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Detroit Longitudinal Study, 1967 (ICPSR 7312)

Principal Investigator(s): Aberbach, Joel; Walker, Jack


This survey asked Detroit area residents about satisfaction with their neighborhoods, police relations, racial discrimination, and perceptions of the 1967 riot and its consequences. In addition, the questionnaire measured feelings of political efficacy, political involvement, evaluations of various political personalities and social programs, and respondents' personal values and aspirations. Respondents' attitudes toward race relations were examined in a series of questions dealing with integration and separation of the races and an open-ended question that prompted respondents to define "Black power." Also included in this study are three derived measures: a general trust scale, an index assessing respondents' interpretations of the riot, and a political power index measuring respondents' perceptions of their ability to affect local and national laws. Questions also elicited background information, such as composition of respondents' parental families, level of education of parental figures, father's occupation, and parental influence on the respondents' job choices. Region and size of place of residence during childhood were also ascertained, as well as how long the respondent had lived in Detroit. Demographic data include age, sex, race, marital status, education and technical training, occupation, employment history, union membership, and service in the Armed Forces for the head of household. In all cases Black respondents were interviewed by Black interviewers and white respondents were interviewed by white interviewers.

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Study Description


Aberbach, Joel, and Jack Walker. DETROIT LONGITUDINAL STUDY, 1967. Conducted by Lafayette Clinic, Detroit. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1974.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aspirations, Black power, Black White relations, childhood, Detroit riots (1967), educational background, family life, military service, neighborhoods, parental influence, political attitudes, police performance, political efficacy, political participation, public opinion, race relations, racial attitudes, riots, social attitudes, social problems, social status, trust in government, voting behavior, values

Geographic Coverage:    Detroit, Michigan, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1967

Date of Collection:   

  • 1967-08--1968-03

Universe:    People 16 years of age or older living in dwelling units in the city of Detroit, in Hamtramck and Highland Park (cities entirely enclosed within Detroit), and in Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Park, and Harper Woods (communities forming a wedge between the east side of Detroit and Lake St. Clair).

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Random sample (N=538), supplemented with a special sample (N=309) randomly drawn from the areas of Detroit where fires related to the 1967 civil disturbance were located.

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


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

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