Portraits of American Life Study
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The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.

New Partner/Spouse Data Now Available

Newly released partner/spouse data from the 2006 PALS interviews is now publicly available. Topics include social activities, close relationships, employment, volunteering, political views, health, and religious beliefs and practices.

These data were collected from a self-administered mail-in questionnaire left for each partner or spouse of the PALS respondents at the conclusion of the face-to-face interviews. About 45% of all PALS spouses and partners (621 of 1,389) completed the instrument and received a $15 incentive check in the mail.

Data from the partner/spouse survey is appended to the PALS Wave 1 data set, along with the main respondent self-administered questionnaire (SAQ) that was released in October 2011.

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