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Intergenerational Study of Parents and Children, 1962-1993: [Detroit]

Resource Type
Dataset : event/transaction data, survey data
  • Thornton, Arland
  • Freedman, Deborah
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Intergenerational Study of Parents and Children, 1962-1985: [Detroit] Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
career expectations; children; demographic characteristics; divorce; economic behavior; education; employment; families; family life; life events; life plans; marriage; mothers; parent child relationship; parental attitudes; parenting skills; parents; reproductive history; social attitudes; social behavior; social indicators; values; young adults
  • Abstract

    This data collection provides information on family formation and dissolution among young adults. Families who had given birth to their first, second, or fourth child in 1961 comprised the group of Detroit-area Caucasian couples who were interviewed and surveyed over the period 1962-1993. The resulting longitudinal study encompasses seven waves of data collected from mothers across the entire span of their offspring's childhood. Included are demographic, social, and economic information about the parental family, information about the attitudes, values, and behavior of both the mother and the father, and information about the mother's desires and expectations for her child's education, career attainments, and marriage. The collection also offers three waves of interview data collected from the children at ages 18 through 23. These data describe the young adults' attitudes and values, their expectations for school, work, marriage, and childbearing, and their perceptions of their parents' willingness to be of assistance to them. Life history calendar files for 1985 and 1993 detail the young adults' periods of cohabitation, marriage, separation, divorce, childbearing, living arrangements, education, paid employment, and military service.
  • 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


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: 1962-1977 Waves Data
    • DS2: 1980 Mothers' Interview Data
    • DS3: 1980 Children's Interview Data
    • DS4: 1985 Mothers' Interview Data
    • DS5: 1985 Children's Interview Data
    • DS6: 1985 Child Life History Calendar Data
    • DS7: 1993 Mothers' Interview Data
    • DS8: 1993 Children's Interview Data
    • DS9: 1985-1993 Child Life History Calendar Data
Temporal Coverage
  • 1962 / 1993
    Time period: 1962--1993
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Detroit-area Caucasian families who had given birth to their first, second, or fourth child in 1961.
Collection Mode
  • The first wave of these data are released by ICPSR under the title DETROIT AREA STUDY, 1962: FAMILY GROWTH IN DETROIT (ICPSR 7401).

    The variable FAMID62, which appears as the first variable in each dataset, can be used to link individual records to form family-level records.

