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Detroit Area Study 1978: A Study of the Family (ICPSR 8190)

Published: Oct 25, 2010

Principal Investigator(s):
David Goldberg


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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. In the 1978 survey, 650 Detroit-area women were personally interviewed about their families. Items included questions on sex-role attitudes, ideal family size, and patterns of decision-making. Extensive occupational and fertility histories were also collected.

Goldberg, David. Detroit Area Study 1978: A Study of the Family. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-10-25.

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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.

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

Multistage probability sample.

Women living in the Detroit area in 1978.


personal interviews

survey data

face-to-face interview



1985-03-18 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.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

2010-10-25 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.


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

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