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ISSP1994: Family and Changing Gender Roles II

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The fourth of 20 years of International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) surveys within New Zealand by Professor Philip Gendall, Department of Marketing, Massey University.

A verbose rundown on topics covered follows.

The significance of family and changing sex roles. Attitude to employment of women (scale); attitude to role distribution of man and woman; importance of personal employment; preferred extent of employment of women during various stages of child raising; preferred measures to care for babies of working couples; attitude to partnership, marriage and divorce; attitude to single fathers and mothers; ideal number of children; attitude to children (scale); preference for divorce or continuation of a disturbed marriage.

Employment of mother during childhood of respondent; today’s contact with mother; personal divorces; earlier divorce of present partner; marital status of respondent; attitude to paid maternity leave; judgement on financial support when both partners work; attitude to abortion; attitude to pre-marital sexual relations and sexual relations of young people under 16 years; attitude to extra-marital sexual relations and homosexual relations.

Personal effect of sexual harassment at work; partner or respondent as manager of household income; division of housework between man and woman (scale); employment of both spouses and income differences; extent of employment during various stages of child raising; living together with a partner; employment in civil service; time worked each week; superior function; religiousness; self-classification of social class; union membership; party preference.


Department of Marketing, Massey University



The sample was selected using the New Zealand Electoral Rolls, with systematic random sampling within the 99 electorates in New Zealand at the time.

Data Collector

Department of Marketing, Massey University.

Mode of Collection

Mail survey: 1,672 people were sampled for an initial mailout, which was followed by a reminder to non-respondents after 3 weeks, and a second one another 3 weeks after that.

Series Information

The ISSP is a continuing annual programme of cross-national collaboration on surveys covering topics important for social science research. It brings together pre-existing social science projects and coordinates research goals, thereby adding a cross-national, cross-cultural perspective to the individual national studies. The ISSP researchers especially concentrate on developing questions that are meaningful and relevant to all countries, and can be expressed in an equivalent manner in all relevant languages.

Publisher (e.g. University of Auckland)

Massey University

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Temporal coverage [yyyy/mm/dd - yyyy/mm/dd]

1994-09-01 - 1994-11-30

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