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Detroit Area Study 1978: A Study of the Family

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Goldberg, David
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • University of Michigan
Free Keywords
birth control; cities; decision making; economic behavior; families; family life; family work relationship; fertility; gender roles; job history; occupations; parental attitudes; reproductive history; social attitudes; social issues; working mothers; working women
  • 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. In the 1978 survey, 650 Detroit-area women were personally interviewed about their families. Items included questions on sex-role attitudes, ideal family size, and patterns of decision-making. Extensive occupational and fertility histories were also collected.
  • 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: Created variable labels and/or value labels.; Standardized missing values.; Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1978
  • Collection date: 1978
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Women living in the Detroit area in 1978.
Multistage probability sample.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

    Although this study also included a sample of interviews conducted in Macomb and Oakland Counties, this data is not included in this collection.

    More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on the Detroit Area Studies Project Web site.

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2010-10-25 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files and ready-to-go files were released with variable labels and value labels. Online analysis capabilities with question text were also added. Funding insitution(s): University of Michigan .
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8190 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08190.v1
  • Liao, Tim Futing. Immanence and transcendence: the relationship between patterns of family decision making and fertility among Catholics and Protestants. Sociological Analysis.53, (1), 49-62.1992.
    • ID: (URL)
  • London, Kathy Ann. Geographic mobility in the Detroit metropolitan area. Dissertation, University of Michigan. 1983.
  • Model, Suzanne. Housework by husbands: Determinants and implications. Two Paychecks: Life in Dual-Earner Families.Beverly Hills, CA: Sage. 1982.
  • Model, Suzanne. Housework by Husbands: Determinants and Implications. Journal of Family Issues.2, (2), 225-237.1981.
    • ID: 10.1177/0192513X8100200207 (DOI)
  • Smith, Herbert, Vargas, Sergio, Beck, Allen, Goldberg, David. The 93-cent husband: Income returns among Mexican-Americans in Detroit. American Statistical Association. Social Statistics Section. Proceedings.1981.
  • De Vos, Susan. Women's-role orientations and expected fertility: Evidence from the Detroit Area, 1978. Social Biology.27, (2), 130-137.1980.
  • Devos, Susan. Women's role orientations and expected fertility - Evidence from the Detroit area, 1978. Social Biology.27, (2), 130-137.1980.
  • Goldberg, David, Moots, Baron, Jain, Aida, Smith, Herbert, Beck, Allen, London, Kathy, Grassmick, Nancy. Fertility Values and Behavior: Mexican Populations. Report to the Senate Select Commission of Immigration and Refugee Policy. . 1980.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 8 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Goldberg, David (1985): Detroit Area Study 1978: A Study of the Family. Archival Version. Detroit Area Studies Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.