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Detroit Area Study, 1971 [United States]: Social Problems and Social Change in Detroit

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Title:Detroit Area Study, 1971 [United States]: Social Problems and Social Change in Detroit
Study Number:46
Catalog Date:05/05/1998
Primary Investigator(s):Duncan, O. D., Howard Shuman
Source:ICPSR
Access Restrictions:No
Abstract: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.
Universe:Adults aged 21 years old or older living in dwelling units in the Detroit metropolitan area.

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