PAIR Project Sitemap
- Biographical Sketch: An introduction to the PAIR Project, with information about its sample and design
- Team Memories: A collection of anecdotes from PAIR Project staff members
- Current Staff: The people who keep the PAIR Project running on a day-to-day basis
- Key Collaborators: Undergraduate and masters' students who have left their mark on the program. Includes a full listing of all collaborators, plus individual profiles for the following:
Rosemary Blieszner, Rodney Cate,
John Caughlin, Szu-Chia Chang,
Amy Chorost, Gilbert Geis, Michael P. Johnson,
Helen Kjolby, Stephen Marks, Robert Milardo,
Beth Parkinson, Maureen Perry-Jenkins, and Anita Vangelisti.
- Student Contributors: Undergraduate and masters' students who have left their mark on the program. Includes a full listing of all students.
- Photo Gallery: A picture gallery of our friends, families, and co-workers from years past and present. In several sections:
- Methods: A sketch of the overall conceptualization of PAIR Project data collection, and some of the steps we take to ensure high-quality data.
Studying Interdependence in Marriage: Briefly outlines conceptual and methodological issues we consider when assessing interdependence in marriage.
- Temporal Issues:
Lays forth several issues for researchers to consider as they attempt to conceptualize causal relationships.
- Maintaining a Longitudinal Sample:
Discusses how to gain and maintain respondents' commitment to the project, and how to track people down after several years have passed.
- Quantitative Data
- PAIR Project Integrated Codebook (PDF files):
The Integrated Codebook provides the names, labels, value labels, and other information about the PAIR Project's primary calculated variables. Most raw data (e.g., individual items within a scale) are not included in this book. Chapters: Personal Attributes,
Marital Context & Consequences,
Marriage as a Behavioral System, and
- Guide to PAIR Constructs (PDF files):
The Guide to the Constructs provides more detailed information about the primary variables listed in the Integrated Codebook.
- Guide to Scale Construction:
Describes our documentation of scales used in publications, and provides example documentation.
- Data Organization and Management:
An overview of how we organize our data to ensure maximum efficiency, including our management of data collection, data documentation, using relational databases, and keeping a data inventory.
- Preparation for Analysis:
Describes the steps that PAIR researchers follow to protect the integrity of master copies of data, create a personalized subset of the data, and document changes to the data.
- Qualitative Data:
- Case Studies: Our case studies, primarily written by graduate students, integrate an individual couple's quantitative data with qualitative interview material to create a nuanced portrait of the couple's life together.
- Courtship Narratives: When PAIR couples were newlyweds, we asked them to tell the story of their courtship. This document explains the structured intervew technique we used, and provides excerpts of narratives gathered from couples who divorced before their second wedding anniversary.
- Life Events Timeline:
At Phases One, Two, and Three, spouses indicated any major life events that they or their partner had experienced, when the event occurred, and provided any comments they may have had on the situation.
- Domain Satisfaction:
After rating their satisfaction with nine different areas of their marriage, spouses explained the reasons behind their rating.
- Interviewer Observations:
After each face-to-face interview, each researcher recorded their thoughts and feelings about the couple they had just interviewed.
- Processes of Divorce:
Thirteen years after our couples were married, we conducted a structured interview with those individuals who had divorced, gathering their impressions about the pathway that led them to divorce.
- Miscellaneous Qualitative Information:
In addition to the data gathered systematically from all respondents, some individuals chose to provide additional personal information.
- Abstracts: Browse the PAIR Project Abstracts to find summaries of each grant and paper produced by the Project.
The Findings are organized by topic; within each topical area, we present the main PAIR Project results for that area. Each finding is cross-linked to the abstract of its parent paper.