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Detroit Area Study, 1988: Perspectives on the Care of the Elderly (ICPSR 6411)

Principal Investigator(s): Birdsall, William C.


The 1988 Detroit Area Study addressed attitudes toward issues such as retirement age, Social Security, funding for the care of the elderly, perceptions of the elderly, and personal experiences with care of the elderly. Respondents were also asked about their views regarding government spending on elderly assistance, health care, welfare, and job programs. Demographic characteristics of respondents include employment status, years of residency in the Detroit area, education, religion, age, sex, race, and income.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Birdsall, William C. Detroit Area Study, 1988: Perspectives on the Care of the Elderly. ICPSR06411-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    assisted living, cities, economic behavior, funding, government spending, health care, institutional care, older adults, public opinion, retirement, social issues, Social Security

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1988

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988

Universe:    Adults 21 years and older in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The statistically random sample was drawn from households in the city of Detroit and the surrounding counties.

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-10-12

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