Intergenerational Study of Parents and Children, 1962-1985: [Detroit] Series RSS

Investigator(s): Arland Thornton and Deborah Freedman

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 1962-1985. The resulting longitudinal study encompasses six 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 two 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. A 1985 Life History Calendar file details the young adults' periods of cohabitation, marriage, separation, divorce, childbearing, living arrangements, education, paid employment, and military service.

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2002
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.
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2001
Barber, Jennifer S. Ideational influences on the transition to parenthood: Attitudes toward childbearing and competing alternatives. Social Psychology Quarterly. 64, (2), 101 -
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2001
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.
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2001
Cunningham, Mick . Parental influences on the gendered division of housework. American Sociological Review. 66, (2), 184-203.
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2001
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.
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2001
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 -
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2001
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 -
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2001
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.
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2000

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