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                      Marital Instability Over the Life Course
  1    Sample Description
      To examine the causes of marital instability throughout the life course, six waves of data were
      collected between 1980 and 2000 from married individuals who were between the ages of 18
      and 55 in 1980. Information collected in 1980 (Wave I) focused on the effects of wives'
      participation in the labor force on marriage and marital instability. Measures predicting marital
      instability and divorce and assessing marital quality were developed. Variables include
      information on earnings, commitment to work, hours worked, and occupational status. The
      focus of Wave II, conducted in 1983, was to link changes in factors such as economic resources,
      wife's employment, presence of children, marital satisfaction, life goals, and health to actions
      intended to dissolve a marriage, such as divorce and permanent separation. Information on
      adjustment to marital dissolution, relationship with in-laws, size of home, parents' employment,
      use of free time, club membership, child-care arrangements, and responsibility for chores was
      gathered. Wave III, collected in 1988, further examined the impact of changes in employment,
      economics, and health on marital relationships. Questions were asked about divorce and
      remarriage, investment of energy and resource use in the care of aging parents and dependent
      offspring, asset value, awareness of aging, mental health issues, and history of disease. In 1992,
      Wave IV data were collected to look at changes in employment, economics, and health.
      Questions were asked about retirement issues, family structure, and the impact of caring for
      aging parents while at the same time caring for dependent offspring. Data were also collected in
      1992 and 1994 from adult offspring who were living in the household in 1980 and had reached
      age 19 by 1992, thus providing parallel measures with their parents regarding the quality of
      parent-child relationships, attitudes, and support along with exploring the impact of childhood
      experiences on the transition to adult life. In 1997, the fifth wave was collected and interviews
      were conducted with a second sample of adult offspring (N=202) along with second interviews
      of offspring selected in 1992 (N=606). Wave V also examined the relationship between marital
      quality and stability and how it relates to changes in marital quality later in life. In 2000, Wave VI
      data were collected. Included with the adult panel was a panel obtained from the offspring who
      participated in 1992 or 1997, a replicate of the original cross-section study completed in 1980
      (comprised of currently married persons between the ages of 19 and 55), along with a
      comparison sample made up of persons who were married in 1980 and were between 39 and
      75 years old. The investigators examined whether there were changes in marital quality
      between 1980 and 2000, identified factors that might have accounted for these changes, and
      sought to determine their impact on the health and longevity of older persons. New questions
      included in Wave VI covered whether the respondent thought he/she had an organized lifestyle,
      alcohol and tobacco use, health problems, physical limitations, and mattering (the level of
      concern expressed for and received from spouse). Among the variables included in all six waves
      are age, sex, educational attainment, marital status and history, attitude toward divorce,
      number of children, religious affiliation, and income level.
         75 years old. The investigators examined whether there were changes in marital quality
         between 1980 and 2000, identified factors that might have accounted for these changes, and
         sought to determine their impact on the health and longevity of older persons. New questions
         included in Wave VI covered whether the respondent thought he/she had an organized lifestyle,
         alcohol and tobacco use, health problems, physical limitations, and mattering (the level of
         concern expressed for and received from spouse). Among the variables included in all six waves
         are age, sex, educational attainment, marital status and history, attitude toward divorce,
         number of children, religious affiliation, and income level.
         http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/NACDA/STUDY/03812.xml

   2     Project web
         http://www.pop.psu.edu/marinst/marinst.htm

   3     Years covered
         Wave 1    1980
         Wave 2    1983
         Wave 3    1988
         Wave 4    1992-1994
         Wave 5    1997
         Wave 6    2000

   4     Longitudinal
         Yes

   5     Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)
         http://www.icpsr.umich.edu/cocoon/NACDA/STUDY/03812.xml
         [To download data, must belong to member institution]

   6     Data specific bibliography
         http://cairo.pop.psu.edu/allen/marinst-bib.cfm

   7     Data citation
         Booth, Alan, David Johnson, Paul Amato, and Stacy Rogers. Marital Instability Over the Life Course
         [United States]: A Six-Wave Panel Study, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1992-1994, 1997, 2000 [Computer
         file]. ICPSR03812-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
         [distributor], 2009-03-02. doi:10.3886/ICPSR03812


Last updated: November 2009

                                         National Center for Family & Marriage Research
                                                 website: http://ncfmr.bgsu.edu
                                                    e-mail: ncfmr@bgsu.edu
Marital Instability over the Life Course, Index for Adults
          Construct                 Questions at any one of the surveys                                         Questions at Wave 1
                      Question Header            Index                    Wording                       Index


Locus of Control

                                                         Even with the most loving couples, a
                                                   1     satisfying relationship doesn't just happen;
                                                         it is the result of a lot of work.
                                                         Couples who have a satisfying relationship
                                                         are constantly trying to improve it; a good
                                                   2
                                                         relationship doesn't just happen.


                                                         The unhappy times in our marriage just
                                                   3     seem to happen regardless of what I do.


                                                         There are always things I can do to end an
                                                   4     argument with my spouse that leaves us
                                                         feeling better.
                                                         When I want my (husband/wife) to do
                                                         something (she/he) hadn't planned on, it's
                                                   5
                                                         often difficult to get (him/her) to do it.
     Difficulties with my spouse often start with
6
     chance remarks.
     When things begin to get rough in my
7    marriage, I can see that I had a hand in it.


     Something more than a couple's effort is
     needed to bring about a satisfactory
8
     marriage; it's a special magic that is either
     there or it isn't.

     Good communication in a marriage is a
9
     matter of learning and applying skills.
     Putting effort into the relationship will
10   practically guarantee a successful
     marriage.
     If my marriage were a long, happy one, I'd
11
     say that I must just be very lucky.
     How well I get along with my
12   (husband/wife) depends mostly on how
     (he/she) is feeling that day.
     At times, there doesn't seem to be any
13   way out of a disagreement with my
     (husband/wife).
     Couples who seldom fight with each other
14
     have just been very lucky.
     It seems to me that maintaining a
15   smoothly running marriage is a matter of
     skill, not luck.
                                                          I find that day-to-day events have a lot of
                                                     16   influence on how my (husband/wife) and I
                                                          get along.
                                                          If we put our minds to it, my
                                                          (husband/wife) and I can get along happily
                                                     17
                                                          in the most trying circumstances.


                                                          When we have an unpleasant time in our
                                                     18   marriage, I can always see how I helped to
                                                          bring it about.
                                                          Circumstances play a small role in causing
                                                     19   marital happiness; it is largely a matter of
                                                          our own doing.
                                                          When I look over the course of my
                                                     20   marriage I can't help but think that it was
                                                          just meant to be the way it is.
Interaction
                                                          How often do you eat your main meal
                                                     1                                                   1
                                                          together?

              Now, we are going to discuss your      2    Go shopping together?                          2
              CURRENT marriage relationship. The          How often do you visit friends together?
                                                     3                                                   3
              following are some things couples
              sometimes do together. For each one,
                                                          Work together on projects around the
              indicate how often you and your        4                                                   4
                                                          house?
              spouse do this together.
                                                          When you go out -- say, to play cards,
                                                     5    bowling, or a movie -- how often do you        5
                                                          do this together?
                                               Make you feel (he/she) is there for you
                                          6
                                               when you really need (him/her)?
                                               Let you down when you are counting on
                                          7
                                               (him/her)?
                                               Make you feel (he/she) really cares about
                                          8
                                               you?
                                               Make you feel you can talk to (him/her)
                                          9
                                               about your worries?
                                               Expect more from you than (he/she) is
                                          10
                                               willing to give?
                                               Act as if (he/she) is the only important
                                          11
                                               person in the family?
I'm going to read some things                  Make you feel you can tell (him/her)
husbands and wives sometimes do for       12
                                               anything?
each other. For each one please tell me
                                          13   Insist on having (his/her) own way?
whether your spouse does it nearly
always, some of the time, occasionally,        Give you a sense of emotional security and
                                          14
or almost never. How often does your           well being?
spouse . . . .
                                               Make you feel you could not turn to
                                          15   (him/her) for support when you have a
                                               problem?
                                               Make you feel uncertain that (he/she)
                                               would give you the care you need if you
                                          16
                                               became ill with a prolonged illness?


                                          17   Insist that you agree with (him/her)?
                                          18   Criticize your ideas?
                                                                  Let you know that (he/she) appreciates
                                                             19   you, your ideas, or the things you do?


                                                             20   Not listen to you?
                                                                  I feel personally responsible for my
                                                             21
                                                                  spouse's well-being.
                    Next, are some statements about your
                                                                  If my spouse were feeling badly, my first
                    relationship with your spouse, and for   22
                                                                  duty would be to cheer him/her up.
                    each one, please tell me whether you
                    strongly agree with the statement,       23   I would do almost anything for my spouse.
                    agree, disagree, or strongly disagree.
                                                                  One of my primary concerns is my
                                                             24
                                                                  spouse's welfare.
Division of Labor
                                                                  How much of this kind of work usually is
                                                                  done by you? All of it, most of it, about
                                                             1                                                       1
                                                                  half of it, less than half of it, or none of it?


                                                                  Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                    In every family, there are a lot of      2                                                       2
                                                                  you do more than your share?
                    routine tasks that have to be done --
                    cleaning the house, doing the laundry,        What about your spouse? Does (he/she)
                    cleaning up after meals, cooking              think the current arrangement is fair or
                                                             3    that (he/she) is doing more than (his/her)         3
                    dinners, etc.
                                                                  share?

                                                                  Do you and your (husband/wife) have
                                                                  arguments or disagreements about
                                                             4                                                       4
                                                                  whether one of you is doing their share of
                                                                  the housework?
            How much of the looking after children
            usually is done by you? All of it, most of it,
        5                                                     5
            about half of it, less than half of it, or none
            of it?

            Do you think this is fair, or do you think
        6                                                     6
            you do more than your share?
            What about your spouse? Does (he/she)
            think the current arrangement is fair or
        7                                                     7
            that (he/she) is doing more than (his/her)
            share?

            Do you and your (husband/wife) have
            arguments or disagreements about
        8                                                     8
            whether one of you is doing their share of
            looking after the children?

            Is the way you divide up the child care
            mostly the way you want it, the way your
        9
            spouse wants it, or the way you both want
            it?
Power
            Are there any kinds of decisions made
        1   around your house where your decision is          1
            the final word?
            What about your spouse? Are there any
        2   kinds of decisions where (his/her) decision       2
            is the final word?
              Overall, considering all the kinds of
              decisions you two make, does your spouse
         3                                                  3
              more often have the final word or do you?


              Overall, are you satisfied with the amount
         4    of influence you have in family decision      4
              making?
Strain
              Has this (fair/poor) health condition put a
         r1                                                 r1
              strain on your marriage?
              Do you have any permanent health or
              physical conditions that restrict your
         r2   ability to move about or limit you in         r2
              dressing, bathing, eating, working, or
              keeping house?

         r3   Has this put a strain on your marriage?       r3
              Did this lead you to cut down on your
              activities for several days or more?

         r4                                                 r4




         r5   Has this put a strain on your marriage?       r5
              Has this (fair/poor) health condition put a
         s1   strain on your marriage?                      s1
                                                                          Does your (husband/wife) have any
                                                                          permanent health or physical condition
                                                                          that restricts (his/her) ability to move
                                                                     s2   about or limits (him/her) in dressing,        s2
                                                                          bathing, eating, working, or keeping
                                                                          house?

                                                                     s3   Has this put a strain on your marriage?       s3
                                                                          Did this lead (him/her) to cut down on
                                                                     s4   (his/her) activities for several days or      s4
                                                                          more?
                                                                     s5   Has this put a strain on your marriage?       s5
Relationship Happiness
                                                                          With the amount of understanding you
                                                                     1                                                  1
                                                                          receive from your (husband/wife)?
                                                                          With the amount of love and affection you
                                                                     2                                                  2
                                                                          receive?
                                                                          With the extent to which you and your
                                                                     3                                                  3
                                                                          spouse agree about things?
                                                                     4    With your sexual relationship?                4
                                                                          If children in the household, ask: With the
                                                                     5    way your spouse gets along with your          5
                         There are different aspects of married
                                                                          children?
                         life. For each of the following, indicate
                         whether you are very happy, pretty               With your spouse's performance as a
                                                                     6                                                  6
                         happy, or not too happy with this                breadwinner?
                         aspect of your marriage. How happy               With your spouse as someone who takes
                         are you…                                    7                                                  7
                                                                          care of things around the house?
                        whether you are very happy, pretty
                        happy, or not too happy with this
                        aspect of your marriage. How happy
                        are you…

                                                                     With your spouse as someone to do things
                                                                8                                                   8
                                                                     with?
                                                                9    With your spouse's faithfulness to you?        9
                                                                     With your marriage?
                                                                10

                                                                     With the quality of your marriage relative
                                                                11   to other marriages you know about?


                                                                     The extent to which your (husband/wife) is
                                                                12   fulfilling (his/her) responsibilities to the
                        For each of the following statements         marriage.
                        about your marriage, indicate whether
                                                                     How well your (husband/wife) is fulfilling
                        you are very satisfied, pretty well     13
                                                                     your needs.
                        satisfied, somewhat satisfied, or not
                        too satisfied.
                                                                     The extent to which your marriage is
                                                                14
                                                                     meeting your original expectations.

Relationship Conflict
                                                                     How often do you disagree with your
                                                                1                                                   1
                                                                     (husband/wife)?

                                                                     How many serious quarrels have you had
                                                                2                                                   2
                                                                     with your spouse in the past two months?
                        In many households, bad feelings and
                        arguments occur from time to time. In
                                                                     Has this ever happened between you and
                        many cases, people get so angry that    3                                                3
                                                                     your (husband/wife)?
                        they slap, hit, push, kick, or throw
                        things at one another.

                                                                     How many times has it happened over the
                                                                4                                                4
                                                                     last three years?
Relationship Problems
                                                                1    Gets angry easily?                          1
                                                                2    Has feelings that are easily hurt?          2
                                                                3    Is jealous?                                 3
                                                                4    Is domineering?                             4
                                                                5    Is critical?                                5
                                                                6    Is moody?                                   6

                        I'd like to mention a number of         7    Won't talk to the other?                    7
                        problem areas. Have you had a                Has had a sexual relationship with
                        problem in your marriage because one    8                                                8
                                                                     someone else?
                        of you -- (IF RESPONDENT SAYS YES,
                                                                9    Has irritating habits?                      9
                        ASK: Which one of you?).
                                                                10   Is not at home enough?                      10
                                                                11   Spends money foolishly?                     11
                                                                12   Drinks or uses drugs?                       12
                                                                13   Has been in trouble with the law?           13
                                                                     If children, ask: Is sometimes abusive to
                                                                14                                               14
                                                                     the children?
                                                                15   Has become less interested in sex?
Relationship Trouble
                                                                   Have you ever thought your marriage
                                                              1                                                  1
                                                                   might be in trouble?

                                                              2    How long ago did you first feel that way?     2

                                                                   If married more than 3 years, ask: Have
                                                              3    you thought this within the last three        3
                                                                   years?
                                                              4    Do you feel this way now?                     4

                                                                   As far as you know, has your spouse ever
                                                              5                                                  5
                                                                   thought your marriage was in trouble?

                                                                   If married more than 3 years, ask: Has
                                                              6    (he/she) thought this way in the last three   6
                                                                   years?
                                                              7    Does (he/she) feel this way now?              7
                                                                   Have you talked with your (husband/wife)
                                                              8                                                  8
                                                                   about these problems?

                       Many marriages go through some ups          Have you ever talked with family
                       and downs from time to time. Even           members, friends, clergy, counselors, or
                                                              9                                                  9
                       people who get along well with their        social workers about problems in your
                       spouse sometimes wonder whether             marriage?
                       their marriage is working.
                                                                   If married more than 3 years, ask: Have
                                                              10   you talked with them about your marital       10
                                                                   problems within the last three years?

                                                              11   Family?                                       11
                              12   Friends?                                    12
                              13   Clergy, doctor, or counselor?               13
                              14   Other?                                      14
                              15   Have you talked with them recently?         15
                                   As far as you know, has your
                                   (husband/wife) talked with relatives,
                              16   friends, or a counselor about problems      16
                                   either of you were having with your
                                   marriage?

                                   If married more than 3 years, ask: Has
                              17   (he/she) talked with any of them within     17
                                   the last three years?
                              18   Has (he/she) done so recently?              18

Self-Evaluation of Marriage

                                   Taking all things together, how would you
                                   describe your marriage? Would you say
                              1                                                1
                                   that your marriage is very happy, pretty
                                   happy, or not too happy?

                                   If you had to do it all over again, would
                              2    you marry someone else, the same            2
                                   person, or not marry at all?
                                   When you were thinking about getting
                                   married, did you ever have doubts about
                              3                                                3
                                   whether this was the best marriage for
                                   you?
     Compared to other marriages you know
     about, do you think your marriage is
4                                                     4
     better than most, about the same as most,
     or not as good as most?

     Comparing your marriage to three years
5    ago, is your marriage getting better,            5
     staying the same, or getting worse?
     What do you see as the future of your
6    marriage? Is it likely to get better, stay the   6
     same, or get worse?

     Would you say the feelings of love you
     have for your (husband/wife) are
7                                                     7
     extremely strong, very strong, pretty
     strong, not too strong, or not strong at all?

     How about your (husband's/wife's)
     feelings of love for you? Would you say
8    they are extremely strong, very strong,          8
     pretty strong, not too strong, or not strong
     at all?
     Often, one partner in a marriage gives
     more than the other. Do you feel that one
9                                                     9
     of you gives more to the marriage than the
     other?
10   If yes, who?                                     10
                                When you compare how attractive you are
                                in relation to your (husband/wife), would
                           11   you say (he/she) is more attractive than    11
                                you, about the same, or less attractive
                                than you?

                                How about intelligence? Do you think
                           12   (he/she) is more intelligent than you,      12
                                about the same, or less intelligent?
                                We would like to know what aspects of
                           13   your life you are evaluating. Are you
                                evaluating your marriage?
Marriage Bonding Factors
                                When you first got married, was either of
                           1    your parents unhappy with your choice of    1
                                a (husband/wife)?
                                How about now? How well do your
                                parents and your (husband/wife) get
                           2                                                2
                                along? Very well, pretty well, or not too
                                well?

                                When you first got married, was either of
                           3                                                3
                                your in-laws unhappy about the marriage?

                                How about now? How well do you and
                           4    your in-laws get along? Very well, pretty   4
                                well, or not too well?
                                How well do your friends get along with
                           5    your (husband/wife)? Very well, pretty      5
                                well, or not too well?
                                                                    How many of your close friends are also
                                                               6                                                  6
                                                                    close friends of your spouse?
                                                                    Does your (husband/wife) have the same
                                                               7                                                  7
                                                                    religious preference?

                                                                    How often do you and your
                                                               8                                                  8
                                                                    (husband/wife) attend church together?

                                                                    How many…[groups or clubs]...does your
                                                               9                                                  9
                                                                    (husband/wife) also belong to?
                                                                    Since you have been married, have you
                                                                    ever taken part in consciousness raising
                                                               10   groups, encounter groups, sensitivity or      10
                                                                    assertiveness training, or any activities
                                                                    similar to these?
Separation Proneness
                                                                    When your spouse is away, would you say
                                                               1    you miss (him/her) a great deal,              1
                                                                    somewhat, or hardly at all?

                                                                    When you stay home all day with your
                                                                    family, how often do you feel tired or
                                                               2                                                  2
                                                                    irritated? Would you say a lot of the time,
                                                                    some of the time, hardly ever, or never?

                       Sometimes, married people think they
                       would enjoy living apart from their     3    How often do you feel this way?               3
                       spouse.

                                                               4    Has this ever happened in your marriage?      4

                       Because of problems people are having
                       with their marriage, they sometimes
                       leave home either for a short time or
                       as a trial separation.
                    Because of problems people are having       Has this happened within the last three
                    with their marriage, they sometimes     5                                                 5
                                                                years?
                    leave home either for a short time or
                    as a trial separation.                  6   How many times?                               6
                                                            7   Who left the last time?                       7
                                                            8   How long were you separated?                  8
Divorce Proneness
                                                                Has the thought of getting a divorce or
                                                            1   separation crossed your mind (IN THE LAST     1
                                                                THREE YEARS)?
                                                            2   Are you thinking about it now?                2

                                                                Do you think divorce or separation might
                                                            3   be a good idea, are you uncertain about it,   3
                                                                or do you feel that it is not a good idea?

                                                                As far as you know, has the thought of
                                                                divorce or a separation crossed your
                                                            4                                                 4
                                                                (husband's/wife's) mind (IN THE LAST
                                                                THREE YEARS)?
                                                            5   Is (he/she) thinking about it now?            5
                                                                Do you think (he/she) feels divorce or a
                                                                separation might be a good idea, is
                                                            6                                                 6
                                                                uncertain about it, or believes it is not a
                                                                good idea?

                                                                Have you or your (husband/wife) ever
                                                            7                                                 7
                                                                seriously suggested the idea of divorce?
8    Has this been within the last three years?     8

9    Recently?                                      9
10   Did this happen more than once?                10
     Who started the (most recent)
11                                                  11
     conversation?

     During the conversation, did you generally
12   speak in favor of the idea, suggest it was     12
     not a good idea, or express uncertainty?

     During the conversation, did your
     (husband/wife) generally speak in favor of
13                                                  13
     the idea, suggest it was not a good idea, or
     express uncertainty?

     Does (he/she) feel more strongly, less
14                                                  14
     strongly, or the same as you about it?


15   Did you talk about consulting an attorney?     15

     What about child custody? Did you discuss
16                                                  16
     that?
17   What about dividing up the property?           17
     Have you talked about the problems of
18                                                  18
     living apart?
19   Have you talked about filing?                  19
                                                                                     Have you or your (husband/wife)
                                                                              20     consulted an attorney about a divorce or       20
                                                                                     separation?
                                                                                     Have you or your husband/wife filed a
                                                                              21                                                    21
                                                                                     divorce or separation petition?
                                                                                     Have you or your (husband/wife) filed a
                                                                              22     divorce or separation petition in the last
                                                                                     three years?
                                                                              23     What happened to the petition?                 23

                                                                                     Have you discussed a divorce or separation
                                                                              24                                                    24
                                                                                     with members of your family?

                                                                              25     Was this in the last three years?
                                                                                     Do they generally approve or disapprove
                                                                              26                                                    26
                                                                                     of the idea?
                                                                                     Have you discussed a divorce or separation
                                                                              27                                                    27
                                                                                     with a close friend?
                                                                              28     Was this in the last three years?

