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Intergenerational Study of Parents and Children, 1962-1993: [Detroit] (ICPSR 9902) RSS

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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.

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

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DS1:  1962-1977 Waves Data - Download All Files (25.4 MB)
DS2:  1980 Mothers' Interview Data - Download All Files (5.6 MB)
DS3:  1980 Children's Interview Data - Download All Files (14.1 MB)
DS4:  1985 Mothers' Interview Data - Download All Files (8.2 MB)
DS5:  1985 Children's Interview Data - Download All Files (15.3 MB)
DS6:  1985 Child Life History Calendar Data - Download All Files (47.8 MB)
DS7:  1993 Mothers' Interview Data - Download All Files (4.2 MB)
DS8:  1993 Children's Interview Data - Download All Files (6 MB)
DS9:  1985-1993 Child Life History Calendar Data - Download All Files (8 MB)

Study Description


Thornton, Arland, and Deborah Freedman. INTERGENERATIONAL STUDY OF PARENTS AND CHILDREN, 1962-1993: [DETROIT]. ICPSR09902-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan, Survey Research Center [producer], 1998. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   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

Geographic Coverage:   Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1962--1993

Universe:   Detroit-area Caucasian families who had given birth to their first, second, or fourth child in 1961.

Data Types:   event/transaction data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

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.


Data Source:

personal interviews and questionnaires

Extent of Processing:  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.


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Version History:

  • 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.

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