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ISSP2002: Family and Changing Gender Roles III

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posted on 2017-03-12, 21:10 authored by Philip Gendall

The twelfth 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.

Family and gender roles. Attitudes towards employment of mothers and married women; role distribution of man and woman in occupation and household; preferred extent of employment for women during different stages of child raising; attitudes towards marriage, single-parenting, cohabitation before marriage, and divorce; views on the significance of children in life; views on paid maternity leave and on financial aid for working parents; management of income in marriage or partnership; allocation of duties in the household and in family matters; time budget for housekeeping and sharing of housekeeping for both partners; frequency of disagreement about the sharing of housekeeping; decision making in matters of child raising, weekend activities and buying major things for home; principal earner (partner with higher income); stress caused by family, work and household duties (scale); estimation of general personal happiness; satisfaction with employment situation and family life; employment of mother during childhood of respondent; employment in various phases of child raising.

Demography: Sex; age, marital status; living together with a partner; years of school education and highest degree; type and time extent of occupation activity; occupation (ISCO-88-Code); working in private or public sector; occupational self-employment and number of employees; supervising function at work; size of household; composition of household; current employment status of spouse; partner employed in public service; working hours per week of partner; union membership; family income; party affiliation and election behaviour; self-classification on a left-right continuum; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; self-placement of social status; self-classification on a top-bottom-scale.

Also encoded were: region; rural or urban area; size of community; ethnic identification; mode of data collection.


Department of Marketing, Massey University.



The sample was randomly selected from the 1999 New Zealand Electoral Rolls. The achieved sample is generally representative of the New Zealand population 18 years and over, but people under 30 are underrepresented in the sample, while those over 30 are overrepresented.

Data Collector

Department of Marketing, Massey University.

Mode of Collection

Mail survey: the questionnaire together with a covering letter was sent to the 2,075 selected participants on 8 August 2002. A reminder postcard was sent to all participants on 22 August. A second reminder and a second copy of the questionnaire were mailed to participants had not been returned after a further two weeks. A final reminder letter was sent to all remaining non-respondents on 19 September. The survey was closed on 30 October, 12 weeks after the initial mailing.

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. 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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