                                                                                     Does your friend generally approve or
                                                                              29                                                    29
                                                                                     disapprove of the idea?


Notes
a. For the "strain" construct, the index starting with "r" indicates the strain was from respondents, and the index starting with "s" indicates the strain was from spous



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dults
        Questions at Wave 1           Questions at Wave 2           Questions at Wave 3
                 Wording      Index            Wording      Index            Wording
How often do you eat your main meal            How often do you eat your main meal            How often do you eat your main meal
                                           1                                              1
together?                                      together?                                      together?
Go shopping together?                      2   Go shopping together?                      2   Go shopping together?
How often do you visit friends together?       How often do you visit friends together?       How often do you visit friends together?
                                           3                                              3

Work together on projects around the           Work together on projects around the           Work together on projects around the
                                           4                                              4
house?                                         house?                                         house?
When you go out -- say, to play cards,         When you go out--say to play cards,            When you go out -- say, to play cards,
bowling, or a movie -- how often do you    5   bowling, or a movie -- how often do you    5   bowling, or a movie --how often do you do
do this together?                              do this together?                              this together?
How much of this kind of work usually is               How much of this kind of work usually is               How much of this kind of work usually is
done by you? All of it, most of it, about              done by you? All of it, most of it, about              done by you? All of it, most of it, about
                                                   1                                                      1
half of it, less than half of it, or none of it?       half of it, less than half of it, or none of it?       half of it, less than half of it, or none of it?


Do you think this is fair, or do you think             Do you think this is fair, or do you think             Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                                                   2                                                      2
you do more than your share?                           you do more than your share?                           you do more than your share?
What about your spouse? Does (he/she)                  What about your spouse? Does (he/she)                  What about your spouse? Does (he/she)
think the current arrangement is fair or               think the current arrangement is fair or               think the current arrangement is fair or
that (he/she) is doing more than (his/her)         3   that (he/she) is doing more than (his/her)         3   that (he/she) is doing more than (his/her)
share?                                                 share?                                                 share?

Do you and your (husband/wife) have                    Do you and your (husband/wife) have                    Do you and your (husband/wife) have
arguments or disagreements about                       arguments or disagreements about                       arguments or disagreements about
                                                   4                                                      4
whether one of you is doing their share of             whether one of you is doing their share of             whether one of you is doing their share of
the housework?                                         the housework?                                         the housework?
How much of the looking after children                How much of the looking after children
usually is done by you? All of it, most of it,        usually is done by you? All of it, most of it,
                                                  5
about half of it, less than half of it, or none       about half of it, less than half of it, or none
of it?                                                of it?

Do you think this is fair, or do you think            Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                                                  6
you do more than your share?                          you do more than your share?
What about your spouse? Does (he/she)                 What about your spouse? Does (he/she)
think the current arrangement is fair or              think the current arrangement is fair or
                                                  7
that (he/she) is doing more than (his/her)            that (he/she) is doing more than (his/her)
share?                                                share?

Do you and your (husband/wife) have                   Do you and your (husband/wife) have
arguments or disagreements about                      arguments or disagreements about
                                                  8
whether one of you is doing their share of            whether one of you is doing their share of
looking after the children?                           looking after the children?




Are there any kinds of decisions made                 Are there any kinds of decisions made                 Are there any kinds of decisions made
around your house where your decision is          1   around your house where your decision is          1   around your house where your decision is
the final word?                                       the final word?                                       the final word?
What about your spouse? Are there any                 What about your spouse? Are there any                 What about your spouse? Are there any
kinds of decisions where (his/her) decision       2   kinds of decisions where (his/her) decision       2   kinds of decisions where (his/her) decision
is the final word?                                    is the final word?                                    is the final word?
Overall, considering all the kinds of              Overall, considering all the kinds of              Overall, considering all the kinds of
decisions you two make, does your spouse           decisions you two make, does your spouse           decisions you two make, does your spouse
                                              3                                                  3
more often have the final word or do you?          more often have the final word or do you?          more often have the final word or do you?


Overall, are you satisfied with the amount         Overall, are you satisfied with the amount         Overall, are you satisfied with the amount
of influence you have in family decision      4    of influence you have in family decision      4    of influence you have in family decision
making?                                            making?                                            making?


Has this (fair/poor) health condition put a        Has this (fair/poor) health condition put a
                                              r1
strain on your marriage?                           strain on your marriage?
Do you have any permanent health or                Do you have any permanent health or                Do you have any permanent health or
physical conditions that restrict your             physical conditions that restrict your             physical conditions that restrict your
ability to move about or limit you in         r2   ability to move about or limit you in         r2   ability to move about or limit you in
dressing, bathing, eating, working, or             dressing, bathing, eating, working, or             dressing, bathing, eating, working, or
keeping house?                                     keeping house?                                     keeping house?

Has this put a strain on your marriage?       r3   Has this put a strain on your marriage?
Did this lead you to cut down on your              Did this lead you to cut down on your              Did this lead you to cut down on your
activities for several days or more?               activities for several days or more ?              activities for several days or more?

                                              r4                                                 r4




Has this put a strain on your marriage?       r5   Has this put a strain on your marriage?
Has this (fair/poor) health condition put a        Has this (fair/poor) health condition put a
strain on your marriage?                      s1   strain on your marriage?
Does your (husband/wife) have any                  Does your (husband/wife) have any                Does your (husband/wife) have any
permanent health or physical condition             permanent health or physical condition           permanent health or physical condition
that restricts (his/her) ability to move           that restricts (his/her) ability to move         that restricts (his/her) ability to move
about or limits (him/her) in dressing,        s2   about or limits (him/her) in dressing,      s2   about or limits (him/her) in dressing,
bathing, eating, working, or keeping               bathing, eating, working, or keeping             bathing, eating, working, or keeping
house?                                             house?                                           house?

Has this put a strain on your marriage?       s3   Has this put a strain on your marriage?
Did this lead (him/her) to cut down on             Did this lead (him/her) to cut down on           Did this lead (him/her) to cut down on
(his/her) activities for several days or      s4   (his/her) activities for several days or    s4   (his/her) activities?
more?                                              more?
Has this put a strain on your marriage?       s5   Has this put a strain on your marriage?


With the amount of understanding you               With the amount of understanding you             With the amount of understanding you
                                              1                                                1
receive from your (husband/wife)?                  receive from your (husband/wife)?                receive from your (husband/wife)?
With the amount of love and affection you          With the amount of love and affection you        With the amount of love and affection you
                                              2                                                2
receive?                                           receive?                                         receive?
With the extent to which you and your              With the extent to which you and your            With the extent to which you and your
                                              3                                                3
spouse agree about things?                         spouse agree about things?                       spouse agree about things?
With your sexual relationship?                4    With your sexual relationship?              4    With your sexual relationship?
If children in the household, ask: With the        With the way your spouse gets along with         With the way your spouse gets along with
way your spouse gets along with your          5    your children?                              5    your children?
children?
With your spouse's performance as a                With your spouse's performance as a              With your spouse's performance as a
                                              6                                                6
breadwinner?                                       breadwinner?                                     breadwinner?
With your spouse as someone who takes              With your spouse as someone who takes            With your spouse as someone who takes
                                              7                                                7
care of things around the house?                   care of things around the house?                 care of things around the house?
With your spouse as someone to do things       With your spouse as someone to do things        With your spouse as someone to do things
                                           8                                              8
with?                                          with?                                           with?
With your spouse's faithfulness to you?    9   With your spouse's faithfulness to you?    9    With your spouse's faithfulness to you?
                                                                                               With your marriage?
                                                                                          10




How often do you disagree with your            How often do you disagree with your             How often do you disagree with your
                                           1                                              1
(husband/wife)?                                (husband/wife)?                                 (husband/wife)?

How many serious quarrels have you had         How many serious quarrels have you had          How many serious quarrels have you had
                                           2                                              2
with your spouse in the past two months?       with your spouse in the past two months?        with your spouse in the past two months?
Has this ever happened between you and           Has this ever happened between you and        Has this ever happened between you and
                                            3                                             3
your (husband/wife)?                             your (husband/wife)?                          your (husband/wife)?



How many times has it happened over the
last three years?


Get angry easily?                           1    Gets angry easily?                       1    Gets angry easily?
Has feelings that are easily hurt?          2    Has feelings that are easily hurt?       2    Has feelings that are easily hurt?
Is jealous?                                 3    Is jealous?                              3    Is jealous?
Is domineering?                             4    Is domineering?                          4    Is domineering?
Is critical?                                5    Is critical?                             5    Is critical?
Is moody?                                   6    Is moody?                                6    Is moody?
Won't talk to the other?                    7    Won't talk to the other?                 7    Won't talk to the other?
Has had a sexual relationship with               Has had a sexual relationship with            Has had a sexual relationship with
                                            8                                             8
someone else?                                    someone else?                                 someone else?
Has irritating habits?                      9    Has irritating habits?                   9    Has irritating habits?
Is not at home enough?                      10   Is not at home enough?                   10   Is not at home enough?
Spends money foolishly?                     11   Spends money foolishly?                  11   Spends money foolishly?
Drinks or uses drugs?                       12   Drinks or uses drugs?                    12   Drinks or uses drugs?
Has been in trouble with the law?           13   Has been in trouble with the law?        13   Has been in trouble with the law?
If children, ask: Is sometimes abusive to
                                            14   Is sometimes too mean to the children?
the children?
                                            15   Has become less interested in sex?       15   Has become less interested in sex?
Have you ever thought your marriage                Have you ever thought your marriage                Have you ever thought your marriage
                                              1                                                  1
might be in trouble?                               might be in trouble?                               might be in trouble?

How long ago did you first feel that way?     2    How long ago did you first feel that way?     2    How long ago did you first feel that way?

If married more than 3 years, ask: Have
                                                   Have you thought this within the last three        Have you thought this within the last three
you thought this within the last three        3                                                  3
                                                   years?                                             years?
years?
Do you feel this way now?                     4    Do you feel this way now?                     4    Do you feel this way now?

As far as you know, has your spouse ever           As far as you know, has your spouse ever           As far as you know, has your spouse ever
                                              5                                                  5
thought your marriage was in trouble?              thought your marriage was in trouble?              thought your marriage was in trouble?

If married more than 3 years, ask: Has
                                                   Has (he/she) thought this way in the last          Has (he/she) thought this way in the last
(he/she) thought this way in the last three   6                                                  6
                                                   three years?                                       three years?
years?
Does (he/she) feel this way now?              7    Does (he/she) feel this way now?              7    Does (he/she) feel this way now?
Have you talked with your (husband/wife)
about these problems?
Have you ever talked with family                   Have you ever talked with family                   Have you ever talked with family
members, friends, clergy, counselors, or           members, friends, clergy, counselors, or           members, friends, clergy, counselors, or
                                              9                                                  9
social workers about problems in your              social workers about problems in your              social workers about problems in your
marriage?                                          marriage?                                          marriage?

If married more than 3 years, ask: Have            Have you talked with them about your               Have you talked with them about your
you talked with them about your marital       10   marital problems within the last three        10   marital problems within the last three
problems within the last three years?              years?                                             years?

Family?
Friends?
Clergy, doctor, or counselor?
Other?
Have you talked with them recently?         15   Have you talked with them recently?         15   Have you talked with them recently?
As far as you know, has your                     As far as you know, has your                     As far as you know, has your
(husband/wife) talked with relatives,            (husband/wife) talked with relatives,            (husband/wife) talked with relatives,
friends, or a counselor about problems      16   friends, or a counselor about problems      16   friends, or a counselor about problems
either of you were having with your              either of you were having with your              either of you were having with your
marriage?                                        marriage?                                        marriage?

If married more than 3 years, ask: Has
                                                 Has (he/she) talked with any of them             Has (he/she) talked with any of them
(he/she) talked with any of them within     17                                               17
                                                 within the last three years?                     within the last three years?
the last three years?
Has (he/she) done so recently?              18   Has (he/she) done so recently?              18   Has (he/she) done so recently?



Taking all things together, how would you        Taking all things together, how would you        Taking all things together, how would you
describe your marriage? Would you say            describe your marriage? Would you say            describe your marriage? Would you say
                                            1                                                1
that your marriage is very happy, pretty         that your marriage is very happy, pretty         that your marriage is very happy, pretty
happy, or not too happy?                         happy, or not too happy?                         happy, or not too happy?

If you had to do it all over again, would        If you had to do it all over again, would        If you had to do it all over again, would
you marry someone else, the same            2    you marry someone else, the same            2    you marry someone else, the same
person, or not marry at all?                     person, or not marry at all?                     person, or not marry at all?
When you were thinking about getting
married, did you ever have doubts about
whether this was the best marriage for
you?
Compared to other marriages you know                  Compared to other marriages you know                  Compared to other marriages you know
about, do you think your marriage is                  about, do you think your marriage is                  about, do you think your marriage is
                                                 4                                                     4
better than most, about the same as most,             better than most, about the same as most,             better than most, about the same as most,
or not as good as most?                               or not as good as most?                               or not as good as most?

Comparing your marriage to three years                Comparing your marriage to three years                Comparing your marriage to three years
ago, is your marriage getting better,            5    ago, is your marriage getting better,            5    ago, is your marriage getting better,
staying the same, or getting worse?                   staying the same, or getting worse?                   staying the same, or getting worse?
What do you see as the future of your                 What do you see as the future of your
marriage? Is it likely to get better, stay the   6    marriage? Is it likely to get better, stay the
same, or get worse?                                   same, or get worse?

Would you say the feelings of love you                Would you say the feelings of love you                Would you say the feelings of love you
have for your (husband/wife) are                      have for your (husband/wife) are                      have for your (husband/wife) are
                                                 7                                                     7
extremely strong, very strong, pretty                 extremely strong, very strong, pretty                 extremely strong, very strong, pretty
strong, not too strong, or not strong at all?         strong, not too strong, or not strong at all?         strong, not too strong, or not strong at all?

How about your (husband's/wife's)                     How about your (husband's/wife's)
feelings of love for you? Would you say               feelings of love for you? Would you say
they are extremely strong, very strong,          8    they are extremely strong, very strong,
pretty strong, not too strong, or not strong          pretty strong, not too strong, or not strong
at all?                                               at all?
Often, one partner in a marriage gives                Often, one partner in a marriage gives                Often, one partner in a marriage gives
more than the other. Do you feel that one             more than the other. Do you feel that one             more than the other. Do you feel that one
                                                 9                                                     9
of you gives more to the marriage than the            of you gives more to the marriage than the            of you gives more to the marriage than the
other?                                                other?                                                other?
If yes, who?                                     10   Who?                                             10   Who?
When you compare how attractive you are
in relation to your (husband/wife), would
you say (he/she) is more attractive than
you, about the same, or less attractive
than you?

How about intelligence? Do you think
(he/she) is more intelligent than you,
about the same, or less intelligent?
                                                 We would like to know what aspects of
                                            13   your life you are evaluating. Are you
                                                 evaluating your marriage?


When you first got married, was either of
your parents unhappy with your choice of
a (husband/wife)?

How about now? How well do your
parents and your (husband/wife) get along
very well, pretty well, or not too well?


When you first got married, was either of
your in-laws unhappy about the marriage?

How about now? How well do you and
your in-laws get along? Very well, pretty
well, or not too well?
How well do your friends get along with
your (husband/wife)? Very well, pretty
well, or not too well?
How many of your close friends are also           How many of your close friends are also        How many of your close friends are also
                                              6                                              6
close friends of your spouse?                     close friends of your spouse?                  close friends of your spouse?
Does your (husband/wife) have the same
religious preference?

How often do you and your                                                                        How often do you and your
                                                                                             8
(husband/wife) attend church together?                                                           (husband/wife) attend church together?

How many…[groups or clubs]...does your                                                           How many…[groups or clubs]...does your
                                                                                             9
(husband/wife) also belong to?                                                                   (husband/wife) also belong to?
Since you have been married, have you
ever taken part in consciousness raising
groups, encounter groups, sensitivity or
assertiveness training, or any activities
similar to these?


When your spouse is away, would you say           When your spouse is away, would you say
you miss (him/her) a great deal,              1   you miss (him/her) a great deal,
somewhat, or hardly at all?                       somewhat, or hardly at all?

When you stay home all day with your
family, how often do you feel tired or
irritated? Would you say a lot of the time,
some of the time, hardly ever, or never?


How often do you feel this way?               3   How often do you feel this way?            3   How often do you feel this way?


Has this ever happened in your marriage?      4   Has this ever happened in your marriage?   4   Has this ever happened in your marriage?
Has this happened within the last three           Has this happened within the last three         Has this happened within the last three
                                              5                                               5
years?                                            years?                                          years?
How many times?                               6   How many times?                             6   How many times in the last three years?
Who left the last time?                       7   Who left the last time?                     7   Who left the last time?
How long were you separated?                  8   How long were you separated?                8   How long were you separated?


Has the thought of getting a divorce or           Has the thought of getting a divorce or         Has the thought of getting a divorce or
separation crossed your mind (IN THE LAST     1   separation crossed your mind in the last    1   separation crossed your mind in the last
THREE YEARS)?                                     three years?                                    three years?
Are you thinking about it now?                2   Are you thinking about it now?              2   Are you thinking about it now?

Do you think divorce or separation might
be a good idea, are you uncertain about it,
or do you feel that it is not a good idea?

As far as you know, has the thought of            As far as you know, has the thought of          As far as you know, has the thought of
divorce or a separation crossed your              divorce or a separation crossed your            divorce or a separation crossed your
                                              4                                               4
(husband's/wife's) mind (IN THE LAST              (husband's/wife's) mind in the last three       (husband's/wife's) mind in the last three
THREE YEARS)?                                     years?                                          years?
Is (he/she) thinking about it now?            5   Is (he/she) thinking about it now?          5   Is (he/she) thinking about it now?
Do you think (he/she) feels divorce or a
separation might be a good idea, is
uncertain about it, or believes it is not a
good idea?

Have you or your (husband/wife) ever              Have you or your (husband/wife) ever            Have you or your (husband/wife) ever
                                              7                                               7
seriously suggested the idea of divorce?          seriously suggested the idea of divorce?        seriously suggested the idea of divorce?
Has this been within the last three years?     8    Has this been within the last three years?   8    Has this been within the last three years?

Recently?                                      9    Recently?                                    9    Recently?
Did this happen more than once?
Who started the (most recent)                       Who started the (most recent)                     Who started the (most recent)
                                               11                                                11
conversation?                                       conversation?                                     conversation?

During the conversation, did you generally          During the conversation, did you generally        During the conversation, did you generally
speak in favor of the idea, suggest it was     12   speak in favor of the idea, suggest it was   12   speak in favor of the idea, suggest it was
not a good idea, or express uncertainty?            not a good idea, or express uncertainty?          not a good idea, or express uncertainty?

During the conversation, did your
(husband/wife) generally speak in favor of
the idea, suggest it was not a good idea, or
express uncertainty?

Does (he/she) feel more strongly, less
strongly, or the same as you about it?


Did you talk about consulting an attorney?     15   Did you talk about consulting an attorney?   15   Did you talk about consulting an attorney?

What about child custody, did you discuss
that?
What about dividing up the property?           17   What about dividing up the property?         17   What about dividing up the property?
Have you talked about the problems of
living apart?
Have you talked about filing?                  19   Have you talked about filing?                19   Have you talked about filing?
              Have you or your (husband/wife)                   Have you or your (husband/wife)                   Have you or your (husband/wife)
              consulted an attorney about a divorce or     20   consulted an attorney about a divorce or     20   consulted an attorney about a divorce or
              separation?                                       separation in the last three years?               separation in the last three years?
              Have you or your husband/wife filed a
              divorce or separation petition?
                                                                Have you or your (husband/wife) filed a           Have you or your (husband/wife) filed a
                                                           22   divorce or separation petition in the last   22   divorce or separation petition in the last
                                                                three years?                                      three years?
              What happened to the petition?

              Have you discussed a divorce or separation        Have you discussed a divorce or separation
                                                           24
              with members of your family?                      with members of your family?

                                                           25   Was this in the last three years?
              Do they generally approve or disapprove           Do they generally approve or disapprove
                                                           26
              of the idea?                                      of the idea?
              Have you discussed a divorce or separation        Have you discussed a divorce or separation
                                                           27
              with a close friend?                              with a close friend?
                                                           28   Was this in the last three years?

              Does your friend generally approve or             Does your friend generally approve or
                                                           29
              disapprove of the idea?                           disapprove of the idea?



with "s" indicates the strain was from spouses.
               Questions at Wave 4                             Questions at Wave 5           Questions at Wave 6
Index                    Wording                       Index            Wording      Index




        Even with the most loving couples, a
 1      satisfying relationship doesn't just happen;
        it is the result of a lot of work.
        Couples who have a satisfying relationship
        are constantly trying to improve it; a good
 2
        relationship doesn't just happen.


        The unhappy times in our marriage just
 3      seem to happen regardless of what I do.


        There are always things I can do to end an
 4      argument with my spouse that leaves us
        feeling better.
        When I want my (husband/wife) to do
        something (she/he) hadn't planned on, it's
 5
        often difficult to get (him/her) to do it.
     Difficulties with my spouse often start with
6
     chance remarks.
     When things begin to get rough in my
7    marriage, I can see that I had a hand in it.


     Something more than a couple's effort is
     needed to bring about a satisfactory
8
     marriage; it's a special magic that is either
     there or it isn't.

     Good communication in a marriage is a
9
     matter of learning and applying skills.
     Putting effort into the relationship will
10   practically guarantee a successful
     marriage.
     If my marriage were a long, happy one, I'd
11
     say that I must just be very lucky.
     How well I get along with my
12   (husband/wife) depends mostly on how
     (he/she) is feeling that day.
     At times, there doesn't seem to be any
13   way out of a disagreement with my
     (husband/wife).
     Couples who seldom fight with each other
14
     have just been very lucky.
     It seems to me that maintaining a smooth
15   running marriage is a matter of skill, not
     luck.
     I find that day-to-day events have a lot of
16   influence on how my (husband/wife) and I
     get along.
     If we put our minds to it, my
     (husband/wife) and I can get along happily
17
     in the most trying circumstances.


     When we have an unpleasant time in our
18   marriage, I can always see how I helped to
     bring it about.
     Circumstances play a small role in causing
19   marital happiness; it is largely a matter of
     our own doing.
     When I look over the course of my
20   marriage, I can't help but think that it was
     just meant to be the way it is.


