Public version 3.04. - Stanford California : Stanford Libraries, 2018.
Dataset — 1 online resource Digital: data file.
"How Couples Meet and Stay Together (HCMST) is a study of how Americans meet their spouses and romantic partners. The study is a nationally representative study of American adults. 4,002 adults responded to the survey, 3,009 of those had a spouse or main romantic partner. The study oversamples self-identified gay, lesbian, and bisexual adults. Follow-up surveys were implemented one and two years after the main survey, to study couple dissolution rates. Version 3.0 of the dataset includes two follow-up surveys, waves 2 and 3. Waves 4 and 5 are provided as separate data files that can be linked back to the main file via variable caseid_new. The study will provide answers to the following research questions: 1. Do traditional couples and nontraditional couples meet in the same way? What kinds of couples are more likely to have met online? 2. Have the most recent marriage cohorts (especially the traditional heterosexual same-race married couples) met in the same way their parents and grandparents did? 3. Does meeting online lead to greater or less couple stability? 4.How do the couple dissolution rates of nontraditional couples compare to the couple dissolution rates of more traditional same-race heterosexual couples? 5. How does the availability of civil union, domestic partnership or same-sex marriage rights affect couple stability for same-sex couples? This study will provide the first nationally representative data on the couple dissolution rates of same-sex couples"
"Text answers and geographic variables below region level are withheld from the public data, but will eventually be available in edited form as restricted data. The public data include codes of the open-text answers for how couples meet. How-met stories were coded by Sonia Hausen and Michael Rosenfeld, according to the rubric developed from the original How Couples Meet and Stay Together survey. Unlike the original HCMST survey, HCMST 2017 asked a full battery of questions to subjects with current partners (N=2862) and also to subjects with no current partner, but who had a past partner (N=541). See the variable "partnership_status." Because there were two branches to HCMST 2017 (for people with current partners and for people with past partners), variables that were consistent across branches were combined into new variables created by the Stanford research team. The new variables are found at the end of the dataset. Surveys were performed by online survey company GfK. The data are nationally representative, as GfK recruits subjects into the panel by phone and by Address Based Sampling, and subjects without Internet access at home are given Internet access. Self-identified Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual respondents were oversampled"