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Detroit Area Study, 1997: Social Change in Religion and Child Rearing (ICPSR 4120)

Principal Investigator(s): Alwin, Duane F., University of Michigan. Department of Sociology


For this survey, respondents from three counties in the Detroit, Michigan, area were queried about their work, health, marriage and family, finances, political views, religion, and child rearing. With respect to finances, respondent views were elicited on credit card purchases, recording expenditures, and savings and investments. Regarding political views, respondents were questioned about political preferences, presidential values, freedom of speech, nuclear war, and the interest of public officials. Questions also addressed religious beliefs and experiences, including the religiosity of respondents' parents, belief in and relationship with God, the relationship between science and religion, school prayer, divorce, and homosexuality. Additional religious questions -- based on the respondents' religious preference (i.e., Protestant, Catholic, Jew, Other Religion, or No Preference/Agnostic/Atheist Only) -- also were asked, covering topics such as interfaith marriages, religion of friends, and observance of religious holy days. Questions were asked about the views of respondents' religious leaders on issues including drinking, abortion, and test-tube fertilization. Regarding child rearing, views were elicited on issues including religious preference of child(ren) raised, religious training given to child(ren), and frequency of prayer before meals. Background information includes marital status, employment, political orientation, and income.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Alwin, Duane F. Detroit Area Study, 1997: Social Change in Religion and Child Rearing. ICPSR04120-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-06-02. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04120.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04120.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    abortion, birth control, Catholics, child rearing, Christianity, church attendance, communism, Creationism, credit card use, divorce, drinking behavior, economic behavior, educational background, employment, ethnicity, family life, fertility, freedom of speech, friendships, gambling, health behavior, health status, homosexuality, income, intergenerational relations, Jews, job satisfaction, marriage, nuclear war, political affiliation, political participation, political parties, prayer, presidency, priests, Protestants, religious affiliation, religious behavior, religious beliefs, religious conversion, school prayer, suicide, voting behavior

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1997

Date of Collection:   

  • 1997

Universe:    Residents 21 years and older in the tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb) of Michigan.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Removed a broken link from the Summary field on October 4, 2017.


Sample:    A random-digit dialing sample of residential telephone numbers in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb. The sample was restricted to adults 21 years of age and older.

Mode of Data Collection:    telephone interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-06-02



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