     How often do you eat your main meal            1   How often do you eat your main meal        1
1
     together?                                          together?
2    Go shopping together?                          2   Go shopping together?                      2
     How often do you visit friends together?       3   How often do you visit friends together?   3
3

     Work together on projects around the           4   Work together on projects around the       4
4
     house?                                             house?
     When you go out -- say, to play cards,         5   When you go out -- say, to play cards,     5
5    bowling, or a movie -- how often do you            bowling, or a movie -- how often do you
     do this together?                                  do this together?
6


7


8


9


10


11


12


13
14


15



16




17
18
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    How much of this kind of work usually is           1   How much of this kind of work usually is           1
    done by you -- all of it, most of it, about            done by you -- all of it, most of it, about
1
    half of it, less than half of it, or none of it?       half of it, less than half of it, or none of it?


    Do you think this is fair, or do you think         2   Do you think this is fair, or do you think         2
2
    you do more than your share?                           you do more than your share?
    What about your spouse? Does (he/she)              3   What about your spouse? Does (he/she)              3
    think the current arrangement is fair or               think the current arrangement is fair or
3   that (he/she) is doing more than (his/her)             that (he/she) is doing more than (his/her)
    share?                                                 share?

    Do you and your (husband/wife) have                4   Do you and your spouse have arguments              4
    arguments or disagreements about                       or disagreements about whether one of
4
    whether one of you is doing their share of             you is doing their share of the housework?
    the housework?
                                                  5   How much of the looking after children           5
                                                      usually is done by you? All of it, most of it,
                                                      about half of it, less than half, or none of
                                                      it?

                                                  6   Do you think this is fair, or do you think       6
                                                      you do more than your share?
                                                  7   What about your spouse? Does (he/she)            7
                                                      think the current arrangement is fair or
                                                      that they are doing more than their share?


                                                  8   Do you and your spouse have arguments            8
                                                      or disagreements about whether one of
                                                      you is doing their share of the housework?


                                                  9   Is the way you divide up the child care          9
                                                      mostly the way you want it, the way your
                                                      spouse wants it, or the way you both want
                                                      it?


    Are there any kinds of decisions made         1   Are there any kinds of decisions made            1
1   around your house where your decision is          around your house where your decision is
    the final word?                                   the final word?
    What about your spouse -- are there any       2   What about your spouse -- are there any          2
2   kinds of decisions where (his/her) decision       kinds of decisions where (his/her) decision
    is the final word?                                is the final word?
     Overall, considering all the kinds of        3    Overall, considering all the kinds of         3
     decisions you two make, does your spouse          decisions you two make, does your spouse
3
     more often have the final word or do you?         more often have the final word or do you?


     Overall, are you satisfied with the amount   4    Overall, are you satisfied with the amount    4
4    of influence you have in family decision          of influence you have in family decision
     making?                                           making?




                                                  r2   Do you have any permanent health or           r2
                                                       physical conditions that restrict your
                                                       ability to move about or limit you in
                                                       dressing, bathing, eating, working, or
                                                       keeping house?


     Did this lead you to cut down on your        r4   In the last three years, were there ever      r4
     activities for several days or more?              times when you were extremely unhappy,
                                                       nervous, irritable, or depressed? Did this
r4                                                     lead you to cut down on your activities for
                                                       several days or more?
     Does your (husband/wife) have any           s2   Does your spouse have any permanent           s2
     permanent health or physical condition           health or physical condition that restricts
     that restricts (his/her) ability to move         (his/her) ability to move about or limits
s2   about or limits (him/her) in dressing,           (him/her) in dressing, bathing, eating,
     bathing, eating, working, or keeping             working, or keeping house?
     house?


     Did this lead (him/her) to cut down on      s4   Did this lead (him/her) to cut down on        s4
s4   (his/her) activities for several days or         (his/her) activities for several days or
     more?                                            more?




     With the amount of understanding you        1    With the amount of understanding you          1
1
     receive from your (husband/wife)?                receive from your (husband/wife)?
     With the amount of love and affection you   2    With the amount of love and affection you     2
2
     receive?                                         receive?
     With the extent to which you and your       3    With the extent to which you and your         3
3
     spouse agree about things?                       spouse agree about things?
4    With your sexual relationship?              4    With your sexual relationship?                4
     How happy are you with the way your         5    How happy are you with the way your
5    spouse gets along with your children?            spouse gets along with your child?


     With your spouse's performance as a         6    With your spouse's performance as a
6
     breadwinner?                                     breadwinner?
     With your spouse as someone who takes       7    With your spouse as someone who takes         7
7
     care of things around the house?                 care of things around the house?
     With your spouse as someone to do things       8    With your spouse as someone to do things   8
8
     with?                                               with?
9    With your spouse's faithfulness to you?        9    With your spouse's faithfulness to you?    9
     How much satisfaction do you get from          10   How much satisfaction do you get from
10
     your marriage?                                      your marriage?
     With the quality of your marriage relative
11   to other marriages you know about?


     The extent to which your (husband/wife) is
12   fulfilling (his/her) responsibilities to the
     marriage.
     How well your (husband/wife) is fulfilling
13
     your needs.

     The extent to which your marriage is
14
     meeting your original expectations.



     How often do you disagree with your                 How often do you disagree with your
1                                                   1                                               1
     (husband/wife)?                                     (husband/wife)?

     How many serious quarrels have you had              How many serious quarrels have you had
2                                                   2                                               2
     with your spouse in the past two months?            with your spouse in the past two months?
     Has this ever happened between you and        Has this ever happened between you and
3                                             3                                             3
     your (husband/wife)?                          your (husband/wife)?




1    Get angry easily?                        1    Get angry easily?                        1
2    Has feelings that are easily hurt?       2    Has feelings that are easily hurt?       2
3    Is jealous?                              3    Is jealous?                              3
4    Is domineering?                          4    Is domineering?                          4
5    Is critical?                             5    Is critical?                             5
6    Is moody?                                6    Is moody?                                6
7    Won't talk to the other?                 7    Won't talk to the other?                 7
     Has had a sexual relationship with            Has had a sexual relationship with
8                                             8                                             8
     someone else?                                 someone else?
9    Has irritating habits?                   9    Has irritating habits?                   9
10   Is not at home enough?                   10   Is not at home enough?                   10
11   Spends money foolishly                   11   Spends money foolishly                   11
12   Drinks or uses drugs?                    12   Drinks or uses drugs?                    12
13   Has been in trouble with the law?        13   Has been in trouble with the law?        13



15   Has become less interested in sex?       15   Has become less interested in sex?       15
     Have you ever thought your marriage                Have you ever thought your marriage
1                                                  1                                                  1
     might be in trouble?                               might be in trouble?

2    How long ago did you first feel that way?     2    How long ago did you first feel that way?     2


     Have you thought this within the last three        Have you thought this within the last three
3                                                  3                                                  3
     years?                                             years?

4    Do you feel this way now?                     4    Do you feel this way now?                     4

     As far as you know, has your spouse ever           As far as you know, has your spouse ever
5                                                  5                                                  5
     thought your marriage was in trouble?              thought your marriage was in trouble?


     Has (he/she) thought this way in the last          Has (he/she) thought this way in the last
6                                                  6                                                  6
     three years?                                       three years?

7    Does (he/she) feel this way now?              7    Does (he/she) feel this way now?              7




     Have you ever talked with family                   Have you ever talked with family
     members, friends, clergy, counselors, or           members, friends, clergy, counselors, or
9                                                  9                                                  9
     social workers about problems in your              social workers about problems in your
     marriage?                                          marriage?

     Have you talked with them about your               Have you talked with them about your
10   marital problems within the last three        10   marital problems within the last three        10
     years?                                             years?
15   Have you talked with them recently?         15   Have you talked with them recently?         15
     As far as you know, has your                     As far as you know, has your
     (husband/wife) talked with relatives,            (husband/wife) talked with relatives,
16   friends, or a counselor about problems      16   friends, or a counselor about problems      16
     either of you were having with your              either of you were having with your
     marriage?                                        marriage?

     Has (he/she) talked with any of them             Has (he/she) talked with any of them
17                                               17                                               17
     within the last three years?                     within the last three years?

18   Has (he/she) done so recently?              18   Has your spouse done so recently?           18



     Taking all things together, how would you        Taking all things together, how would you
     describe your marriage? Would you say            describe your marriage? Would you say
1                                                1                                                1
     that your marriage is very happy, pretty         that your marriage is very happy, pretty
     happy, or not too happy?                         happy, or not too happy?

     If you had to do it all over again, would        If you had it to do all over again, would
2    you marry someone else, the same            2    you marry someone else, the same
     person, or not marry at all?                     person, or not marry at all?
     Compared to other marriages you know                 Compared to other marriages you know
     about, do you think your marriage is                 about, do you think your marriage is
4                                                    4                                                  4
     better than most, about the same as most,            better than most, about the same as most,
     or not as good as most?                              or not as good as most?

     Comparing your marriage to three years               Comparing your marriage to three years
5    ago, is your marriage getting better,           5    ago, is your marriage getting better,         5
     staying the same, or getting worse?                  staying the same, or getting worse?




     Would you say the feelings of love you               Would you say the feelings of love you
     have for your (husband/wife) are                     have for your spouse are extremely strong,
7                                                    7                                                  7
     extremely strong, very strong, pretty                very strong, pretty strong, not too strong,
     strong, not too strong, or not strong at all?        or not strong at all?




     Often, one partner in a marriage gives               Often, one partner in a marriage gives
     more than the other. Do you feel that one            more than the other. Do you feel that one
9                                                    9                                                  9
     of you gives more to the marriage than the           of you gives more to the marriage than the
     other?                                               other?
10   Who?                                            10   Who?                                          10
     When you compare how attractive you are
     in relation to your spouse, would you say
11   (he/she) is more attractive than you are,
     about the same, or
     less attractive than you?

     How about your intelligence? Do you think
12   (he/she) is more intelligent than you,
     about the same, or less intelligent?
    How many of your close friends are also         How many of your close friends are also
6                                              6                                               6
    close friends of your spouse?                   close friends of your spouse?




    How often do you and your                       How often do you and your spouse attend
8                                              8                                               8
    (husband/wife) attend church together?          church together?

    How many…[groups or clubs]...does your          How many…[groups or clubs]...does your
9                                              10                                              9
    (husband/wife) also belong to?                  spouse also belong to?




3   How often do you feel this way?            3    How often do you feel this way?            3


4   Has this ever happened in your marriage?   4    Has this ever happened in your marriage?   4
    Has this happened within the last three         Has this happen within the last three
5                                               5                                               5
    years?                                          years?
6   How many times within the last three        6   How many times within the last three        6
    years?                                          years?
7   Who left the last time?                     7   Who left the last time?                     7
8   How long were you separated (the last       8   How long were you separated (the last       8


    Has the thought of getting a divorce or         Has the thought of getting a divorce or
1   separation crossed your mind in the last    1   separation crossed your mind in the last    1
    three years?                                    three years?
2   Are you thinking about it now?              2   Are you thinking about it now?              2




    As far as you know, has the thought of          As far as you know, has the thought of
    divorce or separation crossed your              divorce or a separation crossed your
4                                               4                                               4
    (husband's/wife's) mind in the last three       (husband's/wife's) mind in the last three
    years?                                          years?
5   Is (he/she) thinking abut it now?           5   Is your spouse thinking about it now?       5




    Have you or your (husband/wife) ever            Have you or your spouse ever seriously
7                                               7                                               7
    seriously suggested the idea of divorce?        suggested the idea of divorce?
8    Has this been within the last three years?   8    Has this been within the last three years?   8

9    Recently?                                    9    Recently?                                    9


     Who started the (most recent)                     Who started the (most recent)
11                                                11                                                11
     conversation?                                     conversation?

     During the conversation, did you generally        During the conversation did you generally
12   speak in favor of the idea, suggest it was   12   speak in favor of the idea, suggest it was   12
     not a good idea, or express uncertainty?          not a good idea, or express uncertainty?




15   Did you talk about consulting an attorney?   15   Did you talk about consulting an attorney?   15




17   What about dividing up the property?         17   What about dividing up the property?         17



19   Have you talked about filing?                19   Have you talked about filing?                19
     Have you or your (husband/wife)                   Have you or your (husband/wife)
20   consulted an attorney about a divorce or     20   consulted an attorney about a divorce or     20
     separation in the last three years?               separation in the last three years?




     Have you or your (husband/wife) filed a           Have you or your (husband/wife) filed a
22   divorce or separation petition in the last   22   divorce or separation petition in the last   22
     three years?                                      three years?
Questions at Wave 6
         Wording
How often do you eat your main meal
together?
Go shopping together?
How often do you visit friends together?


Work together on projects around the
house?
When you go out -- say, to play cards,
bowling, or a movie -- how often do you
do this together?
Make you feel (he/she) is there for you
when you really need (him/her)?
Let you down when you are counting on
(him/her)?
Make you feel (he/she) really cares about
you?
Make you feel you can talk to (him/her)
about your worries?
Expect more from you than (he/she) is
willing to give?
Act as if (he/she) is the only important
person in the family?
Make you feel you can tell (him/her)
anything?
Insist on having (his/her) own way?
Give you a sense of emotional security and
well being?
Make you feel you could not turn to
(him/her) for support when you have a
problem?
Make you feel uncertain that (he/she)
would give you the care you need if you
became ill with a prolonged illness?


Insist that you agree with (him/her)?
Criticize your ideas?
Let you know that (he/she) appreciates
you, your ideas, or the things you do?


Not listen to you?
 I feel personally responsible for my
spouse's well-being.
If my spouse were feeling badly, my first
duty would be to cheer him/her up.
I would do almost anything for my spouse.


One of my primary concerns is my
spouse's welfare.


How much of this kind of work usually is
done by you -- all of it, most of it, about
half of it, less than half of it, or none of it?


Do you think this is fair, or do you think
you do more than your share?
What about your spouse? Does (he/she)
think the current arrangement is fair or
that (he/she) is doing more than (his/her)
share?

Do you and your spouse have arguments
or disagreements about whether one of
you is doing their share of the housework?
How much of the looking after children
usually is done by you? All of it, most of it,
about half of it, less than half, or none of
it?

Do you think this is fair, or do you think
you do more than your share?
What about your spouse? Does your
spouse think the current arrangement is
fair or that (he/she) is doing more than
(his/her) share?

Do you and your spouse have arguments
or disagreements about whether one of
you is doing their share of looking after the
children?

Is the way you divide up the child care
mostly the way you want it, the way your
spouse wants it, or the way you both want
it?


Are there any kinds of decisions made
around your house where your decision is
the final word?
What about your spouse -- are there any
kinds of decisions where (his/her) decision
is the final word?
Overall, considering all the kinds of
decisions you two make, does your spouse
more often have the final word or do you?


Overall, are you satisfied with the amount
of influence you have in family decision
making?




Do you have any permanent health or
physical conditions that restrict your
ability to move about or limit you in
dressing, bathing, eating, working, or
keeping house?


Did this lead you to cut down on your
activities for several days or more?
Does your spouse have any permanent
health or physical condition that restricts
(his/her) ability to move about or limits
(him/her) in dressing, bathing, eating,
working, or keeping house?




Did this lead (him/her) to cut down on
(his/her) activities for several days or
more?




With the amount of understanding you
receive from your (husband/wife)?
With the amount of love and affection you
receive?
With the extent to which you and your
spouse agree about things?
With your sexual relationship?




With your spouse as someone who takes
care of things around the house?
With your spouse as someone to do things
with?
With your spouse's faithfulness to you?




How often do you disagree with your
(husband/wife)?

How many serious quarrels have you had
with your spouse in the past two months?
Has this ever happened between you and
your (husband/wife)?




Get angry easily?
Has feelings that are easily hurt?
Is jealous?
Is domineering?
Is critical?
Is moody?
Won't talk to the other?
Has had a sexual relationship with
someone else?
Has irritating habits?
Is not at home enough?
Spends money foolishly?
Drinks or uses drugs?
Has been in trouble with the law?



Has become less interested in sex?
Have you ever thought your marriage
might be in trouble?

How long ago did you first feel that way?


Have you thought this within the last three
years?

Do you feel this way now?

As far as you know, has your spouse ever
thought your marriage was in trouble?


Has (he/she) thought this way in the last
three years?

Does (he/she) feel this way now?




Have you ever talked with family
members, friends, clergy, counselors, or
social workers about problems in your
marriage?

Have you talked with them about your
marital problems within the last three
years?
Have you talked with them recently?

As far as you know, has your spouse talked
with relatives, friends, or a counselor
about problems either of you were having
with your marriage?


Has your spouse talked with any of them
within the last three years?

Has your spouse done so recently?



Taking all things together, how would you
describe your marriage? Would you say
that your marriage is very happy, pretty
happy, or not too happy?
Compared to other marriages you know
about, do you think your marriage is
better than most, about the same as most,
or not as good as most?

Comparing your marriage to three years
ago, is your marriage getting better,
staying the same, or getting worse?




Would you say the feelings of love you
have for your spouse are extremely strong,
very strong, pretty strong, not too strong,
or not strong at all?




Often, one partner in a marriage gives
more than the other. Do you feel that one
of you gives more to the marriage than the
other?
Who gives more?
How many of your close friends are also
close friends of your spouse?




How often do you and your spouse attend
church together?

How many…[groups or clubs]...does your
spouse also belong to?




How often do you feel this way?


Has this ever happened in your marriage?
Has this happened within the last three
years?
How many times within the last three
years?
Who left the last time?
How long were you separated (the last


Has the thought of getting a divorce or
separation crossed your mind in the last
three years?
Are you thinking about it now?




As far as you know, has the thought of
getting a divorce crossed your spouse's
mind in the last three years?

Is your spouse thinking about it now?




Have you or your spouse ever seriously
suggested the idea of divorce?
Has this been within the last three years?

Has this been recently?


Who started the (most recent)
conversation?

During the conversation, did you generally
speak in favor of the idea, suggest it was
not a good idea, or express uncertainty?




Did you talk about consulting an attorney?




What about dividing up property?



Have you talked about filing?
Have you or your (husband/wife)
consulted an attorney about a divorce or
separation in the last three years?




Have you or your (husband/wife) filed a
divorce or separation petition in the last
three years?
Marital Instability over the Life Course, Wave 1, Adults
     Constructs     Question Header   Index                  Question                           Response



Interaction
                                              How often do you eat your main meal
                                       1      together? Almost always, usually,
                                              occasionally, or never?
                                              Go shopping together? (REPEAT
                                       2
                                              RESPONSES AS NECESSARY.)
                                                                                        Almost always [1]; Usually
                                              How often do you visit friends
                                       3                                               [2]; Occasionally [3]; Never
                                              together?
                                                                                                    [4]
                                              Work together on projects around the
                                       4
                                              house?
                                              When you go out -- say, to play cards,
                                       5      bowling, or a movie -- how often do
                                              you do this together?
Division of Labor
In every family, there are a lot       How much of this kind of work usually
                                                                                      All of it [1]; Most of it [2];
of routine tasks that have to          is done by you? All of it, most of it,
                                   1                                                 About half [3]; Less than half
be done -- cleaning the house,         about half of it, less than half of it, or
                                                                                           [4]; None of it [5]
doing the laundry, cleaning up         none of it?
after meals, cooking dinners,
etc.                                   Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                                   2
                                       you do more than your share?
                                                                                     Fair [1]; Do more than share
                                       What about your spouse? Does                           [2]; Other [3]
                                       (he/she) think the current arrangement
                                   3
                                       is fair or that (he/she) is doing more
                                       than (his/her) share?

                                       Do you and your (husband/wife) have
                                       arguments or disagreements about
                                   4                                                         Yes [1]; No [2]
                                       whether one of you is doing their share
                                       of the housework?

                                       How much of the looking after children
                                                                                       All of it [1]; Most of it [2];
                                       usually is done by you? All of it, most
                                   5                                                  About half [3]; Less than half
                                       of it, about half of it, less than half of it,
                                                                                            [4]; None of it [5]
                                       or none of it?

                                       Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                                   6
                                       you do more than your share?
                                                                                     Fair [1]; Do more than share
                                       What about your spouse? Does                           [2]; Other [3]
                                       (he/she) think the current arrangement
                                   7
                                       is fair or that (he/she) is doing more
                                       than (his/her) share?
              Do you and your (husband/wife) have
              arguments or disagreements about
         8                                                     Yes [1]; No [2]
              whether one of you is doing their share
              of looking after the children?

Power
              Are there any kinds of decisions made
         1    around your house where your
              decision is the final word?
                                                               Yes [1]; No [2]
              What about your spouse? Are there
         2    any kinds of decisions where (his/her)
              decision is the final word?

              Overall, considering all the kinds of
              decisions you two make, does your          I do [1]; Spouse does [2];
         3
              spouse more often have the final word        Equal compromise [3]
              or do you?
              Overall, are you satisfied with the
                                                        Yes [1]; More or less [2]; No
         4    amount of influence you have in family
                                                                    [3]
              decision making?
Strain


              Has this (fair/poor) health condition
         r1
              put a strain on your marriage?
r3   Has this put a strain on your marriage?




r5   Has this put a strain on your marriage?




                                               Yes [1]; No [2]

     Has this (fair/poor) health condition
s1
     put a strain on your marriage?
               s3   Has this put a strain on your marriage?




               s5   Has this put a strain on your marriage?




Relationship
Happiness
                    How happy are you with the amount of
               1    understanding you receive from your
                    (husband/wife)?
                    With the amount of love and affection
               2
                    you receive?
                    How happy are you with the extent to
               3    which you and your spouse agree
                    about things?
               4    With your sexual relationship?


                                                              Very happy [1]; Pretty happy
                                                                 [2]; Not too happy [3]
                                                               If children in the household, ask: With
                                                           5   the way your spouse gets along with       Very happy [1]; Pretty happy
                                                               your children?                               [2]; Not too happy [3]

                                                               How happy are you with your spouse's
                                                           6
                                                               performance as a breadwinner?


                                                               With your spouse as someone who
                                                           7
                                                               takes care of things around the house?

                                                               With your spouse as someone to do
                                                           8
                                                               things with?

                                                           9   With your spouse's faithfulness to you?


Relationship Conflict

                                                                                                            Never [1]; Rarely [2];
                                                               How often do you disagree with your
                                                           1                                              Sometimes [3]; Often [4];
                                                               (husband/wife)?
                                                                                                               Very often [5]
                                                               How many serious quarrels have you
                                                           2   had with your spouse in the past two          Number of quarrels
                                                               months?
                        In many households, bad
                        feelings and arguments occur
                        from time to time. In many
                        cases, people get so angry             Has this ever happened between you
                                                           3                                                    Yes [1]; No [2]
                        that they slap, hit, push, kick,       and your (husband/wife)?
                        or throw things at one
                        another.
                    How many times has it happened over
               4                                               A number of spouse abuse
                    the last three years?
Relationship
Problems
               1    Gets angry easily?
               2    Has feelings that are easily hurt?
               3    Is jealous?
               4    Is domineering?

