Detroit Area Study, 1993: Health and Aging (ICPSR 2839)

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The 1993 Detroit Area Study explored a variety of issues related to health, the effects of aging, living conditions, and participation in civic life in the Michigan tri-county area of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. A battery of questions probed respondents' perceptions of their health and mental state and those of their spouse, their ability to perform certain physical and mental activities, and the effect of their emotional state on their appetite and sleeping patterns. Other explored their feelings about neighborhood safety, means of transportation, relationships, accommodation, the portrayal of older people on television programs, and the treatment of older people by employers. The survey also sought respondents' opinions about government, their personal financial situation and problems, money management, savings and investments, and their life as a whole. Additional items questioned respondents about the frequency of their visits to the doctor, overnight hospitalization, chronic health conditions, smoking and drinking habits, and medical coverage, as well as electoral participation, political party preference, ideological leanings, class self-identification, assistance received from community organizations, family, and friends, personal regrets, and time spent watching television and engaging in pleasurable activities. Other questions gauged respondents' memory, vision, and motor skills. Respondents also provided demographic information on sex, age, marital status, race, ethnicity, religion, and education.

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Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Rodgers, Willard. Detroit Area Study, 1993: Health and Aging. ICPSR02839-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2001.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   age discrimination, aging, alcohol consumption, attitudes toward aging, cities, citizen participation, emotional states, family relationships, government performance, health status, income, leisure, life satisfaction, living conditions, medical care, mental health, neighborhood conditions, older adults, personal finances, physical health, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, self evaluation, smoking, social networks, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:   Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:  

  • 1993

Date of Collection:  

  • 1993

Universe:   Residents aged 37 and older in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb.

Data Types:   survey data


Sample:   A statistically random sample was drawn.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Restrictions: This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited. To preserve respondent privacy, the original data file is restricted from general dissemination. To obtain this file, researchers must agree to the terms and conditions of a Restricted Data Use Agreement in accordance with existing servicing policies.


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