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Detroit Area Study, 1982: Child Rearing Values and Practices (ICPSR 9304)

Principal Investigator(s): Alwin, Duane F.


Parental child-rearing practices and values and factors influencing those practices were the main focus of this Detroit Area Study. Respondents were asked about their involvement with their children and the kind and amount of activities done together, household rules that children were expected to follow and how strictly those rules were enforced, and forms of punishment employed for disobedience such as scolding, grounding, or physical punishment. Parental values were explored by the survey with a variety of items such as the importance to the respondent of being a parent, educational achievement desired for children, the desirability of certain qualities in their children, (e.g., good manners, honesty, sound judgment, responsibility, and being a good student), and whether it was important for their children to have certain skills such as knowing how to swim. Respondents were also queried about their satisfaction with the cleanliness of their homes, the amount of space in the home, the quality of the main meal of the day, and the amount of money available for them to do the things they want to do. Other questions asked by the survey include whether the auto industry would make a comeback, the main reasons the auto industry was in trouble, if the respondent or any of their children had ever gotten into trouble using matches or fire and the consequences of those actions, and whether all important decisions in the life of the family should be made by the man. Background information on individuals includes race, age, sex, household composition, marital status, income, occupation, religious preference, education, and union membership.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Alwin, Duane F. Detroit Area Study, 1982: Child Rearing Values and Practices. ICPSR09304-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09304.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09304.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    child rearing, cities, economic behavior, expectations, families, family life, gender roles, life satisfaction, parent child relationship, parental attitudes, parents, personal finances, political attitudes, quality of life, social attitudes, social values, socialization

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1982

Date of Collection:   

  • 1982-04--1982-06

Universe:    Adults aged 18 and over residing in households located in the Michigan counties of Oakland, Macomb, or Wayne who were raising children between the ages of 2 and 17.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Multistage area probability sample of households. An eligible parent was randomly selected from each sampled household.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Restrictions: In order to preserve respondent confidentiality, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-05-01

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