                    Have you had a problem in your
               5
                    marriage because one of you is critical?

               6    Is moody?
               7    Won't talk to the other?
                    Has had a sexual relationship with         No [1]; Yes, spouse [2]; Yes,
               8                                                    self [3]; Both [4]
                    someone else?
               9    Has irritating habits?
                    Have you had a problem in your
               10   marriage because one of you is not at
                    home enough?
               11   Spends money foolishly?
               12   Drinks or uses drugs?
               13   Has been in trouble with the law?
                    If children, ask : Is sometimes abusive
               14
                    to the children?
Relationship Trouble


                       Even people who get along            Have you ever thought your marriage
                                                        1                                                Yes [1]; No [2]
                       quite well with their spouse         might be in trouble?
                       sometimes wonder whether
                                                            How long ago did you first feel that
                       their marriage is working out.   2                                             The number of years
                                                            way? (If less than 1, record 0)
                                                            If married more than 3 years, ask: Have
                                                        3   you thought this within the last three
                                                            years?

                                                        4   Do you feel this way now?

                                                            As far as you know, has your spouse
                                                        5   ever thought your marriage was in
                                                            trouble?
                                                            If married more than 3 years, ask: Has
                                                        6   (he/she) thought this way in the last
                                                            three years?

                                                        7   Does (he/she) feel this way now?             Yes [1]; No [2]


                                                            Have you talked with your
                                                        8
                                                            (husband/wife) about these problems?

                                                            Have you ever talked with family
                                                            members, friends, clergy, counselors,
                                                        9
                                                            or social workers about problems in
                                                            your marriage?
                          If married more than 3 years, ask: Have
                          you talked with them about your
                     10
                          marital problems within the last three
                          years?

                     11   Family?

                     12   Friends?                                  Not talked to [0]; Talked to
                                                                                [1]
                     13   Clergy, doctor, or counselor?
                     14   Other?

                     15   Have you talked with them recently?

                          As far as you know, has your
                          (husband/wife) talked with relatives,
                     16   friends, or a counselor about problems
                          either of you were having with your
                          marriage?                                        Yes [1]; No [2]

                          If married more than 3 years, ask: Has
                     17   (he/she) talked with any of them
                          within the last three years?

                     18   Has (he/she) done so recently?

Self-Evaluation of
Marriage

                          Taking all things together, how would
                          you describe your marriage? Would         Very happy [1]; Pretty happy
                     1
                          you say that your marriage is very           [2]; Not too happy [3]
                          happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?
    If you had to do it all over again, would     Someone else [1]; Same
2   you marry someone else, the same             person [2]; Not marry at all
    person or not marry at all?                              [3]
    When you were thinking about getting
    married, did you ever have doubts
3                                                       Yes [1]; No [2]
    about whether this was the best
    marriage for you?

    Compared to other marriages you
    know about, do you think your
4   marriage is better than most, about
    the same as most, or not as good as
    most?

    Comparing your marriage to three             Better [1]; Same [2]; Not as
    years ago, is your marriage getting                    good [3]
5
    better, staying the same, or getting
    worse?
    What do you see as the future of your
6   marriage? Is it likely to get better, stay
    the same, or get worse?

    Would you say the feelings of love you
    have for your (husband/wife) are
7   extremely strong, very strong, pretty
    strong, not too strong, or not strong at      Extremely strong [1]; Very
    all?                                         strong [2]; Pretty strong; [3];
                                                    Not too strong [4]; Not
                                                        strong at all [5]
                                                                   Extremely strong [1]; Very
                                                                  strong [2]; Pretty strong; [3];
                        How about your (husband's/wife's)            Not too strong [4]; Not
                        feelings of love for you? Would you say          strong at all [5]
                   8    they are extremely strong, very strong,
                        pretty strong, not too strong, or not
                        strong at all?

                        Often, one partner in a marriage gives
                        more than the other. Do you feel that
                   9                                                     Yes [1]; No [2]
                        one of you gives more to the marriage
                        than the other?

                   10   If yes, who?                                   Self [1]; Spouse [2]


                        When you compare how attractive you
                        are in relation to your (husband/wife),
                   11   would you say (he/she) is more
                        attractive than you, about the same, or
                        less attractive than you?                 More [1]; Same [2]; Less [3]


                        How about intelligence? Do you think
                   12   (he/she) is more intelligent than you,
                        about the same, or less intelligent?

Marriage Bonding
Factors
                        When you first got married, was either
                                                                  Yes [1]; Neutral [2]; No [3];
                   1    of your parents unhappy with your
                                                                        No parents [4]
                        choice of a (husband/wife)?
    How about now? How well do your
                                               Very well [1]; Pretty well [2];
    parents and your (husband/wife) get
2                                              Not too well [3]; No parents
    along very well, pretty well, or not too
                                                             [4]
    well?
    When you first got married, was either
                                               Yes [1]; Neutral [2]; No [3];
3   of your in-laws unhappy about the
                                                      No in-laws [4]
    marriage?
    How about now? How well do you and         Very well [1]; Pretty well [2];
4   your in-laws get along very well, pretty   Not too well [3]; No in-laws
    well, or not too well?                                   [4]
    How well do your friends get along         Very well [1]; Pretty well [2];
5   with your (husband/wife)? Very well,          Not too well [3]; Mixed
    pretty well, or not too well?               reaction [4]; No friends [5];
    How many of your close friends are
6                                                   Number of friends
    also close friends of your spouse's?
    Does your (husband/wife) have the
7                                                     No [1]; Yes [2]
    same religious preference?
                                                Weekly or more [1]; Once
    How often do you and your
                                               monthly [2]; Several times
8   (husband/wife) attend church
                                               per year [3]; Less than once
    together?
                                                        yearly [4]
                  How many…[groups or clubs]...does                 Number of club
             9
                  your (husband/wife) also belong to?                memberships




                  Since you have been married, have you
                  ever taken part in consciousness
             10   raising groups, encounter groups,                 Yes [1]; No [2]
                  sensitivity or assertiveness training, or
                  any activities similar to these?

Separation
Proneness
                  When your spouse is away, would you         A great deal [1]; Somewhat
             1    say you miss (him/her) a great deal,        [2]; Hardly at all [3]; Never
                  somewhat, or hardly at all?                          away [4]
                  When you stay home all day with your
                  family, how often do you feel tired or       Lot of the time [1]; Some
             2    irritated? Would you say a lot of the        time [2]; Hardly ever [3];
                  time, some of the time, hardly ever, or               Never [4]
                  never?
                    Sometimes married people
                                                         How often do you feel this way? Would
                    think they would enjoy living                                                    Very often [1]; Often [2];
                                                     3   you say very often, often, occasionally,
                    apart from their spouse.                                                         Occasionally [3]; Never [4]
                                                         or never?

                                                         Has this ever happened in your
                                                     4                                                     Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                         marriage?

                                                         Has this happened within the last three
                                                     5                                                     Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                         years?
                    Because of problems people
                    are having with their
                                                     6   How many times?                                  Number of times
                    marriage, they sometimes
                    leave home either for a short
                                                                                                      Self [1]; Spouse [2]; Both
                    time or as a trial separation.   7   Who left the last time?
                                                                                                                 Left[3]
                                                                                                    Few hours [1]; Overnight [2];
                                                                                                    2 or more days [3]; Month or
                                                     8   How long were you separated?
                                                                                                     more [4]; Have not rejoined
                                                                                                                 [5]
Divorce Proneness
                                                         Has the thought of getting a divorce or
                                                     1   separation crossed your mind (IN THE
                                                         LAST THREE YEARS)?                                Yes [1]; No [2]

                                                     2   Are you thinking about it now?
                                                         Do you think divorce or separation
                                                         might be a good idea, are you              Good idea [1]; Uncertain [2];
                                                     3
                                                         uncertain about it, or do you feel that        Not good idea [3]
                                                         it is not a good idea?
     As far as you know, has the thought of
     divorce or a separation crossed your
4
     (husband's/wife's) mind (IN THE LAST
     THREE YEARS)?                                      Yes [1]; No [2]


5    Is (he/she) thinking about it now?

     Do you think (he/she) feels divorce or a
     separation might be a good idea, is         Good idea [1]; Uncertain [2];
6
     uncertain about it, or believes it is not       Not good idea [3]
     a good idea?

     Have you or your (husband/wife) ever
7    seriously suggested the idea of
     divorce?
     Has this been within the last three                Yes [1]; No [2]
8
     years?
9    Recently?
10   Did this happen more than once?
     Who started the (most recent)
11                                               Self [1]; Spouse [2]; Both [3]
     conversation?
     During the conversation, did you
     generally speak in favor of the idea,
12
     suggest it was not a good idea, or
     express uncertainty?                        Favor idea [1]; Not good idea
                                                    [2]; Uncertain [3]; Said
     During the conversation, did your                    nothing [4]
     (husband/wife) generally speak in favor
13
     of the idea, suggest it was not a good
     idea, or express uncertainty?
                                                 More strongly [1]; Less
     Does (he/she) feel more strongly, less
14                                            strongly [2]; About the same
     strongly, or the same as you about it?
                                                            [3]
     Did you talk about consulting an
15
     attorney?
     What about child custody? Did you
16
     discuss that?

17   What about dividing up the property?

     Have you talked about the problems of
18
     living apart?                                   Yes [1]; No [2]
19   Have you talked about filing?
     Have you or your (husband/wife)
20   consulted an attorney about a divorce
     or separation?

     Have you or your husband/wife filed a
21
     divorce or separation petition?

                                              Withdrawn [1]; Pending [2];
23   What happened to the petition?
                                                      Other [3]
     Have you discussed a divorce or
24   separation with members of your                 Yes [1]; No [2]
     family?
     Do they generally approve or             Approve [1]; Disapprove [2];
26
     disapprove of the idea?                      Mixed feelings [3]
     Have you discussed a divorce or
27                                                   Yes [1]; No [2]
     separation with a close friend?
                                                                  Does your friend generally approve or               Approve [1]; Disapprove [2];
                                                           29
                                                                  disapprove of the idea?                                 Mixed feelings [3]
Notes
a. At Wave I, all respondents were currently married.
b. The valid cases are calculated, excluding those inapplicable, refused, and don't know.
c. The codebook did not specify if Q1370 asked for the number of months or years. The wave II codebook showed that this should be the number of years.
d. For the "strain" construct, the index starting with "r" indicates the strain was from respondents, and the index starting with "s" indicates the strain was from spou



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        Respondents         Variable name     Valid cases

                         Codebook     Data




                          V1260      VAR73A     2,032


                          V1261      VAR73B     2,032


       All respondents    V1262      VAR73C     2,033


                          V1263      VAR73D     2,032


                          V1264      VAR73E     2,030
                                  V1279   VAR80   2,032




                                  V1280   VAR81   2,028


        All respondents

                                  V1281   VAR82   1,996




                                  V1282   VAR83   2,032




                                  V1290   VAR85   1,442




                                  V1291   VAR86   1,438

Respondents who had children in
        the household
                                  V1292   VAR87   1,434
Respondents who had children in
        the household




                                       V1293    VAR88    1,441




                                       V1306    VAR95    2,026




                                       V1307    VAR96    2,026

         All respondents

                                       V1308    VAR97    2,020




                                       V1309    VAR98    2,031



Respondents who answered "fair"
   or "poor" on V1317 (i.e., In
general, would you say your own        V1318   VAR103A   217
 health is excellent, good, fair, or
              poor?)
    Married respondents who
answered "yes" to V1319 (Do you
 have any permanent health or
 physical conditions that restrict
                                     V1320   VAR104A    123
  your ability to move about or
  limit you in dressing, bathing,
    eating, working, or keeping
              house?)


     Married respondents who
 answered "yes" to V1321( In the
 last three years, were there ever
 times when you were extremely       V1324   VAR105A2   374
  unhappy, nervous, irritable, or
   depressed?) and yes to V1322
(Have you felt that way recently?)


   Married respondents who
  answered "fair" or "poor" to
V1325 (In general, would you say     V1326   VAR106A    189
your (husband's/wife's) health is
 excellent, good, fair, or poor?)
   Married respondents who
answered "yes" to V1327(Does
 your (husband/wife) have any
  permanent health or physical
condition that restricts (his/her)   V1328   VAR107A    133
 ability to move about or limits
 (him/her) in dressing, bathing,
   eating, working, or keeping
             house?)

   Married respondents who
answered "yes" to V1329 (In the
  past three years, were there
times when (your husband/your
                                     V1332   VAR108A2   328
 wife) was extremely unhappy,
nervous, irritable, or depressed?)
 and yes to V1330 (has (he/she)
    felt that way recently?)




                                     V1333   VAR109A    2,031


                                     V1334   VAR109B    2,029
         All respondents


                                     V1335   VAR109C    2,030


                                     V1336   VAR109D    2,012
Respondents who had children in
                                  V1337   VAR109E   1,441
        the household


                                  V1338   VAR109F   2,022



                                  V1339   VAR109G   2,027
        All respondents


                                  V1340   VAR109H   2,031


                                  V1341   VAR109I   2,025




                                  V1311   VAR100    2,033



                                  V1314   VAR101    2,023

        All respondents



                                  V1315   VAR102    2,030
Respondent who answered "YES"
                                  V1316   VAR102A   387
          to V1315



                                  V1351   VAR112A   2,029
                                  V1352   VAR112B   2,024
                                  V1353   VAR112C   2,031
                                  V1354   VAR112D   2,017


                                  V1355   VAR112E   2,024


                                  V1356   VAR112F   2,030
                                  V1357   VAR112G   2,031
        All respondents
                                  V1358   VAR112H   2,016

                                  V1359   VAR112I   2,031


                                  V1360   VAR112J   2,031


                                  V1361   VAR112K   2,031
                                  V1362   VAR112L   2,031
                                  V1363   VAR112M   2,033
Respondents who had children in
                                  V1364   VAR112N   1,441
        the household
        All respondents           V1369   VAR117    2,031

Respondents who answered "YES"
                                  V1370   VAR117A   924
           to V1369
 Respondents who had married
 more for than three years and    V1371   VAR117B   746
   answered "YES" to V1369
Respondents who answered "YES"
                                  V1372   VAR117C   412
           to V1369


        All respondents           V1384   VAR120    1,985


Respondents who had married for
   more than three years and      V1385   VAR120A   531
    answered "YES" to V1384
Respondents who answered "YES"
                                  V1386   VAR120B   288
           to V1384


                                  V1373   VAR117E   416

Respondents who answered "YES"
           to V1369
                                  V1374   VAR118    2,030
  Respondents had married for
   more than three years and     V1375   VAR118A    490
   answered "YES" to V1369

Respondents answered "YES" to
                                 V1376   VAR118B1   251
    both V1369 and V1374
                                 V1377   VAR118B2   219
                                 V1378   VAR118B3   152
Respondents who answered "YES"
    to both V1369 and V1375      V1379   VAR118B4    13

                                 V1380   VAR118C    440




        All respondents          V1381   VAR119     1,986



  Respondents had married for
   more than three years and     V1382   VAR119A    289
   answered "YES" to q. 1381
Respondents who answered "YES"
                                 V1383   VAR119B    252
           to V1381




                                 V1367   VAR115     2,029
                  V1365   VAR113   1,976




                  V1366   VAR114   2,024




                  V1368   VAR116   2,010




All respondents   V1418   VAR127   2,023




                  V1419   VAR128   1,994




                  V1420   VAR129   2,027
                                 V1421   VAR130    1,997




                                 V1349   VAR111    2,021


Respondents who answered "YES"
                                 V1350   VAR111A   571
           to V1349




                                 V1438   VAR136    1,995

        All respondents



                                 V1439   VAR137    2,018




                                 V1093    VAR15    2,015
                  V1094   VAR16    2,023




                  V1095   VAR17    2,008



                  V1096   VAR18    1,967
All respondents


                  V1269   VAR75B   1,805


                  V1270   VAR75C   1,790


                  V1104   VAR23    2,025



                  V1106   VAR24    2,033
   Respondents who answered
"YES" on V1274 (Some people are
       members of different
   organizations such as church
   groups, unions, or job-related     V1276   VAR78B   1,064
 groups, fraternal or civic groups,
or recreation groups like bowling
  or card clubs. Do you belong to
       any groups or clubs?)




         All respondents              V1278   VAR79    2,031




                                      V1301   VAR90    2,027




                                      V1302   VAR91    2,024

         All respondents
        All respondents



                                  V1303    VAR92     2,027



                                  V1413    VAR126    2,031

Respondents who had married for
   more than three years and      V1414   VAR126A    234
    answered "YES" to V1413
Respondents who answered "YES"
                                  V1415   VAR126A1   127
           to V1414
Respondents who answered "YES"
                                  V1416   VAR126A2   127
           to V1413


Respondents who answered "YES"
                                  V1417   VAR126A3   127
           to V1413




        All respondents           V1387    VAR121    2,031


                                  V1388   VAR121A    419

Respondents who answered "YES"
           to V1387               V1389   VAR121A1    50
        All respondents            V1390    VAR122    1,986


If respondents answered "YES" to
                                   V1391   VAR122A    291
             V1390


                                   V1392   VAR122A1    21

        All respondents


                                   V1393    VAR123    442


                                   V1394   VAR123A    199

                                   V1395   VAR123A1   174
                                   V1396   VAR123B    174

                                   V1397   VAR123C    161



                                   V1398   VAR123D    171




                                   V1399   VAR123E    171
                                 V1400   VAR123F    162


                                 V1401   VAR123G    173


                                 V1402   VAR123H    130
If either spouse thought about
      divorce or separation      V1403   VAR123I    174


                                 V1404   VAR123J    174

                                 V1405   VAR123K    174


                                 V1406   VAR123L    172



                                 V1407   VAR123M    174


                                 V1408   VAR123M1   19


                                 V1409    VAR124    442


                                 V1410   VAR124A    116


                                 V1411    VAR125    442
                                               V1412   VAR125A   155




hould be the number of years.
h "s" indicates the strain was from spouses.
Marital Instability over the Life Course, Wave 2, Adults
                    Question Header
     Constructs                       Index                  Question                        Response



Interaction
                                              How often do you eat your main meal
                                       1      together? Almost always, usually,
                                              occasionally, or never?
                                              Go shopping together? (REPEAT
                                       2
                                              RESPONSES AS NECESSARY.)
                                                                                      Almost always [1]; Usually
                                              How often do you visit friends
                                       3                                             [2]; Occasionally [3]; Never
                                              together?
                                                                                                 [4]
                                              Work together on projects around the
                                       4
                                              house?
                                              When you go out--say to play cards,
                                       5      bowling, or a movie -- how often do
                                              you do this, together?
Division of Labor
                                       How much of this kind of work usually
                                                                                      All of it [1]; Most of it [2];
                                       is done by you? All of it, most of it,
                                   1                                                 About half of it [3]; Less than
                                       about half of it, less than half of it, or
                                                                                        half [4]; None of it [5]
                                       none of it?

In every family, there are a lot       Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                                   2
of routine tasks that have to          you do more than your share?
be done -- cleaning the house,         What about your spouse? Does                   Fair [1]; Do more than own
doing the laundry, cleaning up         (he/she) think the current arrangement             share [2]; Other [3]
after meals, cooking dinners,      3
                                       is fair or that (he/she) is doing more
etc.                                   than (his/her) share?
                                       Do you and your (husband/wife) have
                                       arguments or disagreements about
                                   4                                                         Yes [1]; No [2]
                                       whether one of you is doing their share
                                       of the housework?
                                       How much of the looking after children
                                                                                       All of it [1]; Most of it [2];
                                       usually is done by you? All of it, most
                                   5                                                  About half of it [3]; Less than
                                       of it, about half of it, less than half of it,
                                                                                         half [4]; None of it [5]
                                       or none of it?

                                       Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                                   6
                                       you do more than your share?
                                                                                      Fair [1]; Do more than own
                                       What about your spouse? Does                       share [2]; Other [3]
                                       (he/she) think the current arrangement
                                   7
                                       is fair or that (he/she) is doing more
                                       than (his/her) share?
               Do you and your (husband/wife) have
               arguments or disagreements about
          8                                                   Yes [1]; No [2]
               whether one of you is doing their share
               of looking after the children?

Power
               Are there any kinds of decisions made
          1    around your house where your
               decision is the final word?
                                                              Yes [1]; No [2]
               What about your spouse? Are there
          2    any kinds of decisions where (his/her)
               decision is the final word?

               Overall, considering all the kinds of
               decisions you two make, does your         I do [1]; Spouse does [2];
          3
               spouse more often have the final word       Equal compromise [3]
               or do you?
               Overall, are you satisfied with the
          4    amount of influence you have in family         Yes [1]; No [2]
               decision making?

Strains

               Has this (fair/poor) health condition
          r1
               put a strain on your marriage?
               Do you have any permanent health or
               physical conditions that restrict your
          r2   ability to move about or limit you in
               dressing, bathing, eating, working, or
               keeping house?
               r3   Has this put a strain on your marriage?


                    Did this lead you to cut down on your
               r4
                    activities for several days or more ?


               r5   Has this put a strain on your marriage?

                    Has this (fair/poor) health condition      Yes [1]; No [2]
               s1
                    put a strain on your marriage?

                    Does your (husband/wife) have any
                    permanent health or physical condition
                    that restricts (his/her) ability to move
               s2
                    about or limits (him/her) in dressing,
                    bathing, eating, working, or keeping
                    house?

               s3   Has this put a strain on your marriage?

                    Did this lead (him/her) to cut down on
               s4   (his/her) activities for several days or
                    more?

               s5   Has this put a strain on your marriage?

Relationship
Happiness
                    How happy are you with the amount of
               1    understanding you receive from your
                    (husband/wife)?
                   With the amount of love and affection
               2
                   you receive?
                   How happy are you with the extent to
               3   which you and your spouse agree
                   about things?
               4   With your sexual relationship?
                   With the way your spouse gets along
               5                                             Very happy [1]; Pretty happy
                   with your children?
                                                                [2]; Not too happy [3]
                   How happy are you with your spouse's
               6   performance as a breadwinner?


                   With your spouse as someone who
               7
                   takes care of things around the house?

                   With your spouse as someone to do
               8
                   things with?

