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Detroit Area Study, 1977: Attitude-Behavior Consistency and Attribution of Responsibility

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Schuman, H.
  • Manis, M.
  • Hamilton, V.L.
  • Sanders, J.
  • Groves, R.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
attitudes; cities; family life; mass media; media influence; responsibility; social attitudes; social attitudes and behavior; social issues; television viewing; television violence
  • Abstract

    The Detroit Area Study is an ongoing series of surveys conducted by the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. These surveys serve two purposes: to provide useful survey information about various population characteristics and social issues selected as topics by principal investigators, and to provide actual survey research experience for graduate students. This study explores two topics related to social psychology. Attitude-behavior consistency was measured by asking respondents about their television viewing and their attitudes toward television violence. Follow-up interviews were conducted by telephone to ascertain respondents' actual television viewing. In addition, some respondents were asked to sign a petition regarding violence on television. The study of attribution was conducted by reading respondents a series of vignettes and then asking several questions regarding the characters' responsibility for their actions. More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1977
  • Collection date: 1977
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 8189 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08189.v1
  • Hamilton, V. Lee, Sanders, Joseph. Everyday Justice: Responsibility and the Individual in Japan and the United States. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. 1992.
  • Hamilton, V. Lee, Sanders, J., Hosoi, Y., Ishimura, Z., Mataubara, N., Nishimura, H., Tomita, N., Tokoro, K.. Punishment and the individual in the United States and Japan. Law and Society Review.22, (2), 301-328.1988.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Sanders, J., Hamilton, V.L.. Attribution of responsibility and punishment in Japan and the U.S.: How big is the cultural gap?. American Sociological Association Meetings.Chicago, IL. 1987.
  • Sanders, J., Hamilton, V.L.. Is there a common law of responsibility? The effect of demographic variables on judgments of wrongdoing. Law and Human Behavior.11, (4), 277-297.1987.
    • ID: 10.1007/BF01044742 (DOI)
  • Sanders, J., Hamilton, V.L.. Punishment in the U.S. and Japan. Law and Society Annual Meeting.San Diego, CA. 1985.
  • Hamilton, V.L.. Responsibility and punishment in Japan and the U.S.. Third International Conference on Justice and Law.Nags Head, NC. 1984.
  • Hamilton, V. Lee, Sanders, Joseph. Universals in Judging Wrongdoing: Japanese and Americans Compared. American Sociological Review.48, (2), 199-211.1983.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Hamilton, V. Lee, Sanders, Joseph. The effect of roles and deeds on responsibility judgments: The normative structure of wrongdoing. Social Psychology Quarterly.44, (3), 237-254.1981.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Hamilton, V.L.. Toward a universal model of judging wrongdoing: Japanese and American data. Colloquium, University of Pennsylvania Psychology Department.. 1981.
  • Sanders, J., Regulus, T., Hamilton, V.L.. Class and consequences: Two experiments on the effects of social status on responsibility judgments. Law and Society Annual Meeting.Madison, WI. 1980.
  • Crane, Marie, Manis, Melvin, Martin, Steven S., Robbins, Cynthia, Schuman, Howard. Attitudes vs. behavior versus behavior. American Sociological Association Meetings.Boston, MA. 1979.
  • Crane, Marie, Martin, Steven S.. Attitudes: The Keystone or Millstone of Social Psychology? Intensity, Centrality, and Behavioral Intention as Modifications of the Attitude-Behavior Relationship. Sociological Focus.11, (3), 185-198.1978.

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

Schuman, H.; Manis, M.; Hamilton, V.L.; Sanders, J.; Groves, R. (1984): Detroit Area Study, 1977: Attitude-Behavior Consistency and Attribution of Responsibility. Archival Version. Detroit Area Studies Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.