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ZA0252: Commitment and Marriage

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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation Burgess, Ernest W. (1958): Commitment and Marriage. GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA0252 Data file Version 1.0.0,
Study No.ZA0252
TitleCommitment and Marriage
Current Version1.0.0, 2010-4-13, (Publication Year 1958)
Date of Collection1957 - 1958
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Burgess, Ernest W. - University of Chicago, Ill.


AbstractDeterminants of the success or failure of a marriage. Topics: The data set contains surveys on various stages of a relationship. Originally 1000 couples were interviewed at about the time of first meeting or engagement, who then were surveyed several times over a time interval until lasting marriage or divorce. Among other questions the following were posed: attitudes and information on sexual conduct from the perspective of both spouses; attitude of the man and the woman to marriage; difficulties in the marriage; personality characteristics of the spouses; feeling of happiness; agreement of spouses; general satisfaction; attitude to children; attitude to work; age differences of the spouses; circle of friends; hobbies; length of acquaintance and engagement; reason for marriage; extra-marital sexual intercourse; judgement on the financial expenditure practices of spouse; attitude to divorce; religiousness. Demography: age (classified); marital status; number of children; ages of children (classified); religious denomination; income; household income; self-assessment of social class; city size; regional origins; possession of durable economic goods.
Categories Categories
  • Family
Topics Topics
  • 13.3 Family life and marriage


Geographic Coverage
  • United States (US)
UniverseMarried couples
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
Sample No exact information about the sampling procedure is available.
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
Written survey
Data CollectorE. W. Burgess, University of Chicago, Ill.
Date of Collection
  • 1957 - 1958

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.0.0 (current version)2010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
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Further Remarks

Number of Units: 873
Number of Variables: 10
Data Type: Mehrfachlochung
Analysis System(s): -


  • Burgess, Ernest W.; Lock, Harvey J.: The Family: From Institution to Compagnionship. New York: American Books, 2. Edition 1953
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