               9   With your spouse's faithfulness to you?

Relationship
Conflicts
                   How often do you disagree with your
                                                                Never [1]; Rarely [2];
                   (husband/wife)? Would you say never,
               1                                              Sometimes [3]; Often [4];
                   rarely, sometimes, often, or very
                                                                   Very often [5]
                   often?
                   How many serious quarrels have you
               2   had with your spouse in the past two          Number of quarrels
                   months?
               In many households, bad
               feelings and arguments occur
               from time to time. In many
                                                       Has this ever happened between you
               cases, people get so angry         3                                                      Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                       and your (husband/wife)?
               that they slap, hit, push, kick,
               or throw things at one
               another.

Relationship
Problems
                                                  1    Gets angry easily?
                                                  2    Has feelings that are easily hurt?
                                                  3    Is jealous?
                                                  4    Is domineering?

                                                       Have you had a problem in your
                                                  5
                                                       marriage because one of you is critical?

                                                  6    Is moody?
               I'd like to mention a number       7    Won't talk to the other?
               of problem areas. Have you
                                                       Has had a sexual relationship with
               had a problem in your              8                                               No [1], Yes, spouse [2]; Yes,
                                                       someone else?
               marriage because one of you                                                             self [3]; Both [4]
               (IF RESPONDENT SAYS YES,           9    Has irritating habits?
               ASK: Which one of you?)                 Have you had a problem in your
                                                  10   marriage because one of you is not at
                                                       home enough?
                                                  11   Spends money foolishly?
                                                  12   Drinks or uses drugs?
                                               13   Has been in trouble with the law?
                                                    Is sometimes too mean to the
                                               14
                                                    children?
                                               15   Has become less interested in sex?
Relationship
Troubles
                                                    Have you ever thought your marriage
                                               1                                             Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                    might be in trouble?
                                                    How long ago did you first feel that
                                               2    way? (IF LESS THAN 1 YEAR, RECORD       Number of years
                                                    0.)
                                                    Have you thought this within the last
                                               3
                                                    three years?
                                               4    Do you feel this way now?
                                                    As far as you know, has your spouse
                                               5    ever thought your marriage was in
                                                    trouble?
                                                    Has (he/she) thought this way in the
                                               6
                                                    last three years?
               Many marriages go through
               some ups and downs from         7    Does (he/she) feel this way now?
               time to time. Even people
                                                    Have you ever talked with family
               who get along quite well with
                                                    members, friends, clergy, counselors,
               their spouse sometimes          9
                                                    or social workers about problems in
               wonder whether their
                                                    your marriage?
               marriage is working.                                                          Yes [1]; No [2]
                     time to time. Even people
                     who get along quite well with
                     their spouse sometimes
                     wonder whether their
                     marriage is working.                                                                    Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                          Have you talked with them about your
                                                     10   marital problems within the last three
                                                          years?

                                                     15   Have you talked with them recently?

                                                          As far as you know, has your
                                                          (husband/wife) talked with relatives,
                                                     16   friends, or a counselor about problems
                                                          either of you were having with your
                                                          marriage?

                                                          Has (he/she) talked with any of them
                                                     17
                                                          within the last three years?
                                                     18   Has (he/she) done so recently?
Self-Evaluation of
Marriage

                                                          Taking all things together, how would
                                                          you describe your marriage? Would           Very happy [1]; Pretty happy
                                                     1
                                                          you say that your marriage is very             [2]; Not too happy [3]
                                                          happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?

                                                          If you had to do it all over again, would    Someone else [1]; Same
                                                     2    you marry someone else, the same            person [2]; Not marry at all
                                                          person, or not marry at all?                            [3]

                                                          Compared to other marriages you
                                                          know about, do you think your
                                                     4    marriage is better than most, about
                                                          the same as most, or not as good as
                                                          most?
                                                                                                      Better [1]; The same [2]; Not
                                                                                                               as good [3]
     Comparing your marriage to three             Better [1]; The same [2]; Not
     years ago, is your marriage getting                   as good [3]
5
     better, staying the same, or getting
     worse?

     What do you see as the future of your
6    marriage? Is it likely to get better, stay
     the same, or get worse?

     Would you say the feelings of love you
     have for your (husband/wife) are
7    extremely strong, very strong, pretty
     strong, not too strong, or not strong at      Extremely strong [1], Very
     all?                                         strong [2], Pretty strong [3],
     How about your (husband's/wife's)               Not too strong [4], Not
     feelings of love for you? Would you say            strong at all [5]
8    they are extremely strong, very strong,
     pretty strong, not too strong, or not
     strong at all?

     Often, one partner in a marriage gives
     more than the other. Do you feel that
9                                                        Yes [1]; No [2]
     one of you gives more to the marriage
     than the other?




10   Who?                                              Self [1]; Spouse [2]
                                                         We would like to know what aspects of
                                                    13   your life you are evaluating. Are you            Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                         evaluating your marriage?
Marriage Bonding
Factors
                                                         How many of your close friends are
                                                    6    also close friends of your                     Number of friends
                                                         (husband/wife)?
Separation
Proneness
                                                         When your spouse is away, would you        A great deal [1]; Somewhat
                                                    1    say you miss (him/her) a great deal,       [2]; Hardly at all [3]; Never
                                                         somewhat, or hardly at all?                         away [4]

                   Sometimes married people              How often do you feel this way? Would
                                                                                                    Very often [1]; Often [2];
                   think they would enjoy living    3    you say very often, often, occasionally,
                                                                                                    Occasionally [3]; Never [4]
                   apart from their spouse.              or never?

                                                         Has this ever happened in your
                                                    4
                                                         marriage?
                                                                                                          Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                         Has this happened within the last three
                                                    5
                   Because of problems people            years?
                   are having with their            6    How many times?                                 Number of times
                   marriage, they sometimes
                                                    7    Who left the last time?                        Self [1]; Spouse [2]
                   leave home either for a short
                   time or as a trial separation.
                    Because of problems people
                    are having with their
                    marriage, they sometimes
                    leave home either for a short
                    time or as a trial separation.                                                  Few hours [1]; Overnight [2];
                                                                                                    2 or more days [3]; A month
                                                     8    How long were you separated?              or more [4]; Still hasn't come
                                                                                                               home
                                                                                                              back [5]
Divorce Proneness
                                                          Has the thought of getting a divorce or
                                                     1    separation crossed your mind in the
                                                          last three years?
                                                     2    Are you thinking about it now?
                                                          As far as you know, has the thought of
                                                          divorce or a separation crossed your
                                                     4
                                                          (husband's/wife's) mind in the last
                                                          three years?
                                                                                                           Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                     5    Is (he/she) thinking about it now?
                                                          Have you or your (husband/wife) ever
                                                     7    seriously suggested the idea of
                                                          divorce?
                                                          Has this been within the last three
                                                     8
                                                          years?
                                                     9    Recently?
                                                          Who started the (most recent)
                                                     11                                             Self [1]; Spouse [2]; Both [3]
                                                          conversation?
                                                          During the conversation, did you
                                                          generally speak in favor of the idea,      Favor idea [1], Not a good
                                                     12
                                                          suggest it was not a good idea, or          idea [2]; Uncertainty [3]
                                                          express uncertainty?
                                                                  Did you talk about consulting an
                                                           15
                                                                  attorney?

                                                           17     What about dividing up the property?

                                                           19     Have you talked about filing?

                                                                  Have you or your (husband/wife)
                                                           20     consulted an attorney about a divorce
                                                                  or separation in the last three years?            Yes [1]; No [2]

                                                                  Have you or your (husband/wife) filed
                                                           22     a divorce or separation petition in the
                                                                  last three years?
                                                                  Have you discussed a divorce or
                                                           24     separation with members of your
                                                                  family?
                                                           25     Was this in the last three years?
                                                                  Do they generally approve or               Approve [1]; Disapprove [2];
                                                           26
                                                                  disapprove of the idea?                        Mixed feelings [3]
                                                                  Have you discussed a divorce or
                                                           27
                                                                  separation with a close friend?                   Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                           28     Was this in the last three years?
                                                                  Does your friend generally approve or      Approve [1]; Disapprove [2];
                                                           29
                                                                  disapprove of the idea?                        Mixed feelings [3]
Notes
a. V2445 and V2456 asked if physical and mental conditions limited activities for employed respondents. These two items were not included in the worksheet.
b. For the "strain" construct, the index starting with "r" indicates the strain was from respondents, and the index starting with "s" indicates the strain was from spou
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          Respondents           Variable name    Valid cases

                             Codebook     Data




                              V2204       V43A     1,487


                              V2205       V43B     1,487


       Married respondents    V2206       V43C     1,486


                              V2207       V43D     1,487


                              V2208       V43E     1,485
                      V2212   V45   1,486



                      V2213   V46   1,480



                      V2214   V47   1,463




                      V2215   V48   1,487



Married respondents
                      V2216   V49   1,041




                      V2217   V50   1,035




                      V2218   V51   1,027
                      V2219   V52    1,041




                      V2225   V58    1,483




                      V2226   V59    1,485

Married respondents

                      V2227   V60    1,481




                      V2228   V61    1,484




                      V2233   V65A   176




                      V2234   v66    1,485
                      V2235   V66A    104


                      V2246   V68a1   365


                      V2247   V68A2   363

Married respondents
                      V2257   V70A    163




                      V2258    V71    1,481




                      V2259   V71A     99


                      V2270   V73A1   393


                      V2271   V73A2   391




                      V2272   V74A    1,482
                      V2273   V74B   1,480


                      V2274   V74C   1,481


                      V2275   V74D   1,470

                      V2276   V74E   1,334
Married respondents


                      V2277   V74F   1,162



                      V2278   V74G   1,479


                      V2279   V74H   1,482


                      V2280   V74I   1,478




                      V2229   V62    1,485




                      V2230   V63    1,479

Married respondents
Married respondents




                      V2231   V64    1,483




                      V2290   V77A   1,482
                      V2291   V77B   1,482
                      V2292   V77C   1,482
                      V2293   V77D   1,482


                      V2294   V77E   1,480


                      V2295   V77F   1,482
                      V2296   V77G   1,482

                      V2298   V77I   1,475
Married respondents
                      V2299   V77J   1,481


                      V2300   V77K   1,481


                      V2301   V77L   1,481
                      V2302   V77M   1,482
V2303   V77N   1,480

V2304   V77O   1,180

V2297   V77H   1,472




V2309   V82    1,480


V2310   V82A   699


V2311   V82B   744

V2312   V82C   417


V2319   V85    1,453


V2320   V85A   488

V2321   V85B   269


V2313   V83    1,480
                      V2314   V83A   508


                      V2315   V83B   342




                      V2316   V84    1,444




                      V2317   V84A   279

                      V2318   V84B   194




                      V2307   V80    1,477




                      V2306   V79    1,430




                      V2308   V81    1,470




Married respondents
                                     V2347   V92    1,480

      Married respondents

                                     V2348   V93    1,454




                                     V2349   V94    1,480




                                     V2350   V95    1,458




                                     V2288   V76    1,475


If respondents answered "YES" to
   V2288 (Often one partner in a
   marriage gives more than the
                                     V2289   V76A   427
other. Do you feel that one of you
 gives more to the marriage than
           the other?)
Married respondents   V2119   V14C    1,229




Married respondents   V2211   V44B    1,300




                      V2223    V56    1,482




                      V2224    V57    1,483



                      V2342    V91    1,481
Married respondents
                      V2343   V91A    168

                      V2344   V91A1    66
                      V2345   V91A2    66
                      V2346   V91A3    66




                      V2322    V86    1,479


                      V2323   V86A    304


                      V2324    V87    1,462


                      V2325   V87A    234


                      V2326    V88    330


                      V2327   V88A    153

                      V2328   V88A1   136

                      V2329   V88B    133



                      V2330   V88C    135



Married respondents
                    Married respondents        V2331   V88D   136


                                               V2332   V88E   136

                                               V2333   V88F   136


                                               V2334   V88G   136




                                               V2335   V88H   136



                                               V2336   V89    136


                                               V2337   V89A   69

                                               V2338   V89B   66


                                               V2339   V90    136

                                               V2340   V90A   80

                                               V2341   V90B   75



ere not included in the worksheet.
h "s" indicates the strain was from spouses.
Marital Instability over the Life Course, Wave 3, Adults
       Constructs        Question Header           Index                      Question


Interaction
                    Now, we are going to                   How often do you eat your main meal
                    discuss your current            1      together? Almost always, usually,
                    marriage.                              occasionally, or never?
                                                    2      Go shopping together?

                                                    3      How often do you visit friends together?

                                                           Work together on projects around the
                                                    4
                                                           house?
                                                           When you go out -- say, to play cards,
                                                    5      bowling, or a movie --how often do you do
                                                           this together?
Division of Labor
                    In every family, there are a           How much of this kind of work usually is
                    lot of routine tasks that              done by you? All of it, most of it, about
                                                    1
                    have to be done -- cleaning            half of it, less than half of it, or none of it?
                    the house, doing the
                    laundry, cleaning up after
                    meals, cooking dinners,
                    etc.
                         In every family, there are a
                         lot of routine tasks that
                         have to be done -- cleaning
                         the house, doing the
                         laundry, cleaning up after
                                                            Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                         meals, cooking dinners,        2
                                                            you do more than your share?
                         etc.
                                                            What about your spouse? Does (he/she)
                                                        3
                                                            think the current arrangement is fair?
                                                            Do you and your (husband/wife) have
                                                            arguments or disagreements about
                                                        4
                                                            whether one of you is doing their share of
                                                            the housework?
Power
                                                            Are there any kinds of decisions made
                                                        1   around your house where your decision is
                                                            the final word?
                                                            What about your spouse? Are there any
                                                        2   kinds of decisions where (his/her) decision
                                                            is the final word?

                                                            Overall, considering all the kinds of
                                                        3   decisions you two make, does your spouse
                                                            more often have the final word or do you?

                                                            Overall, are you satisfied with the amount
                                                        4   of influence you have in family decision
                                                            making?

Relationship Happiness


                                                            With the amount of understanding you
                                                        1
                                                            receive from your (husband/wife)?




                         There are different aspects
                                                            With the amount of love and affection you
                                                       2
                                                            receive?

                                                            With the extent to which you and your
                                                       3
                                                            spouse agree about things?
                        There are different aspects
                        of married life. For each of
                                                       4    With your sexual relationship?
                        the following, indicate
                        whether you are very                With the way your spouse gets along with
                                                       5
                        happy, pretty happy, or not         your children?
                        too happy with this aspect          With your spouse's performance as a
                        of your marriage. How          6
                                                            breadwinner?
                        happy are you…
                                                            With your spouse as someone who takes
                                                       7
                                                            care of things around the house?
                                                            With your spouse as someone to do things
                                                       8
                                                            with?
                                                       9    With your spouse's faithfulness to you?

                                                       10   With your marriage?

Relationship Conflict

                                                            How often do you disagree with your
                                                       1    (husband/wife)? Would you say never,
                                                            rarely, sometimes, often, or very often?


                                                            How many serious quarrels have you had
                                                       2
                                                            with your spouse in the past two months?
                        In many households, bad
                        feelings and arguments
                        occur from time to time. In
                                                           Has this ever happened between you and
                        many cases, people get so     3
                                                           your (husband/wife)?
                        angry that they slap, hit,
                        push, kick, or throw things
                        at one another.


Relationship Problems

                                                      1    Gets angry easily?
                                                      2    Has feelings that are easily hurt?
                                                      3    Is jealous?
                                                      4    Is domineering?

                                                           Have you had a problem in your marriage
                                                      5
                                                           because one of you is critical?

                        I'd like to mention a         6    Is moody?
                        number of problem areas.
                        Have you had a problem in     7    Won't talk to the other?
                        your marriage because one          Has had a sexual relationship with
                        of you -- (IF RESPONDENT      8
                                                           someone else?
                        SAYS YES, ASK: Which one
                                                      9    Has irritating habits?
                        of you?)
                                                           Have you had a problem in your marriage
                                                      10   because one of you is not at home
                                                           enough?
                                                      11   Spends money foolishly?
                                                   12   Drinks or uses drugs?
                                                   13   Has been in trouble with the law?
                                                   15   Has become less interested in sex?
Relationship Trouble
                                                        Have you ever thought your marriage
                                                   1
                                                        might be in trouble?

                                                        How long ago did you first feel that way?
                                                   2
                                                        (IF LESS THAN 1 YEAR, RECORD 0)


                                                        Have you thought this within the last three
                                                   3
                                                        years?


                                                   4    Do you feel this way now?


                                                        As far as you know, has your spouse ever
                                                   5
                                                        thought your marriage was in trouble?



                                                        Has (he/she) thought this way in the last
                                                   6
                                                        three years?




                                                   7    Does (he/she) feel this way now?



                       Many marriages go
                       through some ups and
                       downs from time to time.
                       Even people who get along
                       well with their spouse
                       sometimes wonder
Many marriages go                Have you ever talked with family
through some ups and             members, friends, clergy, counselors, or
                            9
downs from time to time.         social workers about problems in your
Even people who get along        marriage?
well with their spouse
sometimes wonder                 Have you talked with them about your
whether their marriage is   10   marital problems within the last three
working.                         years?




                            15   Have you talked with them recently?



                                 As far as you know, has your
                                 (husband/wife) talked with relatives,
                            16   friends, or a counselor about problems
                                 either of you were having with your
                                 marriage?



                                 Has (he/she) talked with any of them
                            17
                                 within the last three years?
                     18   Has (he/she) done so recently?




Self-Evaluation of
Marriage
                          Taking all things together, how would you
                          describe your marriage? Would you say
                     1
                          that your marriage is very happy, pretty
                          happy, or not too happy?
                          If you had to do it all over again, would
                     2    you marry someone else, the same
                          person, or not marry at all?

                          Compared to other marriages you know
                          about, do you think your marriage is
                     4
                          better than most, about the same as most,
                          or not as good as most?


                          Comparing your marriage to three years
                     5    ago, is your marriage getting better,
                          staying the same, or getting worse?


                          Would you say the feelings of love you
                          have for your (husband/wife) are
                     7
                          extremely strong, very strong, pretty
                          strong, not too strong, or not strong at all?
                            Often, one partner in a marriage gives
                            more than the other. Do you feel that one
                       9
                            of you gives more to the marriage than the
                            other?



                       10   Who?



Marital Bonding
Factors
                            How many of your close friends would you
                       6    also consider as close friends of your
                            (husband's/wife's)?
                            How often do you and your
                            (husband/wife) attend church together?
                       8
                            Would you say weekly, once a month, less
                            than monthly, or never?




                            How many…[groups or clubs]...does your
                       9
                            (husband/wife) also belong to?




Separation Proneness
                    Sometimes, married
                                                        How often do you feel this way? Would
                    people think they would
                                                    3   you say very often, often, occasionally, or
                    enjoy living apart from
                                                        never?
                    their spouse.
                    Because of problems
                                                    4   Has this ever happened in your marriage?
                    people are having with
                    their marriage, they
                    sometimes leave home
                    either for a short time or as
                                                        Has this happened within the last three
                    a trial separation.             5
                                                        years?




                                                    6   How many times in the last three years?

                                                    7   Who left the last time?




                                                    8   How long were you separated?




Divorce Proneness
                                                        Has the thought of getting a divorce or
                                                    1   separation crossed your mind in the last
                                                        three years?
2    Are you thinking about it now?


     As far as you know, has the thought of
     divorce or a separation crossed your
4
     (husband's/wife's) mind in the last three
     years?



5    Is (he/she) thinking about it now?




     Have you or your (husband/wife) ever
7
     seriously suggested the idea of divorce?




8    Has this been within the last three years?

9    Recently?
     Who started the (most recent)
11
     conversation?
                                                   During the conversation, did you generally
                                              12   speak in favor of the idea, suggest it was
                                                   not a good idea, or express uncertainty?


                                              15   Did you talk about consulting an attorney?

                                              17   What about dividing up the property?
                                              19   Have you talked about filing?
                                                   Have you or your (husband/wife)
                                              20   consulted an attorney about a divorce or
                                                   separation in the last three years?
                                                   Have you or your (husband/wife) filed a
                                              22   divorce or separation petition in the last
                                                   three years?
Past Separation
Experience


                                              1    How long ago did this happen?


                                              2    Is this a legal separation?
                                                   Do you expect that this will be a
                                              3    permanent separation, or do you expect to
                                                   get back together?
                                                   When you separated, was it that you left
                                              4
                                                   or your (husband/wife)?



                  You said earlier that you
                  had separated from your
                  (husband/wife).
                                 How often do you talk with or get a letter
                                 from your (husband/wife)? Would you say
You said earlier that you   5
                                 weekly, once a month, less than monthly,
had separated from your          yearly, or never?
(husband/wife).
                                 When you talk with your (husband/wife),
                            6    is it usually about your children, money,
                                 old times, or something else?


                                 Would you say your relationship with your
                            7
                                 spouse is friendly, neutral, or unpleasant?

                            8    Are you going with someone now?
                            9    Are you engaged or living together?

                            11   How long ago did this happen?

                                 Quite often when people separate, one
                                 person wants to separate more than the
                            12   other. When separation first came up, who
                                 seemed to want it more you or your
                                 (husband/wife)?
                                 Who was it who first suggested the idea of
                            13
                                 (divorce/separation)?
                            16   Who actually filed for the divorce?

                            17   When you first separated, who left home?
                                 Overall, do you think you or your spouse
                            18   has been most happy with the decision to
                                 divorce?
                                 Looking back, do you think the divorce was
                            19
                                 a good idea or a bad idea?

                                 How often do you talk with or get a letter
                                 from your former (husband/wife)? Would
                            20
                                 you say weekly, once a month, less than
I'd like to ask a few            monthly, yearly, or never?
questions about the
(divorce/separation) from        When you talk with your former
your spouse.                     (husband/wife), is it usually about your
                            21
                                 children, money, old times, or something
                                 else?
                                 Would you say your relationship with your
                            22   former spouse is friendly, neutral, or
                                 unpleasant?
                                 I find myself wondering what my former
                            23
                                 (husband/wife) is doing.
                                 I find myself spending a lot of time
                            24
                                 thinking about my (husband/wife).
                            25   I have regained control of my life.
                                 Sometimes I can't believe that we're
                            26
                                 (separated/divorced).
                            27   I'm happy that I have more privacy.
                                 I feel I will never get over the
                            28
                                 (separation/divorce).
                                                         29      Are you going with someone now?
                                                         30      Are you engaged or living together?
Notes
a. Codebooks showed user-defined missing codes for V3229 as 98 and 99. Thus, respondent who reported a number of 100 friends was treated as a valid case.
b. Respondents with a score of 0 for V3303 was recoded as having a score of 1, based on codebook.
c. Codebooks showed user-defined missing codes for V3441 as 98 and 99. Thus, respondent who reported a score of 97 was treated as a valid case.
d. Codebooks showed user-defined missing codes for V3294 as 98 and 99. Thus, respondent who reported a score of 96 was treated as a valid case.


