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Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Three-Wave Panel Study, 1980-1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Booth, Alan, et al.
Other Title
  • Version 1 (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. A national sample of married individuals 55 years of age or younger was interviewed by telephone in 1980 and reinterviewed in 1983 and 1988. Spouses were not interviewed. In the first wave of data the investigators focused on female labor force participation, while the next two waves were guided by a life course perspective. An attempt was made to link 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.
  • 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: Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Raw Data File
    • DS2: SPSS Export File
    • DS3: SAS Data Definition Statements
    • DS4: Frequencies
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980 / 1988
    Time period: 1980--1988
  • Collection date: 1980
  • Collection date: 1983
  • Collection date: 1988
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 technique. Data were weighted to adjust for underrepresentation in metropolitan areas.
Collection Mode

    In processing this collection, missing data codes defined by the principal investigators have been left unchanged at their request, and SAS and SPSS system missing data were assigned numeric codes for each variable. Also, an unmarried case in Wave I was deleted at the principal investigator's request.

2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (1-RO1-AGO4146).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9747 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09747.v2
  • 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)
  • Tsang, Laura Lo Wa, Harvey, Carold D.H., Duncan, Karen A., Sommer, Reena. The Effects of Children, Dual Earner Status, Sex Role Traditionalism, and Marital Structure on Marital Happiness Over Time. Journal of Family and Economic Issues.24, (1), 5-25.2003.
    • ID: 10.1023/A:1022478919443 (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)
  • Tsang, Laura Lo Wa. The effect of children on marital happiness: Evidence from a longitudinal sample from the United States. Dissertation, University of Manitoba (Canada). 1997.
  • Amato, Paul R., Booth, Alan. Changes in gender role attitudes and perceived marital quality. American Sociological Review.60, (1), 58-66.1995.
    • 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)
  • Booth, Alan, Johnson, David R.. Declining health and marital quality. Journal of Marriage and Family.56, (1), 218-223.1994.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Booth, Alan, Edwards, John N.. Starting Over: Why Remarriages are More Unstable. Journal of Family Issues.13, (2), 179-194.1992.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251392013002004 (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)
  • Amato, Paul R., Booth, Alan. Consequences of Parental Divorce and Marital Unhappiness for Adult Well-Being. Social Forces.69, (3), 895-914.1991.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Amato, Paul R., Booth, Alan. The Consequences of Divorce for Attitudes Toward Divorce and Gender Roles. Journal of Family Issues.12, (3), 306-322.1991.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251391012003004 (DOI)
  • Booth, Alan, Amato, Paul. Divorce and psychological stress. Journal of Health and Social Behavior.32, (4), 396-407.1991.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Booth, Alan, Edwards, John N., Johnson, David R.. Social Integration and Divorce. Social Forces.70, (1), 207-224.1991.
    • 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)
  • Booth, Alan, Johnson, David R.. Tracking respondents in a telephone interview panel selected by random digit dialing. Sociological Methods and Research.14, (1), 53-64.1985.
    • ID: 10.1177/0049124185014001003 (DOI)

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Booth, Alan, et al. (1992): Marital Instability Over the Life Course [United States]: A Three-Wave Panel Study, 1980-1988. Version 1. Marital Instability Over the Life Course/Work and Family Life Study Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.