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Study Report

Study Number: QP-001-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1954

Subject Area: Family Planning and Fertility

Bibliographic Citation: Detroit area study, 1954: ideal family size in Detroit and administrative behavior in a metropolitan community.  [machine-readable data file] / Freedman, Ronald  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7318

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

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.

SUBJECT TERMS: administrative behavior. civic duty. communities. corruption. employment. family. government agencies. membership. organizational behavior. police activity. public schools. schools. urban affairs. Michigan-Detroit.


Janowitz, Morris, Deil Wright, and Willian Delany. Public Administration and the Public: Perspectives Toward Government in a Metropolitan Community. Ann Arbor: Bureau of Government, Institute of Public Administration, 1958.

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