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Wave 3, Adults
                       Response                           Respondents           Variable name    Valid cases
                                                                             Codebook     Data




                                                                              V3355       T387     1,215


                                                                              V3356       T388     1,215

           Almost always [1]; Usually [2];                                    V3357       T389     1,212
                                                       Married respondents
             Occasionally [3]; Never [4]
                                                                              V3358       T390     1,214


                                                                              V3359       T391     1,213




      All of it [1]; Most of it [2]; About half [3];
                                                                              V3360       T392     1,215
           Less than half [4]; None of it [5]




                                                       Married respondents
                                                                    V3361   T393   1,210
Fair [1]; Do more than share [2]; Other [3]   Married respondents
                                                                    V3362   T394   1,189



              Yes [1]; No [2]                                       V3363   T395   1,215




                                                                    V3365   T397   1,213

              Yes [1]; No [2]

                                                                    V3366   T398   1,214

                                              Married respondents
   I do [1]; Spouse does [2]; Equal [3];
                                                                    V3367   T399   1,210
              Compromise [4]



              Yes [1]; No [2]                                       V3368   T400   1,213




                                                                    V3400   T432   1,216



                                              Married respondents
                                                                               V3401   T433   1,216
                                                   Married respondents


                                                                               V3402   T434   1,215


Very happy [1]; Pretty happy [2]; Not too                                      V3403   T435   1,205
                happy [3]
                                               Married respondents with kids   V3404   T436   1,141


                                                                               V3405   T437   986


                                                                               V3406   T438   1,209

                                                   Married respondents
                                                                               V3407   T439   1,214

                                                                               V3408   T440   1,211
Great deal [1]; Quite a bit [2]; Some [3]; A
                                                                               V3151   T175   1,216
            little [4]; None [5]



Never [1]; Rarely [2]; Sometimes [3]; Often
                                                                               V3369   T401   1,215
            [4]; Very often [5];



          A number of quarrels                                                 V3370   T402   1,206

                                                   Married respondents
                                               Married respondents




              Yes [1]; No [2]                                        V3371   T403   1,216




                                                                     V3413   T445   1,211
                                                                     V3414   T446   1,213
                                                                     V3415   T447   1,211
                                                                     V3416   T448   1,209


                                                                     V3417   T449   1,212


                                                                     V3418   T450   1,210
                                                                     V3419   T451   1,213
No [1]; Yes, spouse [2]; Yes, self [3]; Both
                                               Married respondents
                   [4]                                               V3421   T453   1,206

                                                                     V3422   T454   1,212


                                                                     V3423   T455   1,213


                                                                     V3424   T456   1,214
                                                               V3425       T457   1,214
                                                               V3426       T458   1,214
                                                               V3420       T452   1,207



 Yes [1]; No [2]             Married respondents               V3440       T472   1,210

                   If respondents answered "YES" to V3440
                                                                       c
Number of years      (Have you ever thought your marriage      V3441       T473   738
                             might be in trouble?)
                   If respondents answered "YES" to V3440
                     (Have you ever thought your marriage      V3442       T474   624
                             might be in trouble?)
                   If respondents answered "YES" to V3440
                     (Have you ever thought your marriage      V3443       T475   282
                             might be in trouble?)


                             Married respondents               V3450       T482   1,177



                    If respondents answered "YES" to V3450
                   (As far as you know, has your spouse ever   V3451       T483   451
                     thought your marriage was in trouble?)


                    If respondents answered "YES" to V3450
                   (As far as you know, has your spouse ever   V3452       T484   192
                     thought your marriage was in trouble?)
                  If respondents answered "YES" to V3440
                    (Have you ever thought your marriage     V3444   T476   1,210
                            might be in trouble?)

                  If respondents answered "YES" to V3444
                       (Have you ever talked with family
Yes [1]; No [2]   members, friends, clergy, counselors, or   V3445   T477   472
                    social workers about problems in your
                                  marriage?)

                  If respondents answered "YES" to V3444
                       (Have you ever talked with family
                  members, friends, clergy, counselors, or   V3446   T478   259
                    social workers about problems in your
                                  marriage?)



                           Married respondents               V3447   T479   1,171



                  If respondents answered "YES" to V3447
                          (As far as you know, has your
                     (husband/wife) talked with relatives,
                                                             V3448   T480   233
                   friends, or a counselor about problems
                      either of you were having with your
                                    marriage?)
                                             If respondents answered "YES" to V3447
                                                     (As far as you know, has your
                                                (husband/wife) talked with relatives,
                                                                                        V3449   T481   137
                                              friends, or a counselor about problems
                                                 either of you were having with your
                                                               marriage?)




Very happy [1]; Pretty happy [2]; Not too
                                                                                        V3428   T460   1,212
                happy [3]


 Someone else [1]; Same person [2]; Not
                                                                                        V3427   T459   1,173
            marry at all [3]




   Better [1]; Same [2]; Not as good [3]                                                V3429   T461   1,207



                                                      Married respondents
 Getting better [1]; Staying the same [2];
Getting worse [3]; Not married three years                                              V3472   T505   1,213
                  ago [4]


  Extremely strong [1]; Very strong [2];
  Pretty strong [3]; Not strong [4]; Not                                                V3473   T506   1,214
             strong at all [5]
            Yes [1]; No [2]                                                             V3411   T443   1,205



                                           If respondents answered "YES" to V3411
                                             (Often one partner in a marriage gives
          Self [1]; Spouse [2]            more than the other. Do you feel that one     V3412   T444   327
                                          of you gives more to the marriage than the
                                                            other?)




                              a
          Number of friends                                                             V3229   T257   1,078

                                                    Married respondents
Weekly [1]; Once a month [2]; Less than
                                                                                        V3158   T182   1,215
        monthly [3]; Never [4]


                                            If respondents answered yes to q.3231
                                           (Some people are members of different
                                              organizations such as church groups,
     Number of club memberships           unions, or job-related groups, fraternal or   V3233   T261   782
                                             civic groups, or recreation groups like
                                           bowling or card clubs. Do you belong to
                                                      any groups or clubs?)
Very often [1]; Often [2]; Occasionally [3];
                                                                                             V3364   T396   1,212
                 Never [4]
                                                         Married respondents


              Yes [1]; No [2]                                                                V3467   T500   1,208

                                                If respondents answered "YES" to V3467
                                                (Because of problems people are having
                                                with their marriage they sometimes leave
              Yes [1]; No [2]                                                                V3468   T501   130
                                                home either for a short time or as a trial
                                               separation. Has this ever happened in your
                                                               marriage?)

             Number of times                    If respondents answered "YES" to V3468       V3469   T502    50
                                                (Has this happened within the last three
            Self [1]; Spouse [2]                                years?)                      V3470   T503    50
                                                If respondents answered "YES" to V3467
                                                (Because of problems people are having
Few hours [1]; Overnight [2]; 2 or more
                                                with their marriage they sometimes leave
days [3]; Month or more [4]; Still hasn't                                                    V3471   T504    50
                                                home either for a short time or as a trial
            come back [5]
                                               separation. Has this ever happened in your
                                                               marriage?)




                                                         Married respondents                 V3453   T485   1,212
                                  If respondents answered "YES" to V3453
                                   (Has the thought of getting a divorce or
                                                                              V3454   T486   233
                                  separation crossed your mind in the last
                                                three years?)


                                           Married respondents                V3455   T487   1,191



       Yes [1]; No [2]            If respondents answered "YES" to V3455
                                   (As far as you know, has the thought of
                                     divorce or a separation crossed your     V3456   T488   166
                                  (husband's/wife's) mind in the last three
                                                    years?)

                                  If respondents answered "YES" to V3453
                                   (Has the thought of getting a divorce or
                                  separation crossed your mind in the last
                                     three years?) or V3455 (As far as you    V3457   T490   158
                                    know, has the thought of divorce or a
                                 separation crossed your (husband's/wife's)
                                         mind in the last three years?)


                                                                              V3458   T491    89
       Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                                              V3459   T492    75

Self [1]; Spouse [2]; Both [3]                                                V3460   T493    61




                                  If respondents answered "YES" to V3457
                                   (Have you or your (husband/wife) ever
                                  seriously suggested the idea of divorce?)
 Favor idea [1]; Not good idea [2];
                                                                                   V3461    T494   75
          Uncertainty [3];
                                       If respondents answered "YES" to V3457
                                        (Have you or your (husband/wife) ever
                                                                                   V3462    T495   75
                                       seriously suggested the idea of divorce?)
                                                                                   V3463    T496   75
                                                                                   V3464    T497   75

           Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                                                   V3465    T498   74



                                                                                   V3466    T499   75




              Months                                                               V3294d   T324   15


           Yes [1]; No [2]                                                         V3295    T325   16


Permanent [1]; Get back together [2]                                               V3296    T326   13


Respondent [1]; Spouse [2]; Both [3]                                               V3297    T327   16



                                               Separated respondents
Weekly [1]; Once a month [2]; Less than
                                                    Separated respondents             V3298   T328   16
  monthly [3]; Yearly [4]; Never [5]



Children [1]; Money [2]; Old times [3];
                                                                                      V3299   T329   14
          Something else [4]



Friendly [1]; Neutral [2]; Unpleasant [3]                                             V3300   T330   13


             Yes [1]; No [2]                                                          V3301   T331   16
            Yes [1]; No [2]b                                                          V3303   T333   3
                                            If respondents divorced in 1983 and did
   Number of months since divorce                                                     V3307   T337   18
                                                         not remarry



  Self [1]; Spouse [2]; About equal [3]                If ever divorced               V3314   T344   92




                                              Divorced or separated respondents       V3315   T345   92
Respondent [1]; Spouse [2]; Mutual [3]
                                                                                      V3316   T346   76

 Respondent [1]; Spouse [2]; Both [3]                                                 V3317   T347   76
Respondent [1]; Spouse [2]; Equally happy
                                                                                    V3318   T348   75
        [3]; Neither happy [4]

Good idea [1]; Bad idea [2]; A little of both
                                                                                    V3319   T349   76
                    [3]


                                                      Divorced respondents
 Weekly [1]; Once a month [2]; Less than
                                                                                    V3308   T338   77
   monthly [3]; Yearly [4]; Never [5]




  Children [1]; Money [2]; Old times [3];
                                                                                    V3309   T339   58
            Something else [4]



 Friendly [1]; Neutral [2]; Unpleasant [3]                                          V3310   T340   59


                                                                                    V3339   T369   92


                                                                                    V3340   T371   92

Strongly agree [1]; Agree [2]; Disagree [3];                                        V3341   T372   92
                                                Divorced or separated respondents
           Strongly disagree [4]
                                                                                    V3342   T373   91

                                                                                    V3343   T374   92

                                                                                    V3344   T375   91
                                                                                      V3311   T341   77
                            Yes [1]; No [2]                    Divorced respondents
                                                                                      V3313   T343   48


 ported a number of 100 friends was treated as a valid case.
.
 ported a score of 97 was treated as a valid case.
eported a score of 96 was treated as a valid case.


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Marital Instability over the Life Course, Wave 4, Adults
      Constructs   Question Header   Index                    Question


Locus of Control

                                             Even with the most loving couples, a
                                      1      satisfying relationship doesn't just happen;
                                             it is the result of a lot of work.


                                             Couples who have a satisfying relationship
                                      2      are constantly trying to improve it; a good
                                             relationship doesn't just happen.


                                             The unhappy times in our marriage just
                                      3
                                             seem to happen regardless of what I do.

                                             There are always things I can do to end an
                                      4      argument with my spouse that leaves us
                                             feeling better.

                                             When I want my (husband/wife) to do
                                      5      something (she/he) hadn't planned on, it's
                                             often difficult to get (him/her) to do it.
     Difficulties with my spouse often start with
6
     chance remarks.

     When things begin to get rough in my
7
     marriage, I can see that I had a hand in it.

     Something more than a couple's effort is
     needed to bring about a satisfactory
8
     marriage; it's a special magic that is either
     there or it isn't.

     Good communication in a marriage is a
9
     matter of learning and applying skills.

     Putting effort into the relationship will
10   practically guarantee a successful
     marriage.

     If my marriage were a long, happy one, I'd
11
     say that I must just be very lucky.

     How well I get along with my
12   (husband/wife) depends mostly on how
     (he/she) is feeling that day.
     At times, there doesn't seem to be any
13   way out of a disagreement with my
     (husband/wife).
     Couples who seldom fight with each other
14
     have just been very lucky.
     It seems to me that maintaining a
15   smoothly running marriage is a matter of
     skill, not luck.
                                                I find that day-to-day events have a lot of
                                           16   influence on how my (husband/wife) and I
                                                get along.

                                                If we put our minds to it, my
                                           17   (husband/wife) and I can get along happily
                                                in the most trying circumstances.

                                                When we have an unpleasant time in our
                                           18   marriage, I can always see how I helped to
                                                bring it about.
                                                Circumstances play a small role in causing
                                           19   marital happiness; it is largely a matter of
                                                our own doing.
                                                When I look over the course of my
                                           20   marriage I can't help but think that it was
                                                just meant to be the way it is.
Interaction
                                                How often do you eat your main meals
                                           1
              Now, we are going to              together?
              discuss your CURRENT         2    Go shopping together?
              marriage relationship. The
              following are some things    3    How often do you visit friends together?
              couples sometimes do
              together. For each one,           Work together on projects around the
                                           4
              indicate how often you and        house?
              your spouse do this
                                                When you go out -- say, to play cards,
              together.
                                           5    bowling, or a movie -- how often do you
                                                do this together?
Division of Labor
                                                       How much of this kind of work usually is
                                                   1
                                                       done by you?
                                                       Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                                                   2
                    In every family there are a        you do more than your share?
                    lot of routine tasks that          What about your spouse? Does (he/she)
                    have to be done -- cleaning        think the current arrangement is fair or
                    the house, doing the           3
                                                       that (he/she) is doing more than (his/her)
                    laundry, cleaning up after         share?
                    meals, cooking dinners, etc.
                                                       Do you and your (husband/wife) have
                                                       arguments or disagreements about
                                                   4
                                                       whether one of you is doing their share of
                                                       the housework?
Power
                                                       Are there any kinds of decisions made
                                                   1   around your house where your decision is
                                                       the final word?
                                                       What about your spouse? Are there any
                                                   2   kinds of decisions where (his/her) decision
                                                       is the final word?

                                                       Overall, considering all the kinds of
                                                   3   decisions you two make, does your spouse
                                                       more often have the final word or do you?

                                                       Overall, are you satisfied with the amount
                                                   4   of influence you have in family decision
                                                       making?
Relationship Happiness

                                                             With the amount of understanding you
                                                        1
                                                             receive from your (husband/wife)?
                                                             With the amount of love and affection you
                                                        2
                                                             receive?
                                                             With the extent to which you and your
                                                        3
                                                             spouse agree about things?
                         There are different aspects
                                                        4    With your sexual relationship?
                         of married life. For each of
                         the following, indicate             With the way your spouse gets along with
                                                        5
                         whether you are very                your children?
                         happy, pretty happy, or not         With your spouse's performance as a
                         too happy with this aspect     6
                                                             breadwinner?
                         of your marriage. How
                         happy are you…                      With your spouse as someone who takes
                                                        7
                                                             care of things around the house?

                                                             With your spouse as someone to do things
                                                        8
                                                             with?

                                                        9    With your spouse's faithfulness to you?

                                                             How much satisfaction do you get from
                                                        10
                                                             your marriage?
                                                             The quality of your marriage relative to
                                                        11
                                                             other marriages you know about.
                         I'm going to mention a               The extent to which your (husband/wife)
                         number of areas of life. For   12   is fulfilling (his/her) responsibilities to the
                         each one, I would like you          marriage.
                         to tell me about the
                         amount of satisfaction you
                         get.
                         I'm going to mention a
                         number of areas of life. For
                         each one, I would like you
                         to tell me about the
                                                             How well your (husband/wife) is fulfilling
                         amount of satisfaction you     13
                                                             your needs.
                         get.
                                                             The extent to which your marriage is
                                                        14
                                                             meeting your original expectations.

Relationship Conflicts

                                                             How often do you disagree with your
                                                        1
                                                             (husband/wife)?

                                                             How many serious quarrels have you had
                                                        2
                                                             with your spouse in the past two months?

                         In many households, bad
                         feelings and arguments
                         occur from time to time. In
                                                             Has this ever happened between you and
                         many cases people get so       3
                                                             your (husband/wife)?
                         angry that they slap, hit,
                         push, kick, or throw things
                         at one another.

Relationship Problems

                                                        1    Gets angry easily?
                                                        2    Has feelings that are easily hurt?
                                                        3    Is jealous?
                                                        4    Is domineering?
                                                        5    Is critical!?
                                                        6    Is moody?
                         There are several problem
                         areas in marriage. Have you
                         had a problem in your
                         marriage because one of
                         you…
                       There are several problem
                       areas in marriage. Have you   7    Won't talk to the other?
                       had a problem in your              Has had a sexual relationship with
                       marriage because one of       8
                                                          someone else?
                       you…
                                                     9    Has irritating habits?
                                                     10   Is not at home enough?
                                                     11   Spends money foolishly?
                                                     12   Drinks or uses drugs?
                                                     13   Has been in trouble with the law
                                                     15   Has become less interested in sex?
Relationship Trouble
                                                          Have you ever thought your marriage
                                                     1
                                                          might be in trouble?
                                                          How long ago did you first feel that way?
                                                     2
                                                          (IF LESS THAN 1 YEAR, RECORD 0.)
                                                          Have you thought this within the last three
                                                     3
                                                          years?
                                                     4    Do you feel this way now?

                                                          As far as you know, has your spouse ever
                                                     5
                                                          thought your marriage was in trouble?

                                                          Has (he/she) thought this way in the last
                                                     6
                                                          three years?
                       Many marriages go through
                       some ups and downs from       7    Does (he/she) feel this way now?
                       time to time. Even people
                       who get along well with
                       their spouse sometimes
                       wonder whether their
                       marriage is working.
                     Many marriages go through
                     some ups and downs from
                     time to time. Even people        Have you ever talked with family
                     who get along well with          members, friends, clergy, counselors, or
                     their spouse sometimes      9
                                                      social workers about problems in your
                     wonder whether their             marriage?
                     marriage is working.
                                                      Have you talked with them about your
                                                 10   marital problems within the last three
                                                      years?
                                                 15   Have you talked with them recently?
                                                      As far as you know, has your
                                                      (husband/wife) talked with relatives,
                                                 16   friends, or a counselor about problems
                                                      either of you were having with your
                                                      marriage?

                                                      Has (he/she) talked with any of them
                                                 17
                                                      within the last three years?
                                                 18   Has (he/she) done so recently?
Self-Evaluation of
Marriage
                                                      Taking all things together, how would you
                                                 1
                                                      describe your marriage?
                                                      If you had to do it all over again, would
                                                 2    you marry someone else, the same
                                                      person, or not marry at all?

                                                      Compared to other marriages you know
                                                      about, do you think your marriage is
                                                 4
                                                      better than most, about the same as most,
                                                      or not as good as most?
                       Comparing your marriage to three years
                  5    ago, is your marriage getting better,
                       staying the same, or getting worse?


                       Would you say the feelings of love you
                       have for your (husband/wife) are
                  7
                       extremely strong, very strong, pretty
                       strong, not too strong, or not strong at all?

                       Often, one partner in a marriage gives
                       more than the other. Do you feel that one
                  9
                       of you gives more to the marriage than the
                       other?
                  10   Who?
Marital Bonding
Factors
                       How many of your close friends would you
                  6    also consider as close friends of your
                       (husband's/wife's)?

                       How often do you and your
                       (husband/wife) attend church together?
                  8
                       Would you say weekly, once a month, less
                       than monthly, or never?
                                                 How many…[groups or clubs]...does your
                                             9
                                                 (husband/wife) also belong to?




Separation

             Sometimes married people
                                                 How often do you feel this way? Would
             think they would enjoy
                                             3   you say very often, often, occasionally, or
             living apart from their
                                                 never?
             spouse.

             Because of problems
             people are having with
             their marriage, they
                                             4   Has this ever happened in your marriage?
             sometimes leave home
             either for a short time or as
             a trial separation.
                                                 Has this happened within the last three
                                             5
                                                 years?
                                                 How many times within the last three
                                             6
                                                 years?
                                             7   Who left the last time?

                                                 How long were you separated (the last
                                             8
                                                 time)?
Divorce Proneness
                         Has the thought of getting a divorce or
                    1    separation crossed your mind in the last
                         three years?
                    2    Are you thinking about it now?
                         As far as you know, has the thought of
                         divorce or separation crossed your
                    4
                         (husband's/wife's) mind in the last three
                         years?
                    5    Is (he/she) thinking about it now?

                         Have you or your (husband/wife) ever
                    7
                         seriously suggested the idea of divorce?


                    8    Has this been within the last three years?

                    9    Recently?
                         Who started the (most recent)
                    11
                         conversation?

                         During the conversation, did you generally
                    12   speak in favor of the idea, suggest it was
                         not a good idea, or express uncertainty?


                    15   Did you talk about consulting an attorney?

                    17   What about dividing up the property?
                    19   Have you talked about filing?
                                                      Have you or your (husband/wife)
                                                 20   consulted an attorney about a divorce or
                                                      separation in the last three years?
                                                      Have you or your (husband/wife) filed a
                                                 22   divorce or separation petition in the last
                                                      three years?
Past
Divorce/Separation
Experience


                                                 1    How long ago did this happen?


                                                 2    Is this a legal separation?
                                                      Do you expect that this will be a
                                                 3    permanent separation, or do you expect to
                                                      get back together?
                                                      When you separated, was it you that left
                                                 4
                                                      or your (husband/wife)?
                     You said earlier that you
                     had separated from your          How often do you talk with or get a letter
                     (husband/wife).                  from your (husband/wife)? Would you say
                                                 5
                                                      weekly, once a month, less than monthly,
                                                      yearly, or never?

                                                      When you talk with your husband/wife, is
                                                 6    it usually about your children, money, old
                                                      times, or something else?
                                  Would you say your relationship with your
                             7
                                  spouse is friendly, neutral, or unpleasant?

