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Panel Study of Voluntary Associations in Ten Towns in Nebraska, 1983-1989

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • McPherson, Miller J.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation
Free Keywords
associations; memberships; organizations; population characteristics
  • Abstract

    This longitudinal panel study of voluntary associations consists of two waves of data collected in 1983 and 1989 for the purpose of examining physical and demographic characteristics of members of 314 voluntary association groups. These individuals were selected from a multistage probability sample of voluntary associations in ten towns in the state of Nebraska. The groups represented include fraternal and sororal organizations. Data collected from individual members were aggregated, making organizations the unit of analysis. Information provided on organizations includes the organization code, town that the organization is in, mean age of its members, attendance, and membership duration. Demographic variables cover age, education, and sex.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Raw Data File
    • DS2: SAS Data Definition Statements
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983 / 1989
    Time period: 1983--1989
Geographic Coverage
  • Nebraska
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Voluntary associations in ten Nebraska towns in the Great Plains area.
Three-stage sample beginning with a probability sample of individuals. Leaders of groups uncovered in the first stage were contacted in stage 2. Then a probability sample of the groups was canvassed at a regular meeting, producing data on members attending the meeting.
Funding insitution(s): National Science Foundation (SBR 9308326).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9829 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Rotolo, Thomas. A Time to Join, A Time to Quit: The Influence of Life Cycle Transitions on Voluntary Association Membership. Social Forces.78, (3), 1133-1161.2000.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Popielarz, Pamela A.. (In)voluntary association: A multilevel analysis of gender segregation in voluntary organizations. Gender and Society.13, (2), 234-250.1999.
    • ID: 10.1177/089124399013002005 (DOI)
  • Munch, Allison, McPherson, J. Miller, Smith-Lovin, Lynn. Gender, children, and social contact: The effects of childrearing for men and women. American Sociological Review.62, (4), 509-520.1997.
    • ID: (URL)
  • McPherson, Miller J., Rotolo, Thomas. Measuring the composition of voluntary groups: A multitrait-multimethod analysis. Social Forces.73, (3), 1097-1115.1995.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Popielarz, Pamela A., McPherson, J. Miller. On the Edge or In Between: Niche Position, Niche Overlap, and the Duration of Voluntary Association Memberships. American Journal of Sociology.101, (3), 698-720.1995.
    • ID: 10.1086/230757 (DOI)
  • McPherson, J. Miller, Popielarz, Pamela A., Drobnic, Sonja. Social Networks and Organizational Dynamics. American Sociological Review.57, (2), 153-170.1992.
    • ID: (URL)
  • McPherson, J. Miller, Smith-Lovin, Lynn. Sex Segregation in Voluntary Associations. American Sociological Review.51, (1), 61-79.1986.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Sallach, David L., Babchuk, Nicholas, Booth, Alan. Social Involvement and Political Activity: Another View. Social Science Quarterly.52, (4), 879-892.1972.

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

McPherson, Miller J. (1996): Panel Study of Voluntary Associations in Ten Towns in Nebraska, 1983-1989. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.