Detroit Area Study, 1971: Social Problems and Social Change in Detroit (ICPSR 7325)

Published: Sep 30, 2010

Principal Investigator(s):
Otis Dudley Duncan; Howard Schuman


Version V2

The study was conducted during the spring and summer of 1971. The aim of the 1971 Detroit Area Study was to gather information on social change in the Detroit area by replicating items from nine earlier Detroit Area Studies that were conducted in 1953-1959, 1968, and 1969. The criteria used for selecting the question items were that they: (1) not be dated by wording or subject matter, (2) be relevant to some problem of current public concern or a continuing issue of sociological theory, and (3) be of the type that would be manageable in a long interview on diverse subjects. The questions chosen to be included in the 1971 Detroit Area Study examined issues such as values in marriage, ideal number of children, satisfaction of wives with marriage, decision-making and division of labor within a marriage, attitudes toward women and work, child-rearing, social participation, religious participation and beliefs, moral and job values, political orientation and participation, evaluation of various institutions, and racial attitudes. In addition to the items replicated from the previous studies, respondents' attitudes toward the United States sending troops to Vietnam were explored. Background variables established respondents' age, sex, race, educational level, marital status, occupation, class identification, and relationship to head of household. Demographic information was also collected on the respondent's spouse and parents.

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

Duncan, Otis Dudley, and Schuman, Howard. Detroit Area Study, 1971:  Social Problems and Social Change in Detroit. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-09-30.

Export Citation:

  • RIS (generic format for RefWorks, EndNote, etc.)
  • EndNote

University of Michigan

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research


1971 (Spring and Summer)

The data available for download are not weighted and users will need to weight the data prior to analysis.

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

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

Variables V54, V335, V338, V339, V345, V346, V349, V350, V354 and V355 contain unknown codes.

Multistage probability sample.

Adults aged 21 years old or older living in dwelling units in the Detroit metropolitan area.


personal interviews

survey data

The response rate of the Wayne County portion of the sample was 80.2 percent.



2010-09-30 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files and ready-to-go files were released with variable labels and value labels. Online analysis capabilities with question text were also added.

1998-02-10 The SPSS data definition statements for this collection are being reissued with minor editing changes, and SAS data definition statements are now available. In addition, the codebook and data collection instrument have been converted to a machine-readable PDF file, and a reformatted logical record length data file is now available.

1984-05-10 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.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

ICPSR logo

This study is provided by ICPSR. ICPSR provides leadership and training in data access, curation, and methods of analysis for a diverse and expanding social science research community.