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Detroit Area Study, 1954 [United States]: Ideal Family Size in Detroit and Administrative Behavior in a Metropolitan Community

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Title:Detroit Area Study, 1954 [United States]: Ideal Family Size in Detroit and Administrative Behavior in a Metropolitan Community
Study Number:69
Catalog Date:05/07/1998
Primary Investigator(s):Janowitz, Morris, Ronald Freedman
Source:DAS
Access Restrictions:No
Abstract:This study sampled a cross-section of adults living in the Detroit Metropolitan area. Interviews were conducted in the spring of 1954. The study was concerned with respondents' information about, contact with, and attitudes toward governmental administrative agencies. It also explored respondents' attitudes toward civic duties, organizational membership, and ideal family size. The 1954 Detroit Area Study examined contact with and knowledge of various government agencies, including the Michigan Employment Security Commission and the Social Security system. The respondent was asked to evaluate the performance of the public schools, the County Sheriff's Department, the State Police, the local police, and the local, county, and state government officials. The political preference and participation of the respondent were ascertained and also his/her perception of the amount of corruption among high government officials. The respondent was asked to define ''red tape'' and to say how much of it was necessary. Also he/she was asked about the importance of political pull to the responsiveness of government agencies in helping private citizens. Several questions were included to determine the respondent's attitudes toward government employment and employees, specifically the prestige of various jobs in the public sector compared with that of jobs in the private sector, preferences for working for the United States government or a private firm, courteousness of city employees, and general experience in dealing with public employees. The study also examined attitudes toward the government increasing its role in areas like unemployment, education, and housing. The organizations that the respondent belonged to were ascertained along with his/her overall evaluation of living in Detroit and what he/she considered the ideal number of children for a couple with his/her standard of living. Background variables were also included. There are 764 respondents, 5 cards of data per respondent, and 218 variables.
Universe:One person, 21 years of older, selected randomly from households in the Detroit metropolitan area.

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