Sociological Review.54, (1), 33-48.1989.
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  • Campbell, Karen E., Marsden, Peter V., Hurlbert, Jeanne S.. Social resources and socioeconomic status. Social Networks.8, (1), 97-117.1986.
    • ID: 10.1016/S0378-8733(86)80017-X (DOI)
  • Blum, Terry C.. Structural Constraints on Interpersonal Relations: A Test of Blau's Macrosociological Theory. American Journal of Sociology.91, (3), 511-521.1985.
    • ID: 10.1086/228312 (DOI)
  • Creech, James C., Babchuk, Nicholas. Affectivity and the interweave of social circles: Life course transitions. Social Bonds in Later Life: Aging and Interdependence.Beverly Hills: Sage. 1985.
  • Fischer, Claude S., Oliker, Stacey J.. A research note on friendship, gender, and the life cycle. Social Forces.62, (1), 124-133.1983.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Fischer, Claude S.. The Public and Private Worlds of City Life. American Sociological Review.46, (3), 306-316.1981.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Fischer, Claude S.. The Spatial Dimension of Social Support: New Data from Northern California. Working Paper.300, Berkeley, CA: Institute of Urban and Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley. 1979.
  • Fischer, Claude, Phillips, Susan L.. Who is alone? Social characteristics of people with small networks. Research Conference on Loneliness.. 1979.
  • McCallister, Lynne, Fishcer, Clause S.. A Procedure for Surveying Personal Networks. 160, Berkeley, CA: Institute of Urban and Regional Development. 1978.
  • McCallister, Lynne, Fishcer, Clause S.. Studying Egocentric Networks by Mass Survey, Working Paper. 284, Berkeley, CA: Institute of Urban and Regional Development. 1978.
  • Stueve, Ann, Fischer, Claude S.. Social Networks and Older Women, Working Paper. 292, Berkeley, CA: Institute of Urban and Regional Development. 1978.
  • Fischer, Claude S.. The Contexts of Personal Relations: An Exploratory Network Analysis, Working Paper. 281, Berkeley, CA: Institute of Urban and Regional Development. 1977.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Fischer, Claude S. (1984): Northern California Community Study, 1977. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.