    The codebooks for Parts 1-6 are available only in hardcopy form. The codebooks for Parts 7-9 are provided as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.1998-04-06 Data and documentation for the 1993 wave (Part 7, Mothers' Interview Data, Part 8, Children's Interview Data, and Part 9, 1985-1993 Child Life History Calendar Data) have been added to this collection. SAS and SPSS data definition statements for all the datasets in the collection have also been prepared, and the new variable FAMID62, which appears as the first variable in each dataset, can be used to link individual records to form family-level records, replacing variables formerly used to identify family links (previously, each wave had a different variable number representing the 1962 family ID). In addition, OSIRIS dictionaries and frequencies are no longer available for this collection.
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9902 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09902.v1
  • Thornton, Arland, Freedman, Ronald, Axinn, Williamn G.. Intergenerational panel study of parents and children. Looking at Lives: American Longitudinal Studies of the Twentieth Century.New York: Russell Sage. 2002.
  • Barber, Jennifer S.. Ideational influences on the transition to parenthood: Attitudes toward childbearing and competing alternatives. Social Psychology Quarterly.64, (2), 101 -2001.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Barber, Jennifer S.. The intergenerational transmission of age at first birth among married and unmarried men and women. Social Science Research.30, (2), 219-247.2001.
    • ID: 10.1006/ssre.2000.0697 (DOI)
  • Cunningham, Mick. Parental influences on the gendered division of housework. American Sociological Review.66, (2), 184-203.2001.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Cunningham, Mick. The influence of parental attitudes and behaviors on children's attitudes toward gender and household labor in early adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family.63, (1), 111-122.2001.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2001.00111.x (DOI)
  • Goldscheider, Frances K., Thornton, Arland, Yang, Li-Shou. Helping out the kids: Expectations about parental support in young adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family.63, (3), 727 -2001.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2001.00727.x (DOI)
  • Thornton, Arland, Binstock, Georgina. The reliability of measurement and the cross-time stability of individual and family variables. Journal of Marriage and Family.63, (3), 881 -2001.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2001.00881.x (DOI)
  • Thornton, Arland, Young-DeMarco, Linda. Four decades of trends in attitudes toward family issues in the United States: The 1960s through the 1990s. Journal of Marriage and Family.63, (4), 1009-1037.2001.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2001.01009.x (DOI)
  • Barber, Jennifer S.. Intergenerational Influences on the Entry into Parenthood: Mothers' Preferences for Family and Nonfamily Behavior. Social Forces.79, (1), 319-348.2000.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Cunningham, Michael Hart, Jr.. Housework, Gender, and the Life Course: Intergenerational and Longitudinal Influences on the Allocation of Household Labor. Dissertation, University of Michigan. 2000.
  • Orbuch, Terry l., Thornton, Arland, Cancio, Jennifer. The impact of marital quality, divorce and remarriage on the relationships between parents and their children. Marriage and Family Review.29, (4), 221-246.2000.
    • ID: 10.1300/J002v29n04_01 (DOI)
  • Barber, Jennifer S., Axinn, William G., Thornton, Arland. Unwanted childbearing, health, and mother-child relationships. Journal of Health and Social Behavior.40, (3), 231-257.1999.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Yabiku, Scott T., Axinn, William G., Thornton, Arland. Family integration and children's self-esteem. American Journal of Sociology.104, (5), 1494-1524.1999.
    • ID: 10.1086/210180 (DOI)
  • Axinn, William G., Barber, Jennifer S., Thornton, Arland. The long-term impact of parents' childbearing decisions on children's self-esteem. Demography.35, (4), 435-443.1998.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Barber, Jennifer S.. Intergenerational influences on childbearing processes: The effects of behavior and attitudes. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University. 1998.
  • Barber, Jennifer S.. Intergenerational influences on the entry into parenthood: Mothers' preferences for family and nonfamily behavior. American Sociological Association. 1998.
  • Barber, Jennifer S., Axinn, William G.. Gender role attitudes and marriage among young women. Sociological Quarterly.39, (1), 11-31.1998.
    • ID: 10.1111/j.1533-8525.1998.tb02347.x (DOI)
  • Cunningham, Mark. Parental Influences on the Gender Division of Housework: Exploring the Intergenerational Transmission of Household Labor Allocation. American Sociological Association. 1998.
  • Downs, Barbara Anne. 'Because My Mother Lives There': The Impact of Family Cohesiveness on Intergenerational Geographical Proximity. Dissertation, University of Michigan. 1998.
  • Pearce, Lisa D., Axinn, William G.. The impact of family religious life on the quality of mother-child relations. American Sociological Review.63, (6), 810-828.1998.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Axinn, William G., Barber, Jennifer S.. Living arrangements and family formation attitudes in early adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family.59, (3), 595-611.1997.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Thornton, Arland, Axinn, William G., Teachman, Jay D.. The influence of school enrollment and accumulation on cohabitation and marriage in early adulthood. American Sociological Review.60, (5), 762-774.1995.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Thornton, Arland, Orbuch, Terri L., Axinn, William G.. Parent-Child Relationships During the Transition to Adulthood. Journal of Family Issues.16, (5), 538-564.1995.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251395016005003 (DOI)
  • Axinn, William G., Thornton, Arland. Mothers, children, and cohabitation: The intergenerational effects of attitudes and behavior. American Sociological Review.58, (2), 233-246.1993.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Thornton, Arland, Young-DeMarco, Linda, Goldscheider, Frances. Leaving the Parental Nest: The Experience of a Young White Cohort in the 1980s. Journal of Marriage and Family.55, (1), 216-229.1993.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Thornton, Arland. The influence of the parental family on the attitudes and behavior of children. The Changing American Family: Sociological and Demographic Perspectives.Boulder, CO: Westview. 1992.
  • Thornton, Arland, Axinn, William G., Hill, Daniel H.. Reciprocal effects of religiosity, cohabitation, and marriage. American Journal of Sociology.98, (3), 628-651.1992.
    • ID: 10.1086/230051 (DOI)
  • Thornton, Arland. Influence of the marital history of parents on the marital and cohabitational experiences of children. American Journal of Sociology.96, (4), 868-894.1991.
    • ID: 10.1086/229611 (DOI)
  • Thornton, Arland. The Courtship Process and Adolescent Sexuality. Journal of Family Issues.11, (3), 239-273.1990.
    • ID: 10.1177/019251390011003002 (DOI)
  • Thornton, Arland, Camburn, Donald. Religious Participation and Adolescent Sexual Behavior and Attitudes. Journal of Marriage and Family.51, (3), 641-653.1989.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Thornton, Arland. Cohabitation and Marriage in the 1980s. Demography.25, (4), 497-508.1988.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Thornton, Arland. Changing attitudes toward separation and divorce: Causes and consequences. American Journal of Sociology.90, (4), 856-872.1985.
    • ID: 10.1086/228147 (DOI)
  • Thornton, Arland, Alwin, Duane F., Camburn, Donald. Causes and consequences of sex-role attitudes and attitude change. American Sociological Review.48, (2), 211-227.1983.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Thornton, Arland, Alwin, Duane F., Camburn, Donald P.. Changing Sex Role Attitudes: Insights from an Intergenerational Panel Study. American Sociological Association. 1982.
  • Thornton, Arland, Freedman, Deborah. Changes in the Sex Role Attitudes of Women, 1962-1977: Evidence of a Panel Study. American Sociological Review.44, 831-842.1979.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Coombs, Lolagene, Freedman, Ronald. Use of telephone interviews in a longitudinal fertility study. Public Opinion Quarterly.28, (1), 112-117.1964.
    • ID: 10.1086/267225 (DOI)

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

Thornton, Arland; Freedman, Deborah (1993): Intergenerational Study of Parents and Children, 1962-1993: [Detroit]. Version 2. Intergenerational Study of Parents and Children, 1962-1985: [Detroit] Series. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.