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Detroit Area Study, 1965: A Study of Placement of Events in Time

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Cannell, Charles
  • Scott, John
  • Wolfe, Donald
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Detroit Area Studies Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
cities; economic behavior; families; family life; life events; life history; political affiliation; political attitudes; political participation; time utilization
  • Abstract

    This data collection measures the ability of 558 adults in the Detroit metropolitan area to recall major events in their lives and to place these events in a particular time frame. In order to ascertain the quality of their memories, respondents were questioned extensively about the time they bought their house and car, when they last observed a death or illness in the family or among their friends, and if they could recall precise events such as the assassination of President Kennedy. They were also asked about the time they were last hospitalized and how long they had lived in their present residence. Also explored were respondents' feelings about time and their use of time. Additional items explored respondents' childhood memories, attendance at club meetings, routine or planned activities, approach to multitasking, their favorite holiday, and sense of direction, as well as the quality of services provided by various utility companies. Demographic variables specify age, place of birth, race, marital status, occupation, education, religion, original nationality of parents, number of children, political party affiliation, home ownership, family income, and length of residence in the Detroit area. 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: Performed consistency checks..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1965
  • Collection date: 1965
Geographic Coverage
  • Detroit
  • Michigan
  • United States
A total of 558 adults aged 21-64 in the Detroit metropolitan area in 1965.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7404 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07404.v2
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  • Spiro, Shimon E.. Residential Density, Neighboring and Local Personal Relationships: A Comment on Two Papers by M. Baldassare. Sociological Symposium.20, 84-85.1977.
  • Hawkins, Darnell F.. Nonresponse in Detroit Area Study Surveys: A Ten-Year Analysis. Working Papers in Methodology, Vol. 8.Chapel Hill, NC: Institute for Research in Social Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 1976.
  • Hawkins, Darnell F.. Nonresponse in Detroit Area Study Surveys: A ten year analysis. Dissertation, University of Michigan. 1976.
  • Baldassare, Mark. Residential density, local ties and neighborhood attitudes: Are the findings of micro-studies generalizable to urban areas?. Sociological Symposium.14, 93-102.1975.
  • Segal, David R., Hikel, Gerald Kent. The emerging independent. American Sociological Association meetings.New York, NY. 1973.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

Cannell, Charles; Scott, John; Wolfe, Donald (1984): Detroit Area Study, 1965: A Study of Placement of Events in Time. Version 1. Detroit Area Studies Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.