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Detroit Area Study, 1953: Child Training Patterns Among Urban Families and Attitudes and Perceptions of Consensus of Group Members (ICPSR 7317)

Principal Investigator(s): Miller, Daniel, University of Michigan; Swanson, Guy, University of Michigan; Newcomb, Theodore, University of Michigan


This study contains data on child-rearing practices of mothers of children aged 18 and younger. The study was a combination of two studies: CHILD REARING PATTERNS AMONG URBAN FAMILIES by Daniel Miller and Guy Swanson, and ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTIONS OF CONSENSUS OF GROUP MEMBERS by Theodore Newcomb. Respondents were asked about their children's habits, toilet training, and bottle- and breast-feeding patterns. Respondents were also asked about their child-rearing practices, attitudes about children, views of child-appropriate and sex-appropriate tasks, handling of difficult situations with their children, and use of leisure time. Other questions explored respondents' political interests, social life, and friends. They were asked if they voted for Adlai Stevenson or Dwight Eisenhower in the last American presidential election and why. The respondents were questioned about their three best friends to determine how frequently they visited with them, how often they discussed the election with them, whom they voted for and what kind of jobs their husbands held. Demographic variables specify age, sex, race, education, place of birth, length of residence in the Detroit area, home ownership, length of time at present residence, marital status, number of children, original nationality of husband's family, income, occupation, religious preferences, and class identification.

More information about the Detroit Area Studies Project is available on this Web site.

Series: Detroit Area Studies Series

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Study Description


Miller, Daniel, Guy Swanson, and Theodore Newcomb. Detroit Area Study, 1953: Child Training Patterns Among Urban Families and Attitudes and Perceptions of Consensus of Group Members. ICPSR07317-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-07-20. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07317.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07317.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    breast feeding, child rearing, children, cities, economic behavior, families, family life, friendships, gender roles, interpersonal communication, leisure, mothers, parenting skills, parents, political affiliation, political attitudes, political participation, socialization

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1953

Date of Collection:   

  • 1953

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Value labels for unknown codes were added in variables: V105 V106 V107 V108 V109 V130 V173 V200

Although this study also included a sample of interviews conducted in Macomb and Oakland Counties, this data is not included in this collection.


Sample:    A cross-section sample of women living in the Detroit metropolitan area who were mothers of children aged 18 and younger.

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:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-05-10

Version History:

  • 2010-07-20 ICPSR has updated the Codebook. All other components of this data collection remain the same.

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