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Detroit Area Study, 1981: A Study of the Family

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Allen, Walter
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
child rearing; cities; domestic responsibilities; economic behavior; employment; family life; family relationships; fathers; gender roles; housework; males; men; parent child relationship; political affiliation; political attitudes; religious affiliation; self concept; social interaction; social issues; social values
  • Abstract

    This Detroit Area Study was primarily devoted to investigating the family from the perspective of males. The survey asked men about their relationships with family members and friends and included questions on contact, intimacy, activities done together, help given and received, serious disagreements, and expectations placed on relatives. In addition, men were queried about their own self-image and their views on gender roles, the value of marriage, and the inappropriateness of certain behaviors for wives and steady girlfriends. Married men were questioned about the distribution of power and the division of labor between themselves and their spouses, e.g., who had more say in decisions about the purchase of major household items, and who did most of the housework. The survey explored satisfaction with fatherhood and the degree of and kind of involvement of fathers with their children, including their child-rearing practices and values. As in previous Detroit Area Studies, the survey gauged attitudes toward abortion, defense spending, the Equal Rights Amendment, school prayer, and unions. Additional information gathered by the survey includes duration of residence in the tri-county area and at the current address, moves planned for the future, home and motor vehicle ownership, political party identification, vote in the 1980 presidential election, social class identification, satisfaction with jobs, use of public transportation, religion and religiosity, employment status, occupation and industry, and information on age, sex, place of birth, marital status, education, income, race, ethnicity, and household composition. More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1981
  • 1981-04 / 1981-08
    Collection date: 1981-04--1981-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Males aged 18 and over residing in households located in the Michigan counties of Oakland, Macomb, or Wayne.
An adult male aged 18 or over was randomly selected from each sampled household. Households were selected using multistage area probability sampling.
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
  • 9303 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09303.v1
  • Ross, Louie Edward. Male family relationships: Race, socioeconomic status, and lifestage differences. Dissertation, North Carolina State University. 1988.
  • Allen, Walter R., Stern, Jonathan J., Bogen, Evelyn K.. Worlds Apart, Worlds Together: Male Occupational Lives, Family Roles and Family Relationships. Association Paper.International Sociological Association (ISA). 1986.
  • London, Kathy Ann. Geographic mobility in the Detroit metropolitan area. Dissertation, University of Michigan. 1983.

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

Allen, Walter (1990): Detroit Area Study, 1981: A Study of the Family. Archival Version. Detroit Area Studies Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.