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Marital Instability Over the Life Course, 1983: [United States]

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Booth, Alan, et al.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Marital Instability Over the Life Course/Work and Family Life Study Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
Free Keywords
career goals; divorce; dual career couples; expectations; family life; family work relationship; gender roles; health; life events; life plans; marital instability; marital satisfaction; marriage; occupational status; personal finances
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this data collection was to identify the causes of marital instability throughout the life course. The principal investigators were interested in directly linking changes in items such as economic resources, wife's employment, presence of children, marital satisfaction, life goals, and health to divorce, permanent separation, and other actions intended to dissolve a marriage. Background variables on respondents include age, sex, educational attainment, marital status and history, number of children, religious affiliation, and income level. Information also is supplied on relationship with in-laws, size of home, parents' employment, use of free time, club membership, child care arrangements, and responsibility for chores.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Raw Data File
    • DS2: Variable Format List
    • DS3: SPSSx Export File
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983-09 / 1983-12
    Time period: 1983-09--1983-12
  • 1983-09 / 1983-12
    Collection date: 1983-09--1983-12
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All intact marriages in the continental United States with partners between the ages of 18 and 55 living in households with telephones.
National probability sample. The sample was selected using a random digit dialing cluster sampling technique.
Collection Mode
  • ICPSR distributes a companion study to this collection titled FEMALE LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION AND MARITAL INSTABILITY, 1980: [UNITED STATES] (ICPSR 9199).

Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (1-R01 AG04146).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9200 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09200.v1
  • Myers, Scott M.. Religion and Intergenerational Assistance: Distinct Differences by Adult Children's Gender and Parent's Marital Status. Sociological Quarterly.45, (1), 67-89.2004.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1533-8525.2004.tb02398.x (DOI)
  • Myers, Scott M.. Moving into Adulthood: Family Residential Mobility and First-Union Transitions. Social Science Quarterly.81, (3), 782-797.2000.
  • Johnson, David R., Booth, Alan. Marital Quality: A Product of the Dyadic Environment or Individual Factors?. Social Forces.76, (3), 883-904.1998.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Amato, Paul R., Booth, Alan. A Generation At Risk: Growing Up in an Era of Family Upheaval. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1997.
  • Myers, Scott M.. Marital Uncertainty and Childbearing. Social Forces.75, (4), 1271-1289.1997.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Amato, Paul R., Loomis, Laura Spencer, Booth, Alan. Parental Divorce, Marital Conflict, and Offspring Well-being during Early Adulthood. Social Forces.73, (3), 895-915.1995.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Loomis, Laura Spencer, Booth, Alan. Multigenerational Caregiving and Well-Being: The Myth of the Beleaguered Sandwich Generation. Journal of Family Issues.16, (2), 131-148.1995.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251395016002001 (DOI)
  • Zuo, Jiping. The Reciprocal Relationship Between Marital Interaction and Marital Happiness: A Three-Wave Study. Journal of Marriage and Family.54, (4), 870-878.1992.
    • ID: (URL)
  • White, Lynn K., Booth, Alan. Divorce Over the Life Course: The Role of Marital Happiness. Journal of Family Issues.12, (1), 5-21.1991.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251391012001002 (DOI)
  • White, Lynn, Keith, Bruce. The Effect of Shift Work on the Quality and Stability of Marital Relations. Journal of Marriage and Family.52, (2), 453-462.1990.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Booth, Alan, Johnson, David R.. Premarital Cohabitation and Marital Success. Journal of Family Issues.9, (2), 255-272.1988.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251388009002007 (DOI)
  • Booth, Alan, Johnson, David R., White, Lynn K., Edwards, John N.. Divorce and Marital Instability Over the Life Course. Journal of Family Issues.7, (4), 421-442.1986.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251386007004006 (DOI)
  • Johnson, David R., White, Lynn K., Edwards, John N., Booth, Alan. Dimensions of Marital Quality: Toward Methodological and Conceptualization Refinement. Journal of Family Issues.7, (1), 31-49.1986.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251386007001003 (DOI)
  • White, Lynn K., Booth, Alan, Edwards, John N.. Children and Marital Happiness: Why the Negative Correlation?. Journal of Family Issues.7, (2), 131-147.1986.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251386007002002 (DOI)
  • Booth, Alan, Johnson, David R., White, Lynn K., Edwards, John N.. Predicting Divorce and Permanent Separation. Journal of Family Issues.6, (3), 331-346.1985.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251385006003005 (DOI)
  • White, Lynn K., Booth, Alan. The Transition to Parenthood and Marital Quality. Journal of Family Issues.6, (4), 435-449.1985.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251385006004003 (DOI)

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

Booth, Alan, et al. (1990): Marital Instability Over the Life Course, 1983: [United States]. Archival Version. Marital Instability Over the Life Course/Work and Family Life Study Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.