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PAIR Project Integrated Codebook

About the Integrated Codebook
Codebook Chapters
Personal Attributes (PDF file)
Courtship (PDF file)
Marital Context & Consequences (PDF file)
Marriage as a Behavioral System (PDF file)
Marital Evaluation (PDF file)

About the Integrated Codebook

The Integrated Codebook is a couple-level extended codebook that includes all the most important aggregate variables of the study, providing in-depth information about the placement of variables and codes used in a particular datafile. The codebook is divided into 5 chapters; each chapter is available as a separate PDF file.

The following pieces of information are provided for each variable in the codebook:

  • Description: provides the variable label along with any relevant detail.
  • Variable name: Variable name assigned to each question in the data file. The PAIR Project maintains general guidelines that ensure consistency across phases in the naming of variables and the meaning of codes. The first letter of the dyadic level data refers to the participant answering the question (H = Husband; W = Wife). Up to six additional characters define unique variables. These characters usually provide some abbreviated description of the question. For example, when asking about leisure preferences, the extent to which a person likes to attend parties is coded with the characters PARTY. The last character designates the phase of data collection:
    • 1 - Newlywed (1981)
    • 2 - Married 1+ Years (1982)
    • 3 - Married 2+ Years (1983)
    • 4 - Married 13+ Years (1994)
    If a measure is used during more than one data collection phase, the variable name is identical at each phase, substituting only the phase digit. This keeps variable names consistent from phase to phase.
  • Value: Acceptable coded values for each question
  • Value Label: Verbal description of the values
  • Type of variable: Indication of the variable type (e.g., interval, discrete)
  • Explanation: Source of the question if appropriate; notes on calculation, etc.

Fuller descriptions of most variables can be found in the Guide to the Constructs.

Contents of the Chapters

To access a PDF file of each chapter, click on its link below.

Personal Attributes (PDF file)
Social Background and Family History
Physical Characteristics
Self-Rated Desirability as a Mate
Cattell Personality Test
Personal Attributes Questionnaire
Perception of Own Personality
Perception of Own Social Motivations
Gender-Role Attitudes
Household Task Preferences
Household Task Skills
Sex-Typing of Leisure
Leisure Likes and Dislikes
Social Attitudes
Ease of Match
Courtship (PDF file)
Living Situation during Courtship
Structual Features of Courtship
Timing of Courtship Events
Subjective Evaluation of Courtship
Marital Context and Consequences (PDF file)
Economic Situation
Work and Other Outside Commitments
Economic Stress
Parenthood and Children
Psychological Well-Being and Stress
Behavioral Problems
Physical and Social Context
Marriage as a Behavioral System (PDF file)
Overall Marital Role Patterns
Performance of Sex-Typed Household Tasks
Performance of Types of Household Tasks
Marital Companionship
General Patterns of Leisure
Type of Leisure
Social Context of Leisure
Conversations Involving Social Network
Socioemotional Behaviors
Communication Patterns
Eating and Sleeping
Marital Evaluation (PDF file)
Marital History
Marital Satisfaction
Beliefs about Similarity and Compatibility
Love and Ambivalence
Dissatisfaction with Interaction
Preferences of Closeness/Independence
Perceptions of Partners' Traits
Perceptions of Partners' Social Goals

The PAIR Project at the University of Texas at Austin
Principal Investigator, Ted L. Huston
Page last modified: 16 January 2002