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Survey of Households in Five Judicial Districts of the United States: A Civil Litigation Project, 1977-1979

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Trubek, David, et al.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice
Free Keywords
conflict resolution; households; lawsuits
  • Abstract

    This data collection is based on the household screening survey conducted by the Civil Litigation Research Project (CLRP) in 1980. The survey was conducted in five federal judicial districts in the United States: Eastern Wisconsin, Eastern Pennsylvania, South Carolina, New Mexico, and Central California. The primary objective of the study was to identify individuals involved in disputes that might have become lawsuits. The major area of investigation was claiming behavior. The dataset also includes 54 households from the "screened experiment," whereby households known to have been involved in lawsuits were contacted. Demographic variables include the age, sex, education, occupation, and union status of the chief wage earner. Also included are the respondent's sex, race, and family income. Questions were asked about consumer problems, problems with persons who owed the respondent money, discrimination problems, debt problems, property-related problems, mortgage-related problems, landlord-tenant problems, problems with government benefits, and post-divorce problems. The unit of analysis is the household.
  • 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: Standardized missing values..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977 / 1979
    Time period: 1977--1979
  • Collection date: 1980
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • New Mexico
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • United States
  • Wisconsin
Sampled Universe
Households with telephones in five federal judicial districts in the United States.
Cluster sampling using a random digit dialing technique.
Collection Mode
  • In this hierarchical dataset there are a total of 14 different record types, with the number of records and variables varying from household to household. There are 116 variables for type (1) records, 10 variables for type (2) records, 51 variables for type (3) records, 10 variables for type (4) records, 11 variables for type (5) records, 8 variables for type (6) records, 6 variables for type (7) records, 14 variables for type (8) records, 15 variables for type (9) records, 7 variables for type (10) records, 6 variables for type (11) variables, 7 variables for type (12) variables, 5 variables for type (13) records, and 8 variables for type (14) variables. A total of 5,202 households were sampled. This collection is a revision and extension of Part 3 of CIVIL LITIGATION IN THE UNITED STATES, 1977-1979 (ICPSR 7994).

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9743 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Trubek, David, et al. (1992): Survey of Households in Five Judicial Districts of the United States: A Civil Litigation Project, 1977-1979. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.