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Detroit Area Study, 1953 [United States]: Child Training Patterns Among Urban Families and Attitudes and Perceptions of Consensus of Group Members

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Title:Detroit Area Study, 1953 [United States]: Child Training Patterns Among Urban Families and Attitudes and Perceptions of Consensus of Group Members
Study Number:68
Catalog Date:04/14/2000
Primary Investigator(s):Miller, Daniel, Guy Swanson, Theodore Newcomb
Source:DAS
Access Restrictions:No
Abstract:This study sampled a cross-section of women living in the Detroit metropolitan area who were mothers of children 18 years old or younger. Interviews were conducted in the spring of 1953. The emphasis of the study was on child rearing practices. The mother was asked how she handled such situations as thumb sucking, toilet training, and a child's touching his/her sexual organs. A history of the child's bottle and breast feeding was ascertained along with the mother's attitudes about supervising young children. Questions regarding children's sex-roles were also included. The respondent was asked what she did when her child did something particularly bad. In addition, other topics were explored. The study asked the respondent if she voted for Eisenhower or Stevenson and why. The respondent was questioned about her three best friends to determine how frequently she visited with them, how often she discussed the election with them, whom they voted for and what kind of jobs their husbands held. Demographic information collected included sex, race, age, education, place of birth, length of residence in the Detroit area, home ownership, length of time at present residence, marital status, number of children, original nationality of husband's family, income, occupation, religious preference, and class identification. There are 764 respondents, 5 cards of data per respondent, and 218 variables.
Universe:Women living in the Detroit metropolitan area who were mothers of children 18 years old or younger.

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