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Detroit Area Study, 1985: Life Events in Everyday Experience (ICPSR 6414)

Principal Investigator(s): Kessler, Ronald C.


The 1985 Detroit Area Study surveyed life events of respondents. Questions addressed alcohol and drug use, emotional state, incidents of depression and fear, stress caused by children and work, and respondent's general health. Information on the respondent's family background was also collected, with specific emphases on children, parenting, and marriage. Gender comparison questions were posed to explore in detail issues such as the benefits/responsibilities of marriage, marriage roles and careers, and division of housework tasks. The survey also included items on the respondent's financial situation, social life, social support network, and demographic characteristics such as age, race, sex, education, religion, and income.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Kessler, Ronald C. Detroit Area Study, 1985: Life Events in Everyday Experience. ICPSR06414-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1995. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06414.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06414.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cities, coping, depression (psychology), domestic responsibilities, drug use, economic behavior, emotional states, everyday life, family background, family life, family work relationship, gender roles, health, housework, job stress, life events, marriage, psychological wellbeing, social life, social support, stress

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1985

Date of Collection:   

  • 1985-04--1985-08

Universe:    Non-Black married couples living together in the Michigan counties of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The statistically random sample drawn from Michigan's tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties) excluded the city of Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. Couples with at least one person between 18 and 64 years of age were selected. The study was based on two independent samples, one administered by the Detroit Area Studies (DAS) and the other by the Survey Research Center (SRC). Both samples are included in this dataset. DAS/SRC participation in data collection was at approximately a 1:3 ratio.

Data Source:

personal interviews

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:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-10-12

Version History:

  • 2010-08-20 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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