Work and Family Life Study

The Work and Family Life Study (WFLS) is a follow up to Marital Instability Over the Life Course (MIOLC).  The MIOLC examined the causes of marital instability throughout the life course, and contains 6 waves of data collected between 1980 and 2000, which were gathered from married respondents who were between the ages of 18 and 55. The Work and Family Life Study provides data for use in assessing: changes in marital quality between 1980 and 2000; the effects of family-of-origin characteristics and marital history on the physical and psychological health of respondents; and evaluating sample attrition, factors which lead to attrition, and attrition bias. The WFLS collected new cross-sectional information on married people 55 years of age and younger. The Work and Family Life Study’s Public Use Cross Section is the latest addition to the data collections. This new Public Use Cross Section studies the effects of wives’ participation in the labor force on marriage and marital instability. Also provided in this collection are the Public Use All Waves, containing information from Waves I through VI, which were collected in 1980, 1983, 1987, 1992-1994, 1997, and 2000. 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.

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