Detroit Area Study, 1993: Health and Aging

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Rodgers, Willard
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
age discrimination; aging; alcohol consumption; attitudes toward aging; cities; citizen participation; emotional states; family relationships; government performance; health status; income; leisure; life satisfaction; living conditions; medical care; mental health; neighborhood conditions; older adults; personal finances; physical health; political affiliation; political attitudes; political participation; self evaluation; smoking; social networks; voting behavior
  • Abstract

    The 1993 Detroit Area Study explored a variety of issues related to health, the effects of aging, living conditions, and participation in civic life in the Michigan tri-county area of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. A battery of questions probed respondents' perceptions of their health and mental state and those of their spouse, their ability to perform certain physical and mental activities, and the effect of their emotional state on their appetite and sleeping patterns. Other explored their feelings about neighborhood safety, means of transportation, relationships, accommodation, the portrayal of older people on television programs, and the treatment of older people by employers. The survey also sought respondents' opinions about government, their personal financial situation and problems, money management, savings and investments, and their life as a whole. Additional items questioned respondents about the frequency of their visits to the doctor, overnight hospitalization, chronic health conditions, smoking and drinking habits, and medical coverage, as well as electoral participation, political party preference, ideological leanings, class self-identification, assistance received from community organizations, family, and friends, personal regrets, and time spent watching television and engaging in pleasurable activities. Other questions gauged respondents' memory, vision, and motor skills. Respondents also provided demographic information on sex, age, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, and education. More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1993
  • Collection date: 1993
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Residents aged 37 and older in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb.
A statistically random sample was drawn.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 2839 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15