Social Indicators Research

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 367–380 | Cite as

Age, gender and daily life: An analysis of social involvements

  • Karen Altergott
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Abstract

Variety of role involvements based on the allocation of time is an alternative indicator of multiple roles. The measure of variety developed by Altergott (1982) is analyzed for a sample of U.S. adults, aged 18–88. The multivariate analysis of the structural and personal factors that account for the level of variety is presented. Age is negatively associated with variety. Women have lower levels of variety than men. While the amount of variety in men's daily life is influenced by family, health and preference, the amount of variety in women's daily life is affected by work and education. Opportunity structures and individual propensities affect levels of variety. The conclusions support the development of the behavioral measurement of multiple roles. Variety of role involvement in daily life provides a sensitive indicator that varies with age, gender and personal resources.

Keywords

Multivariate Analysis Personal Factor Behavioral Measurement Sensitive Indicator Multiple Role 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Altergott
    • 1
  1. 1.Purdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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