Spencer L. James. 2015. “Variation in Trajectories of Women’s Marital Quality.”Social Science Research 49:16-30
Spencer L. James. In Press. “Variation in Marital Quality in a National Sample ofDivorced Women.” Journal of Family Psychology.
Spencer L. James and Brett A. Beattie. 2012. “Reassessing the Link between Women’sPremarital Cohabitation and Marital Quality.” Social Forces 91(2): 635–662.
Kevin Shafer and Spencer L. James. 2013. “Gender and SES Differences in First andSecond Marriage Formation.” Journal of Marriage and Family 75(3): 544-564.
Spencer L. James. 2014. “Longitudinal Patterns of Marital Quality: The Case ofDivorce, Cohabitation, and Race-Ethnicity.” Marriage and Family Review50(8): 738-763.
What I learned from NLS data
My research, based on NLSY79 data, has shown that there is great variability in longitudinal trajectories of relationship quality.
Why I chose NLS data
The NLSY79 dataset was the only dataset I could find that met all of my research requirements.
1. It is nationally representative (not just a national sample, which is very different)
2. It contains information on multiple dimensions of relationship quality
3. It follows romantic relationships for well over a decades.
4. I can tie parental relationships to prospective child outcomes.
Ohio State University Center for Human Resource Research
This site was created at the Center for Human Resource Research (CHRR) at The Ohio State University to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Longitudinal Surveys (NLS). The NLS is a program of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. CHRR has conducted the NLS since the program began in 1965, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau (from 1965 to 2003) and NORC at the University of Chicago (from 1978 to the present).