Voluntary association membership trends and the family life cycle

David Knoke, Randall Thomson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

69 Scopus citations


Using a role perspective, expectations are derived about changes in voluntary association membership levels across the family life cycle. The expected curvilinear relationship was found in national survey data from 1967 to 1974. The relationship remained even with race, sex, and education levels held constant in a log-linear analysis of multiway contingency tables. The curvilinear pattern differed somewhat between the two samples, but the general pattern held regardless of the type of organization. Slight increases in membership rates were found over time, suggesting a continuance of trends noted in samples from previous years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-65
Number of pages18
JournalSocial Forces
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1977

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Political Research and the Roper Public Opinion Research Center and were originally collected by the National Opinion Research Center, with support of the National Science Foundation for the 1974 General Social Survey. For their suggestions, and especially their encouragement, we are grateful to James R. Wood, Marilyn Lester, James A. Davis and Bruce Stephenson. None of them bears any onus for errors committed by the authors in analyzing and interpreting the data.


Dive into the research topics of 'Voluntary association membership trends and the family life cycle'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this