California Opinion on
Women's Issues

Elizabeth N. and Edward E. Nelson
Department of Sociology
California State University, Fresno

Codebook and Data

© The Authors; Last Modified 14 August 1998

  Suggested Citation:

Nelson, Elizabeth N. and Edward E. Nelson, 1997. California Opinions on Women's Issues: 1985-1995. Unpublished Manuscript.


Table of Contents


Chapter 1 -- An Historical Overview of Women in American Society

Chapter 2 -- Public Opinion on Women's Issues

Chapter 3 -- Survey Research Design and Quantitative Methods of Analysis for Cross-sectional Data

Chapter 4 -- Introducing a Control Variable (Multivariate Analysis)

Chapter 5 -- Exercises Using Data from 1995 Field Poll on Women's Issues

Chapter 6 -- Research Design and Methods of Analysis for Change Over Time

Chapter 7 -- Exercises for Change Over Time

Appendix A -- Codebook

Appendix B -- Notes to the Instructor

Appendix C -- Supplemental Instructional Materials

Appendix D -- Computation of Measures of Association


This is a revision of one of the Social Science Instructional Modules developed in 1988 under the auspices of the California State University Social Science Research and Instructional Council with a grant from the Academic Computing Enhancement Institute of the California State University Chancellor's Office. The purpose of the modules was to integrate social science concepts and content with quantitative data analysis skills. Each module explored a contemporary issue with California data. They were designed to be used by students with little or no background in quantitative data analysis. Since they assumed little prior knowledge or computer skill, we hoped professors would find them easy to integrate into courses and that both students and professors would find them to be valuable additions to undergraduate social science education.

California Opinions on Women's Issues: 1985-1995 revises and updates both The Status and Roles of American Women and California Opinions on Women's Issues: 1985-1991 using the 1995, 1991, and 1985 Field Polls on women's issues. The first few chapters are quite similar to the original module; new chapters consider the analysis of opinion change over time.

We wish to thank the California State University, Fresno Research Minigrant Program for research assistance, the Field Institute for the use of the Field Poll data, and our colleagues on the Social Science Research and Instructional Council for their support and assistance. We especially thank Susan Garfin, John Korey, and Richard Shaffer for reading and making comments on earlier drafts.