                             8    Are you going with someone now?
                             9    Are you engaged or living together?
                             11   How long ago did you get a divorce?
Quite often when people
                                  When separation first came up, who
separate, one person wants
                             12   seemed to want it more -- you or your
to separate more than the
                                  (husband/wife)?
other.
                                  Who was it that first suggested the idea of
                             13
                                  divorce/separation?
                             16   Who actually filed for the divorce?

                             17   When you first separated, who left home?

                                  Overall, do you think you or your former
                             18   spouse has been most happy with the
                                  decision to divorce?
                                  Looking back, do you think the divorce was
                             19
                                  a good idea or a bad idea?

                                  How often do you talk with or get a letter
                                  from your former (husband/wife)? Would
                             20
                                  you say weekly, once a month, less than
                                  monthly, yearly, or never?
                                                                 When you talk with your former
                                                                 (husband/wife), is it usually about your
                                                          21
                                                                 children, money, old times, or something
                                                                 else?
                                                                 Would you say your relationship with your
                                                          22     former spouse is friendly, neutral, or
                                                                 unpleasant?
                                                                 I find myself wondering about what my
                                                          23
                                                                 (husband/wife) is doing.
                                                                 I find myself spending a lot of time
                                                          24
                                                                 thinking about my (husband/wife).
                                                          25     I have regained control of my life.
                                                                 Sometimes, I can't believe that we're
                                                          26
                                                                 (separated/divorced).


                                                          27     I'm happy that I have more privacy.


                                                                 I feel I will never get over the
                                                          28
                                                                 (separation/divorce).
                                                          29     Are you going with someone now?
                                                          30     Are you engaged or living together?
Notes

a. Although codebooks showed that F454 was asked of all respondents, a closer examination showed that this question is asked of respondents who answered yes to

b. Although codebooks showed that F467 was asked of all respondents, a closer examination showed that this question is asked of respondents who answered yes t

c. Codebooks stated that the questions (i.e., F397, F398, F400, F401, F402, F403, F404, F405, F406, F399, F407, F408, F409, F410, and F411) were asked of responde
questions were asked of respondents who were ever divorced or separated.
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Wave 4, Adults
            Response   Respondents      Variable name     Valid cases
                                     Codebook      Data




                                       533         F533     1,036




                                       534         F534     1,032




                                       535         F535      997



                                       536         F536      998




                                       537         F537     1,030
                                                                                 538   F538   1,016


                                                                                 539   F539   990




                                                                                 540   F540   977




                                                                                 541   F541   1,029


Strongly agree [1]; Agree [2]; Disagree [3];   Respondents who were married or   542   F542   1,013
           Strongly disagree [4]                   married and living apart


                                                                                 543   F543   1,024



                                                                                 544   F544   1,027



                                                                                 545   F545   1,025


                                                                                 546   F546   1,015


                                                                                 547   F547   1,010
                                                                    548   F548   1,027




                                                                    549   F549   1,028




                                                                    550   F550   1,007



                                                                    551   F551   1,005



                                                                    552   F552   982




                                                                    423   F423   1,041

                                                                    424   F424   1,040

                                                                    425   F425   1,041
Almost always [1]; Usually [2];   Respondents who were married or
  Occasionally [3]; Never [4]         married and living apart
                                                                    426   F426   1,041


                                                                    427   F427   1,039
All of it [1]; Most of it [2]; About half [3];
                                                                                   428   F428   1,041
     Less than half [4]; None of it [5]

                                                                                   429   F429   1,031

Fair [1]; Do more than share [2]; Other [3]
                                                                                   430   F430   1,016




              Yes [1]; No [2]                                                      431   F431   1,038




                                                                                   433   F433   1,036

              Yes [1]; No [2]

                                                                                   434   F434   1,035

                                                 Respondents who were married or
                                                     married and living apart
        I Do [1]; Spouse does [2];
                                                                                   435   F435   1,034
          Equal/Compromise [3]



              Yes [1]; No [2]                                                      436   F436   1,037
                                                                                   468   F468   1,037


                                                                                   469   F469   1,038


                                                                                   470   F470   1,038

                                                                                   471   F471   1,031

                                                                                   472   F472   984
Very happy [1]; Pretty happy [2]; Not too
                happy [3]
                                                                                   473   F473   845


                                                                                   474   F474   1,035

                                                 Respondents who were married or
                                                     married and living apart      475   F475   1,038


                                                                                   476   F476   1,037

Great deal [1]; Quit a bit [2]; Some [3]; A
                                                                                   193   F193   1,037
           little [4]; None [5]

                                                                                   556   F556   1,032



Very satisfied [1]; Pretty well satisfied [2];                                     553   F553   1,038
Somewhat satisfied [3]; Not too satisfied
                     [4]
Very satisfied [1]; Pretty well satisfied [2];
Somewhat satisfied [3]; Not too satisfied
                     [4]
                                                                                   554   F554   1,036


                                                                                   555   F555   1,030




Never [1]; Rarely [2]; Sometimes [3]; Often
                                                                                   437   F437   1,039
             [4]; Very often [5]


            Number of quarrels                                                     438   F438   1,034

                                                 Respondents who were married or
                                                     married and living apart


               Yes [1]; No [2]                                                     439   F439   1,041




                                                                                   481   F481   1,034
                                                                                   482   F482   1,033
                                                                                   483   F483   1,035
                                                                                   484   F484   1,033
                                                                                   485   F485   1,033
                                                                                   486   F486   1,035

No [1]; Yes, spouse [2]; Yes, self [3]; Both     Respondents who were married or
                   [4]                               married and living apart
                                                                                 487   F487   1,035
No [1]; Yes, spouse [2]; Yes, self [3]; Both   Respondents who were married or
                   [4]                             married and living apart      489   F489   1,028

                                                                                 490   F490   1,033
                                                                                 491   F491   1,035
                                                                                 492   F492   1,034
                                                                                 493   F493   1,033
                                                                                 494   F494   1,034
                                                                                 488   F488   1,031



              Yes [1]; No [2]                                                    498   F498   1,038


             Number of years                                                     499   F499   507


                                                                                 500   F500   393

                                                                                 501   F501   225


                                                                                 508   F508   999


                                                                                 509   F509   349

                                                                                 510   F510   146

                                               Respondents who were married or
                                                   married and living apart

              Yes [1]; No [2]
                                            Respondents who were married or
                                                married and living apart      502   F502   1,038

             Yes [1]; No [2]


                                                                              503   F503   377


                                                                              504   F504   200



                                                                              505   F505   1,012




                                                                              506   F506   206

                                                                              507   F507   111



Very happy [1]; Pretty happy [2]; Not too
                                                                              496   F496   1,037
                happy [3]

Someone else [1]; Same person [2]; Not
                                                                              495   F495   996
           marry at all [3]




  Better [1]; Same [2]; Not as good [3]                                       497   F497   1,028




                                            Respondents who were married or
                                                married and living apart
 Getting better [1]; Staying the same [2];
                                              Respondents who were married or
Getting worse [3]; Not married three years                                      531   F531   1,032
                                                  married and living apart
              ago/INAP [4]


   Extremely strong [1], Very strong [2],
 Pretty strong [3], Not too strong [4], Not                                     532   F532   1,034
              strong at all [5]




              Yes [1]; No [2]                                                   479   F479   1,031


            Self [1]; Spouse [2]                                                480   F480   288




            Number of friends                                                   262   F262   946

                                              Respondents who were married or
                                                  married and living apart
 Weekly [1]; Once a month [2]; less than
                                                                                200   F200   1,036
       monthly [3]; or Never [4]
                                                   Respondents who were married or
                                               married and living apart answered "YES" to
                                                  F264 (Some people are members of
                                                 different organizations such as church
             Number of clubs                                                                266   F266   694
                                                  groups, miens, or job-related group,
                                                 fraternal or civic groups, or recreation
                                                groups like bowling or card clubs. Do you
                                                     belong to any groups or clubs?)




Very Often [1]; Often [2]; Occasionally [3];
                                                                                            432   F432   1,039
                 Never [4]




              Yes [1]; No [2]                                                               526   F526   1,036

                                                   Respondents who were married or
                                                       married and living apart

              Yes [1]; No [2]                                                               527   F527   108


       The number of separations                                                            528   F528    27

            Self [1]; Spouse [2]                                                            529   F529    27
 Few hours [1]; Overnight [2]; 2 or more
 days [3]; Month or more [4]; Still hasn't                                                  530   F530    27
             come back [5]
                                                                       511   F511   1,036


                                                                       512   F512   176


                                                                       513   F513   1,005

         Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                                       514   F514   128


                                                                       516   F516   138


                                                                       517   F517    75

                                                                       518   F518    69
                                     Respondents who were married or
  Self [1]; Spouse [2]; Both [3]         married and living apart      519   F519    66


Favor idea [1]; Not good idea [2];
                                                                       520   F520    68
          Uncertain [3]


                                                                       521   F521    67

                                                                       522   F522    69
                                                                       523   F523    69
         Yes [1]; No [2]
            Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                                   524   F524   68



                                                                   525   F525   68




          Number of months                                         367   F367   10


            Yes [1]; No [2]                                        368   F368   10


 Permanent [1]; Get back together [2]                              369   F369   7


 Respondent [1]; Spouse [2]; Both [3]                              370   F370   10


Weekly [1]; Once a month [2]; Less than
                                          If currently separated   371   F371   10
  monthly [3]; Yearly [4]; Never [5]



Children [1]; Money [2]; Old times [3];
                                                                   372   F372   10
          Something else [4]
 Friendly [1]; Neutral [2]; Unpleasant [3]                                      373   F373   10


                                                                                374   F374   10
               Yes [1]; No [2]
                                                                                376   F376    2
          The number of months                      If currently divorced       380   F380   101


   Self [1]; Spouse [2]; About equal [3]                                        387   F387   141


                                                If ever separated or divorced
                                                                                388   F388   141
  Respondent [1]; Spouse [2]; Mutual [3]
                                                                                389   F389   131

       Self [1]; Spouse [2]; Both [3]                                           390   F390   140


Respondent [1]; Spouse [2]; Equally happy
                                                                                391   F391   129
        [3]; Neither happy [4]

Good idea [1]; Bad idea [2]; A little of both
                                                                                392   F392   129
                    [3]


 Weekly [1]; Once a month [2]; Less than
                                                                                381   F381   101
   monthly [3]; Yearly [4]; Never [5]
                                                      If ever divorced
                                                                      If ever divorced



               Children [1]; Money [2]; Old times [3];
                                                                                                       382           F382          67
                         Something else [4]



              Friendly [1]; Neutral [2]; Unpleasant [3]                                                383           F383          68


                                                                                                       412           F412          140


             Strongly agree [1]; Agree [2]; Disagree [3];                                              414           F414          140
                        Strongly disagree [4]
                                                                                                       415           F415          138

                                                               If ever separated or divorced           416           F416          139


             Strongly agree [1]; Agree [2]; Disagree [3];
                                                                                                       417           F417          140
              Strongly disagree [4]; Does not apply [5]

             Strongly agree [1]; Agree [2]; Disagree [3];
                                                                                                       418           F418          140
                        Strongly disagree [4]
                                                                                                       384           F384          101
                           Yes [1]; No [2]                          If currently divorced
                                                                                                       386           F386          41


ed that this question is asked of respondents who answered yes to F452 or F453.

ed that this question is asked of respondents who answered yes to F465 or F466.

F399, F407, F408, F409, F410, and F411) were asked of respondents who were divorced or separated. A closer examination showed that the
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        Constructs          Question Header             Index                     Question



Interaction
                                                                How often do you eat your main meal
                                                         1
                                                                together?
                     Now, we are going to discuss        2      Go shopping together?
                     your CURRENT marriage
                     relationship. The following are     3      How often do you visit friends together?
                     some things couples sometimes
                     do together. For each one,                 Work together on projects around the
                                                         4
                     indicate how often you and your            house?
                     spouse do this together.
                                                                When you go out -- say, to play cards,
                                                         5      bowling, or a movie -- how often do you
                                                                do this together?
Division of Labor
                                                                How much of this kind of work usually is
                                                         1
                                                                done by you?
                                                                Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                                                         2
                     In every family, there are a lot           you do more than your share?
                     of routine tasks that have to be
                     done -- cleaning the house,
                     doing the laundry, cleaning up
                     after meals, cooking dinners,
                     etc.
        In every family, there are a lot
        of routine tasks that have to be
        done -- cleaning the house,            What about your spouse? Does (he/she)
        doing the laundry, cleaning up     3   think the current arrangement is fair or
        after meals, cooking dinners,          that they are doing more than their share?
        etc.
                                               Do you and your spouse have arguments
                                           4   or disagreements about whether one of
                                               you is doing their share of the housework?

                                               How much of the looking after children
                                           5
                                               usually is done by you?
                                               Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                                           6
                                               you do more than your share?

                                               What about your spouse? Does (he/she)
                                           7   think the current arrangement is fair or
                                               that they are doing more than their share?

                                               Do you and your spouse have arguments
                                               or disagreements about whether one of
                                           8
                                               you is doing their share of looking after the
                                               children?
                                               Is the way you divide up the child care
                                               mostly the way you want it, the way your
                                           9
                                               spouse wants it, or the way you both want
                                               it?
Power
                                               Are there any kinds of decisions made
                                           1   around your house where your decision is
                                               the final word?
                                                                What about your spouse? Are there any
                                                            2   kinds of decisions where (his/her) decision
                                                                is the final word?

                                                                Overall, considering all the kinds of
                                                            3   decisions you two make, does your spouse
                                                                more often have the final word or do you?

                                                                Overall, are you satisfied with the amount
                                                            4   of influence you have in family decision
                                                                making?
Relationship Happiness
                                                                With the amount of understanding you
                                                            1
                                                                receive from your spouse?
                                                                With the amount of love and affection you
                                                            2
                                                                receive?
                                                                With the extent to which you and your
                                                            3
                                                                spouse agree about things?
                         There are different aspects of     4   With your sexual relationship?
                         married life. For each of the
                                                                With the way your spouse gets along with
                         following, indicate whether you    5
                                                                your child?
                         are very happy, pretty happy, or
                         not too happy with this aspect         With your spouse's performance as a
                                                            6
                         of your marriage. How happy            breadwinner?
                         are you…
                                                                With your spouse as someone who takes
                                                            7
                                                                care of things around the house?

                                                                With your spouse as someone to do things
                                                            8
                                                                with?
                                                            9    With your spouse's faithfulness to you?


                                                                 How much satisfaction do you get from
                                                            10
                                                                 your marriage?

Relationship Conflicts
                                                                 How often do you disagree with your
                                                            1    spouse? Would you say never, rarely,
                                                                 sometimes, often, or very often?

                                                                 How many serious quarrels have you had
                                                            2
                                                                 with your spouse in the past two months?

                         In many households, bad
                         feelings and arguments occur
                         from time to time. In many              Has this ever happened between you and
                                                            3
                         cases people get so angry that          your spouse?
                         they slap, hit, push, kick, or
                         throw things at one another.
                                                                 The last time this happened, which person
                                                            5
                                                                 did the hitting or throwing?
Relationship Problems
                                                            1    Gets angry easily?
                                                            2    Has feelings that are easily hurt?
                                                            3    Is jealous?
                                                            4    Is domineering?
                                                            5    Is critical?
                         There are several problem areas
                         in marriage. Have you had a
                         problem in your marriage
                         because one of you...? IF R SAYS
                         YES, ASK: Would that be you or
                         your spouse?
                       There are several problem areas    6    Is moody?
                       in marriage. Have you had a
                                                          7    Won't talk to the other?
                       problem in your marriage
                       because one of you...? IF R SAYS        Has had a sexual relationship with
                                                          8
                       YES, ASK: Would that be you or          someone else?
                       your spouse?                       9    Has irritating habits?
                                                          10   Is not at home enough?
                                                          11   Spends money foolishly?
                                                          12   Drinks or uses drugs?
                                                          13   Has been in trouble with the law?
                                                          15   Has become less interested in sex?
Relationship Trouble
                                                               Have you ever thought your marriage
                                                          1
                                                               might be in trouble?
                                                               How long ago did you feel that way? (IF
                                                          2
                                                               LESS THAN 1 YEAR, RECORD 97)
                                                               Have you thought this within the last three
                                                          3
                                                               years?
                                                          4    Do you feel this way now?

                                                               As far as you know, has your spouse ever
                                                          5
                                                               thought your marriage was in trouble?

                                                               Has (he/she) thought this way in the last
                                                          6
                                                               three years?
                       Many marriages go through
                                                          7    Does (he/she) feel this way now?
                       some ups and downs from time
                       to time. Even people who get
                       along well with their spouse
                       sometimes wonder whether
                       their marriage is working.
                     Many marriages go through
                     some ups and downs from time
                     to time. Even people who get        Have you ever talked with family
                     along well with their spouse        members, friends, clergy, counselors, or
                                                    9
                     sometimes wonder whether            social workers about problems in your
                     their marriage is working.          marriage?
                                                         Have you talked with them about your
                                                    10   marital problems within the last three
                                                         years?
                                                    15   Have you talked with them recently?
                                                         As far as you know, has your
                                                         (husband/wife) talked with relatives,
                                                    16   friends, or a counselor about problems
                                                         either of you were having with your
                                                         marriage?
                                                         Has (he/she) talked with any of them
                                                    17
                                                         within the last three years?
                                                    18   Has (he/she) done so recently?
Self-Evaluation of
Marriage
                                                         Taking all things together, how would you
                                                    1
                                                         describe your marriage?
                                                         If you had it to do all over again, would
                                                    2    you marry someone else, the same
                                                         person, or not marry at all?

                                                         Compared to other marriages you know
                                                         about, do you think your marriage is
                                                    4
                                                         better than most, about the same as most,
                                                         or not as good as most?
                               Comparing your marriage to three years
                          5    ago, is your marriage getting better,
                               staying the same, or getting worse?


                               Would you say the feelings of love you
                               have for your spouse are extremely strong,
                          7
                               very strong, pretty strong, not too strong,
                               or not strong at all?

                               Often, one partner in a marriage gives
                               more than the other. Do you feel that one
                          9
                               of you gives more to the marriage than the
                               other?

                          10   Who?

                               When you compare how attractive you are
                               in relation to your spouse, would you say
                          11   (he/she) is more attractive than you are,
                               about the same, or less attractive than
                               you?

                               How about your intelligence? Do you think
                          12   (he/she) is more intelligent than you,
                               about the same, or less intelligent?


Marital Bonding Factors

                               How many of your close friends would you
                          6    also consider as close friends of your
                               spouse?
                                                           How often do you and your spouse attend
                                                       8
                                                           church together?




                                                           How many…[groups or clubs]...does your
                                                       9
                                                           spouse also belong to?




Separation
                    Sometimes married people
                    think they would enjoy living      3   How often do you feel this way?
                    apart from their spouse.

                                                       4   Has this ever happened in your marriage?

                                                           Has this happened with the last three
                                                       5
                    Because of problems people are         years?
                    having with their marriage, they
                                                           How many times within the last three
                    sometimes leave home either        6
                                                           years?
                    for a short time or as a trial
                    separation.                        7   Who left the last time?

                                                           How long were you separated (the last
                                                       8
                                                           time)?

Divorce Proneness
     Has the thought of getting a divorce or
1    separation crossed your mind in the last
     three years?

2    Are you thinking about it now?

     As far as you know, has the thought of
     divorce or a separation crossed your
4
     (husband's/wife's) mind in the last three
     years?

5    Is (he/she) thinking about it now?


     Have you or your spouse ever seriously
7
     suggested the idea of divorce?


8    Has this been within the last three years?

9    Recently?
     Who started the (most recent)
11
     conversation?

     During the conversation, did you generally
12   speak in favor of the idea, suggest it was
     not a good idea, or express uncertainty?


15   Did you talk about consulting an attorney?

17   What about dividing up the property?
19   Have you talked about filing?
                                                                         Have you or your spouse consulted an
                                                                 20      attorney about a divorce or separation in
                                                                         the last three years?

                                                                         Have you or your spouse filed a divorce or
                                                                 22
                                                                         separation petition in the last three years?

