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Study Report

Study Number: QN-013-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1982

Subject Area: Family and Child in Society

Bibliographic Citation: Detroit area study, 1982: child rearing values and practices.  [machine-readable data file] / Alwin, Duane  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9304

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: Parental child-rearing practices and values and factors influencing those practices were the main focus of this Detroit Area Study. Respondents were asked about their involvement with their children and the kind and amount of activities done together, household rules that children were expected to follow and how strictly those rules were enforced, and forms of punishment employed for disobedience such as scolding, grounding, or physical punishment. Parental values were explored by the survey with a variety of items such as the importance to the respondent of being a parent, educational achievement desired for children, the desirability of certain qualities in their children, (e.g., good manners, honesty, sound judgment, responsibility, and being a good student), and whether it was important for their children to have certain skills such as knowing how to swim. Respondents were also queried about their satisfaction with the cleanliness of their homes, the amount of space in the home, the quality of the main meal of the day, and the amount of money available for them to do the things they want to do. Other questions asked by the survey include whether the auto industry would make a comeback, the main reasons the auto industry was in trouble, if the respondent or any of their children had ever gotten into trouble using matches or fire and the consequences of those actions, and whether all important decisions in the life of the family should be made by the man. Background information on individuals includes race, age, sex, household composition, marital status, income, occupation, religious preference, education, and union membership.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Adults aged 18 and over residing in households located in the Michigan counties of Oakland, Macomb, or Wayne who were raising children between the ages of 2 and 17.

SAMPLE: Multistage area probability sample of households. An eligible parent was randomly selected from each sampled household.


RESTRICTIONS: In order to preserve respondent confidentiality, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.

DATA TYPE: survey data





Alwin, Duane F. ''Historical Changes in Parental Orientations To Children.'' In N. Mandell and S. Cahill (eds.), SOCIOLOGICAL STUDIES OF CHILD DEVELOPMENT. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press, 1988. Alwin, Duane F. ''Social Stratification, Conditions of Work and Parental Socialization Values.'' In N. Eisenberg, J. Reykowski, and E. Staub (eds.), SOCIAL AND MORAL VALUES: INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIETAL PERSPECTIVES. New York, NY: Erlbaum, Forthcoming. Alwin, Duane F. ''Religion and Parental Child-rearing Orientations: Evidence of a Catholic-Protestant Convergence.'' AMERICAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY 92 (1986), 412-440.

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