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Detroit Area Study, 1977: Attitude-Behavior Consistency and Attribution of Responsibility (ICPSR 8189)

Principal Investigator(s): Schuman, H.; Manis, M.; Hamilton, V.L.; Sanders, J.; Groves, R.


The Detroit Area Study is an ongoing series of surveys conducted by the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. These surveys serve two purposes: to provide useful survey information about various population characteristics and social issues selected as topics by principal investigators, and to provide actual survey research experience for graduate students. This study explores two topics related to social psychology. Attitude-behavior consistency was measured by asking respondents about their television viewing and their attitudes toward television violence. Follow-up interviews were conducted by telephone to ascertain respondents' actual television viewing. In addition, some respondents were asked to sign a petition regarding violence on television. The study of attribution was conducted by reading respondents a series of vignettes and then asking several questions regarding the characters' responsibility for their actions.

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


Schuman, H., M. Manis, V.L. Hamilton, J. Sanders, and R. Groves. Detroit Area Study, 1977: Attitude-Behavior Consistency and Attribution of Responsibility. ICPSR08189-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, cities, family life, mass media, media influence, responsibility, social attitudes, social attitudes and behavior, social issues, television viewing, television violence

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1977

Date of Collection:   

  • 1977

Data Type(s):    survey data


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:

  • Standardized missing values.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-12

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