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AFDA Data Set No. 31

1975 National Family Violence Survey
Murray A. Straus and Richard J. Gelles

The 1975 National Family Violence Survey explores conflict/resolution and violence in the family. The Survey was conducted by Family Research Laboratory at University of New Hampshire, and interviews were conducted among households in which at least one couple resided using a national probability sampling technique. The Survey was designed to show that physical violence between family members is more frequent than believed. There are a total of 2,143 cases and 807 variables included in the study. Topics in the study include: demographics, (household characteristics and composition, race, income, religion, education, etc.); marital/divorce history; marital behavior (conflict/violence and resolution); employment (history, status); and satisfaction/attitudes about various aspects of life. A similar study (AFDA Data Set No. 32) was conducted in 1985 to track changes in the occurrence of family violence between 1975 and 1985.

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