Notes

a. The codebook showed the wording of E523 to read "Have you or your spouse ever seriously suggested the idea of divorce?". The wording is inconsistent with the
question.

b. One respondent had a score of 2 on E455, a score not listed in the codebook. This respondent's score was recoded as missing



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                       Response                                 Respondents                 Variable name    Valid cases
                                                                                         Codebook     Data



                                                                                           E421       E421      903

                                                                                           E422       E422      903

                                                                                           E423       E423      902
           Almost always [1]; Usually [2];             Respondents who were married or
             Occasionally [3]; Never [4]                   married and living apart
                                                                                           E424       E424      902


                                                                                           E425       E425      901




      All of it [1]; Most of it [2]; About half [3];
                                                                                           E431       E431      903
           Less than half [4]; None of it [5]

                                                                                           E432       E432      898

       Fair [1]; Do more than own share [2];
                     Other [3]                         Respondents who were married or
                                                           married and living apart
 Fair [1]; Do more than own share [2];
               Other [3]                          Respondents who were married or
                                                      married and living apart           E433   E433   883




              Yes [1]; No [5]                                                            E434   E434   901


All of it [1]; Most of it [2]; About half [3];
                                                                                         E426   E426   342
     Less than half [4]; None of it [5]

                                                                                         E428   E428   338

 Fair [1]; Do more than own share [2];
               Other [3]
                                                                                         E429   E429   336
                                                  Respondents who were married or
                                                 married and living apart and had kids

              Yes [1]; No [5]                                                            E430   E430   340



Mostly the way you want it [1]; The way
your spouse wants it [2]; or The way you                                                 E427   E427   331
            both want it [3]




                                                                                         E436   E436   900

              Yes [1]; No [5]



                                                  Respondents who were married or
                                                      married and living apart
             Yes [1]; No [5]

                                                                              E437   E437   898

                                            Respondents who were married or
                                                married and living apart
     I do [1]; Spouse does [2]; Equal
                                                                              E438   E438   897
              compromise [3]



    Yes [1]; More or less [2]; No [3]                                         E439   E439   898




                                                                              E472   E472   903


                                                                              E473   E473   903


                                            Respondents who were married or   E474   E474   902
                                                married and living apart
                                                                              E475   E475   900

                                                                              E476   E476   859
Very happy [1]; Pretty happy [2]; Not too
                happy [3]
                                                                              E477   E477   898


                                                                              E478   E478   900

                                            Respondents who were married or
                                                married and living apart      E479   E479   900
                                                    Respondents who were married or
                                                        married and living apart


                                                                                            E480   E480   901

A great deal of satisfaction [1]; Quite a bit
                                                     Respondents who were married,
of satisfaction [2]; Some [3]; A little bit [4];                                            E193   E193   903
                                                   separated, or married but living apart
              No satisfaction [5]



Never [1]; Rarely [2]; Sometimes [3]; Often
                                                                                            E440   E440   903
             [4]; Very often [5]


            Number of quarrels                                                              E441   E441   896
                                                    Respondents who were married or
                                                        married and living apart


                Yes [1]; No [5]                                                             E442   E442   903




     You [1]; Your spouse [2]; Both [3]            Respondents reported "YES" to E442       E443   E443   108



                                                                                            E485   E485   902
                                                                                            E486   E486   902
                                                                                            E487   E487   903
                                                                                            E488   E488   902
                                                                                            E489   E489   902



                                                    Respondents who were married or
   No [1]; Yes [2]; Yes, self [3]; Both [4]
                                                        married and living apart
                                                                                    E490   E490   901
                                                                                    E491   E491   901
                                              Respondents who were married or
No [1]; Yes [2]; Yes, self [3]; Both [4]
                                                  married and living apart          E493   E493   898

                                                                                    E494   E494   899
                                                                                    E495   E495   902
                                                                                    E496   E496   902
                                                                                    E497   E497   903
                                                                                    E498   E498   903
                                                                                    E492   E492   897


                                              Respondents who were married or
            Yes [1]; No [5]                                                         E502   E502   901
                                                  married and living apart

         A number of years                                                          E503   E503   414

                                           Respondents who reported "YES" to E502
                                                                                    E504   E504   339

                                                                                    E505   E505   163

                                              Respondents who were married or
                                                                                    E512   E512   878
                                                  married and living apart


                                                                                    E513   E513   273
                                           Respondents who reported "YES" to E512
                                                                                    E514   E514   82




            Yes [1]; No [5]
                                                                                     E506   E506   903
             Yes [1]; No [5]
                                            Respondents who reported "YES" to E502

                                                                                     E507   E507   316


                                                                                     E508   E508   142



                                                                                     E509   E509   867

                                            Respondents who reported "YES" to E512

                                                                                     E510   E510   146

                                                                                     E511   E511   61



Very happy [1]; Pretty happy [2]; Not too
                                                                                     E500   E500   911
                happy [3]

Someone else [1]; Same person [2]; Not
                                                                                     E499   E499   867
           marry at all [3]




  Better [1]; Same [2]; Not as good [3]                                              E501   E501   895



                                               Respondents who were married or
                                                   married and living apart
                                                Respondents who were married or
Getting better [1]; Staying the same [2];           married and living apart          E534   E534   900
           Getting worse [3]



  Extremely strong [1]; Very strong [2];
Pretty strong [3]; Not too strong [4]; Not                                            E535   E535   901
             strong at all [5]




             Yes [1]; No [5]                                                          E483   E483   896



           Self [1]; Spouse [2]              Respondents who reported "YES" to E483   E484   E484   232



   More attractive [1]; Same [2]; Less
                                                                                      E536   E536   884
             attractive [3]
                                                Respondents who were married or
                                                    married and living apart

  More intelligent [1]; Same [2]; Less
                                                                                      E537   E537   896
            intelligent [3]




                                                Respondents who were married or
           Number of friends                                                          E273   E273   813
                                                    married and living apart
How often do you and your spouse attend            Respondents who were married,
                                                                                           E200   E200   900
           church together?                       separated, or married, living apart

                                                If respondents reported participating in
                                               some clubs on q. E275 (Some people are
                                               members of different organizations such
                                               as church groups, unions, or job-related
             Number of clubs                                                               E277   E277   560
                                                   groups, fraternal or civic groups, or
                                                 recreation groups like bowling or card
                                                 clubs. Do you belong to any groups or
                                                                 clubs?)



Very often [1]; Often [2]; Occasionally [3];      Respondents who were married or
                                                                                           E435   E435   898
                 Never [4]                            married and living apart

                                                  Respondents who were married or
              Yes [1]; No [5]                                                              E529   E529   900
                                                      married and living apart

              Yes [1]; No [5]                  Respondents who reported "YES" to E529      E530   E530   86


            A number of times                  Respondents who reported "YES" to E530      E531   E531   23

            Self [1]; Spouse [2]                                                           E532   E532   23
Few hours [1]; Overnight [2]; Two or more      Respondents who reported "YES" to E529
days [3]; A month or more [4]; Still hasn't                                                E533   E533   23
              come back [5]
                                          Respondents who were married or
                                                                                E515   E515   900
                                              married and living apart


                                       Respondents who reported "YES" to E515   E516   E516   121


                                          Respondents who were married or
                                                                                E517   E517   878
                                              married and living apart
          Yes [1]; No [5]

                                       Respondents who reported "YES" to E517   E518   E518   76


                                          Respondents who were married or
                                                                                E519   E519   133
                                              married and living apart


                                                                                E520   E520   56

                                                                                E521   E521   41

   Self [1]; Spouse [2]; Both [3]                                               E522   E522   38


Favor idea [1]; Not a good idea [2];
                                                                                E523   E523   38
          Uncertainty [3]


                                       Respondents who reported "YES" to E519
                                                                                E524   E524   41

                                                                                E525   E525   41
                                                                                E526   E526   41

          Yes [1]; No [5]
                                                           Respondents who reported "YES" to E519




                           Yes [1]; No [5]
                                                                                                           E527          E527            57



                                                                                                           E528          E528            58




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      Constructs           Question Header             Index                   Question


Interaction
                                                               How often do you eat your main meal
                                                        1
                                                               together?
                   Now, we are going to discuss your    2      Go shopping together?
                   CURRENT marriage relationship.
                   The following are some things        3      How often do you visit friends together?
                   couples sometimes do together.
                   For each one, indicate how often            Work together on projects around the
                                                        4
                   you and your spouse do this                 house?
                   together.                                   When you go out -- say, to play cards,
                                                        5      bowling, or a movie -- how often do you
                                                               do this together?
                                                               Make you feel (he/she) is there for you
                                                        6
                                                               when you really need (him/her)?
                                                               Let you down when you are counting on
                                                        7
                                                               (him/her)?
                                                               Make you feel (he/she) really cares about
                                                        8
                                                               you?
                                          Make you feel you can talk to (him/her)
                                     9
                                          about your worries?
                                          Expect more from you than (he/she) is
                                     10
                                          willing to give?
                                          Act as if (he/she) is the only important
                                     11
                                          person in the family?
The next questions refer to some
things husbands and wives                 Make you feel you can tell (him/her)
                                     12
sometimes do for each other. For          anything?
each one, please tell me whether     13   Insist on having (his/her) own way?
your spouse does it nearly always,
                                          Give you a sense of emotional security and
some of the time, occasionally, or   14
                                          well being?
almost never.
                                          Make you feel you could not turn to
                                     15   (him/her) for support when you have a
                                          problem?

                                          Make you feel uncertain that (he/she)
                                     16   would give you the care you need if you
                                          became ill with a prolonged illness?

                                     17   Insist that you agree with (him/her)?
                                     18   Criticize your ideas?
                                          Let you know that (he/she) appreciates
                                     19
                                          you, your ideas, or the things you do?
                                     20   Not listen to you?
                                          I feel personally responsible for my
                                     21
                                          spouse's well-being.
Next, are some statements about
your relationship with your
spouse. For each one, please tell
me whether you strongly agree
with the statement, agree,
disagree, or strongly disagree.
                    Next, are some statements about
                    your relationship with your                If my spouse were feeling badly, my first
                                                          22
                    spouse. For each one, please tell          duty would be to cheer him/her up.
                    me whether you strongly agree
                    with the statement, agree,            23   I would do almost anything for my spouse.
                    disagree, or strongly disagree.
                                                               One of my primary concerns is my
                                                          24
                                                               spouse's welfare.
Division of Labor
                                                               How much of this kind of work usually is
                                                          1
                                                               done by you?
                                                               Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                                                          2
                                                               you do more than your share?
                    In every family, there are a lot of
                    routine tasks that have to be done         What about your spouse? Does your
                    -- cleaning the house, doing the           spouse think the current arrangement is
                                                          3
                    laundry, cleaning up after meals,          fair or that (he/she) is doing more than
                    cooking dinners, etc.                      (his/her) share?

                                                               Do you and your spouse have arguments
                                                          4    or disagreements about whether one of
                                                               you is doing their share of the housework?

                                                               How much of the looking after children
                                                          5
                                                               usually is done by you?
                                                               Do you think this is fair, or do you think
                                                          6
                                                               you do more than your share?
                                                               What about your spouse? Does your
                                                               spouse think the current arrangement is
                                                          7
                                                               fair or that (he/she) is doing more than
                                                               (his/her) share?
                                                       Do you and your spouse have arguments
                                                       or disagreements about whether one of
                                                   8
                                                       you is doing their share of looking after the
                                                       children?
                                                       Is the way you divide up the child care
                                                       mostly the way you want it, the way your
                                                   9
                                                       spouse wants it, or the way you both want
                                                       it?
Power
                                                       Are there any kinds of decisions made
                                                   1   around your house where your decision is
                                                       the final word?
                                                       What about your spouse--are there any
                                                   2   kinds of decisions where (his/her) decision
                                                       is the final word?

                                                       Overall, considering all the kinds of
                                                   3   decisions you two make, does your spouse
                                                       more often have the final word or do you?

                                                       Overall, are you satisfied with the amount
                                                   4   of influence you have in family decision
                                                       making?
Relationship
Happiness
                                                       With the amount of understanding you
                                                   1
                                                       receive from your spouse?
                                                       With the amount of love and affection you
                                                   2
                                                       receive?
               There are different aspects of
               married life. For each of the
               following, indicate whether you
               are very happy, pretty happy, or
               not too happy with this aspect of
               your marriage. How happy are
                         There are different aspects of          With the extent to which you and your
                         married life. For each of the       3
                                                                 spouse agree about things?
                         following, indicate whether you
                                                             4   With your sexual relationship?
                         are very happy, pretty happy, or
                         not too happy with this aspect of       With your spouse as someone who takes
                         your marriage. How happy are        7
                                                                 care of things around the house?
                         you…
                                                                 With your spouse as someone to do things
                                                             8
                                                                 with?

                                                             9   With your spouse's faithfulness to you?


Relationship Conflicts

                                                                 How often do you disagree with your
                                                             1   spouse? Would you say never, rarely,
                                                                 sometimes, often, or very often?

                                                                 How many serious quarrels have you had
                                                             2
                                                                 with your spouse in the past two months?

                         In many households, bad feelings        Has this ever happened between you and
                                                             3
                         and arguments occur from time to        your spouse?
                         time. In many cases people get so
                         angry that they slap, hit, push,        The last time this happened, which person
                         kick, or throw things at one        5
                                                                 usually did the hitting or throwing?
                         another.

Relationship Problems

                                                             1   Gets angry easily?
                                                          2    Has feelings that are easily hurt?
                                                          3    Is jealous?
                                                          4    Is domineering?
                                                          5    Is critical?
                                                          6    Is moody?
                       There are several problem areas    7    Won't talk to the other?
                       in marriage. Have you had a
                       problem in your marriage because        Has had a sexual relationship with
                                                          8
                       one of you...                           someone else?
                                                          9    Has irritating habits?
                                                          10   Is not at home enough?
                                                          11   Spends money foolishly?
                                                          12   Drinks or uses drugs?
                                                          13   Has been in trouble with the law?
                                                          15   Has become less interested in sex?
Relationship Trouble
                                                               Have you ever thought your marriage
                                                          1
                                                               might be in trouble?
                                                               How long ago did you first feel that way?
                                                          2
                                                               (in years)
                                                               Have you thought this within the last three
                                                          3
                                                               years?

                                                          4    Do you feel this way now?




                       Many marriages go through some
                       ups and downs from time to time.
                                                             As far as you know, has your spouse ever
                                                        5
                                                             thought your marriage was in trouble?

                                                             Has your spouse thought this way in the
                                                        6
                     Many marriages go through some          last three years?
                     ups and downs from time to time.
                                                        7    Does your spouse feel this way now?
                     Even people who get along well
                     with their spouse sometimes             Have you ever talked with family
                     wonder whether their marriage is        members, friends, clergy, counselors, or
                                                        9
                     working out.                            social workers about problems in your
                                                             marriage?
                                                             Have you talked with them about your
                                                        10   marital problems within the last three
                                                             years?
                                                        15   Have you talked with them recently?
                                                             As far as you know, has your spouse talked
                                                             with relatives, friends, or a counselor
                                                        16
                                                             about problems either of you were having
                                                             with your marriage?
                                                             Has your spouse talked with any of them
                                                        17
                                                             within the last three years?
                                                        18   Has your spouse done so recently?
Self-Evaluation of
Marriage
                                                             Taking all things together, how would you
                                                        1
                                                             describe your marriage?
                       Compared to other marriages you know
                       about, do you think your marriage is
                  4
                       better than most, about the same as most,
                       or not as good as most?


                       Comparing your marriage to three years
                  5    ago, is your marriage getting better,
                       staying the same, or getting worse?


                       Would you say the feelings of love you
                       have for your spouse are extremely strong,
                  7
                       very strong, pretty strong, not too strong,
                       or not strong at all?

                       Often, one partner in a marriage gives
                       more than the other. Do you feel that one
                  9
                       of you gives more to the marriage than the
                       other?

                  10   Who gives more?

                       How many of your close friends would you
Bonding Factors   6    also consider as close friends of your
                       spouse?
                       How often do you and your spouse attend
                  8
                       church together?

                       How many…[groups or clubs]...does your
                  9
                       spouse also belong to?

Separation
                    Sometimes married people think           How often do you feel this way? Would
                    they would enjoy living apart from   3   you say very often, often, occasionally, or
                    their spouse.                            never?

                                                         4   Has this ever happened in your marriage?

                                                             Has this happened within the last three
                                                         5
                    Because of problems people are           years?
                    having with their marriage, they
                                                             How many times within the last three
                    sometimes leave home either for      6
                                                             years?
                    a short time or as a trial
                    separation.                          7   Who left the last time?

                                                             How long were you separated (the last
                                                         8
                                                             time)?

Divorce Proneness
                                                             Has the thought of getting a divorce or
                                                         1   separation crossed your mind in the last
                                                             three years?

                                                         2   Are you thinking about it now?

                                                             As far as you know, has the thought of
                                                         4   getting a divorce crossed your spouse's
                                                             mind in the last three years?

                                                         5   Is your spouse thinking about it now?


                                                             Have you or your spouse ever seriously
                                                         7
                                                             suggested the idea of divorce?
        8    Has this been within the last three years?

        9    Has this been recently?
             Who started the (most recent)
        11
             conversation?

             During the conversation, did you generally
        12   speak in favor of the idea, suggest it was
             not a good idea, or express uncertainty?


        15   Did you talk about consulting an attorney?

        17   What about dividing up property?
        19   Have you talked about filing?
             Have you or your spouse consulted an
        20   attorney about a divorce or separation in
             the last three years?

             Have you or your spouse filed a divorce or
        22
             separation petition in the last three years?

Notes



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ve 6, Adults
                  Response                        Respondents                Variable name     Valid cases
                                                                          Codebook     Data



                                                                            S421       S421       762

                                                                            S422       S422       761

                                                                            S423       S423       800
        Almost always [1]; Usually [2];
                                          Currently married respondents
          Occasionally [3]; Never [4]
                                                                            S424       S424       760


                                                                            S425       S425       762


                                                                           S536A      S536A       762


                                                                           S536B       S536B      762


                                                                           S536C       S536C      762
                                                                               S536D   S536D   760


                                                                               S536G   S536G   759


                                                                               S536I   S536I   760


                                                                               S536J   S536J   761
 Nearly always [1]; Some of the time [2];
                                               Currently married respondents   S536K   S536K   797
   Occasionally [3]; Almost never [4]

                                                                               S536M   S536M   760


                                                                               S536N   S536N   761




                                                                               S536P   S536P   752


                                                                               S536Q   S536Q   759
                                                                               S536S   S536S   797

                                                                               S536X   S536X   761

                                                                               S536Y   S536Y   760

                                                                               S537A   S537A   755



Strongly agree [1]; Agree [2]; Disagree [3];
                                               Currently married respondents
           Strongly disagree [4]
                                                                                           S537B   S537B   757
Strongly agree [1]; Agree [2]; Disagree [3];
                                                      Currently married respondents
           Strongly disagree [4]
                                                                                           S537C   S537C   756


                                                                                           S537D   S537D   761



All of it [1]; Most of it [2]; About half of it
                                                                                           S431    S431    800
   [3]; Less than half [4]; None of it [5]

                                                                                           S432    S432    795

  Fair [1]; Do more than own share [2];
                Other [3]
                                                      Currently married respondents        S433    S433    754




               Yes [1]; No [5]                                                             S434    S434    798


All of it [1]; Most of it [2]; About half of it
                                                                                           S426    S426    173
   [3]; Less than half [4]; None of it [5]

                                                                                           S428    S428    173

  Fair [1], Do more than own share [2];
                Other [3]
                                                                                           S429    S429    172
                                                  Respondents who were currently married
                                                           and having children
                                             Respondents who were currently married
                                                      and having children

              Yes [1]; No [5]                                                         S430   S430   174



Mostly the way you want it [1]; Mostly the
way your spouse wants it [2]; The way we                                              S427   S427   172
            both want it [3]




                                                                                      S436   S436   760

              Yes [1]; No [5]

                                                                                      S437   S437   761

                                                 Currently married respondents
        I do [1]; Spouse does [2];
                                                                                      S438   S438   759
          Equal/Compromise [3]



              Yes [1]; No [5]                                                         S439   S439   762




                                                                                      S472   S472   760


                                                                                      S473   S473   759




Very happy [1]; Pretty happy [2]; Not too
                                                 Currently married respondents
                happy [3]
                                                                              S474   S474   761

Very happy [1]; Pretty happy [2]; Not too                                     S475   S475   751
                                              Currently married respondents
                happy [3]
                                                                              S478   S478   757


                                                                              S479   S479   760


                                                                              S480   S480   759




Never [1]; Rarely [2]; Sometimes [3]; Often
                                                                              S440   S440   761
             [4]; Very often [5]


           Number of quarrels                                                 S441   S441   789

                                              Currently married respondents
              Yes [1]; No [5]                                                 S442   S442   761



    You [1]; Your spouse [2]; Both [3]                                        S443   S443   51




                                                                              S485   S485   793
                                                                                   S486   S486   761
                                                                                   S487   S487   796
                                                                                   S488   S488   795
                                                                                   S489   S489   761
                                                                                   S490   S490   759
                                                                                   S491   S491   760
No [1]; Yes, spouse [2]; Yes, self [3]; Both
                                                 Currently married respondents
                   [4]                                                             S493   S493   755

                                                                                   S494   S494   796
                                                                                   S495   S495   761
                                                                                   S496   S496   761
                                                                                   S497   S497   760
                                                                                   S498   S498   761
                                                                                   S492   S492   755



              Yes [1]; No [5]                    Currently married respondents     S502   S502   797


        0 [less than 1 year] to 48                                                 S503   S503   310
                                               Currently married respondents and
                                                    reported "YES" on S502
                                                                                   S504   S504   326

                                               Currently married respondents and
                                                                                   S505   S505   101
                                                    reported "YES" on S504
                                              Currently married respondents     S512   S512   743



                                            Currently married respondents and   S513   S513   197
                                                 reported "YES" on S512
                                                                                S514   S514   67


                                            Currently married respondents and
                                                                                S506   S506   761
             Yes [1]; No [5]                     reported "YES" on S502



                                            Currently married respondents and   S507   S507   234
                                                 reported "YES" on S506
                                                                                S508   S508   90


                                            Currently married respondents and
                                                                                S509   S509   745
                                                 reported "YES" on S512



                                            Currently married respondents and   S510   S510   157
                                                 reported "YES" on S509
                                                                                S511   S511   64



Very happy [1]; Pretty happy [2]; Not too
                                                                                S500   S500   798
                happy [3]
   Better [1]; Same [2]; Not as good [3]                                                 S501   S501   758




 Getting better [1]; Staying the same [2];
Getting worse [3]; Not married three years                                               S534   S534   759
          ago/Inappropriate [4]                    Currently married respondents


Extremely strong [1]; Very strong [2]; Petty
 strong [3]; Not too strong [4]; Not strong                                              S535   S535   762
                  at all [5]




              Yes [1]; No [5]                                                            S483   S483   760


                                                 Currently married respondents and
            Self [1]; Spouse [2]                                                         S484   S484   182
                                                      reported "YES" on S483


          The number of friends                                                          S273   S273   637
                                                   Currently married respondents
 Weekly [1]; Once a month [2]; Less than
                                                                                         S200   S200   762
         monthly [3]; Never [4]
                                                 Currently married respondents and
           The number of clubs                 reported participating in some clubs on   S277   S277   449
                                                                S276
Very often [1]; Often [2]; Occasionally [3];
                                                                                   S435   S435   796
                 Never [4]
                                                 Currently married respondents

                                                                                   S529   S529   762
              Yes [1]; No [5]
                                               Currently married respondents and
                                                                                   S530   S530   57
                                                    reported "YES" on S529

                1, 2, 3, 10                                                        S531   S531   15

            Self [1]; Spouse [2]               Currently married respondents and   S532   S532   15
                                                    reported "YES" on S530
Few hours [1]; Overnight [2]; Two or more
days [3]; A month or more [4]; Still hasn't                                        S533   S533   15
              come back [5]




                                                 Currently married respondents     S515   S515   760


                                               Currently married respondents and
                                                                                   S516   S516   63
                                                    reported "YES" on S515


                                                 Currently married respondents     S517   S517   747

              Yes [1]; No [5]
                                               Currently married respondents and
                                                                                   S518   S518   44
                                                    reported "YES" on S517

                                               Currently married respondents and
                                                                                   S519   S519   72
                                                reported "YES" on S515 or S517
                                                              Currently married respondents and
                                                                                                  S520   S520   32
                                                                   reported "YES" on S519
                                                                                                  S521   S521   30

                          Self [1]; Spouse [2]; Both [3]                                          S522   S522   28


                       Favor idea [1]; Not a good idea [2];
                                                                                                  S523   S523   30
                                 Uncertainty [3]



                                                              Currently married respondents and   S524   S524   30
                                                                   reported "YES" on S520
                                                                                                  S525   S525   30
                                                                                                  S526   S526   30

                                 Yes [1]; No [5]
                                                                                                  S527   S527   32



                                                                                                  S528   S528   32




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