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Study Report

Study Number: QP-002-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1955

Subject Area: Family Planning and Fertility

Bibliographic Citation: Detroit area study, 1955: a description of urban kinship patterns: the urban family.  [machine-readable data file] / Alexrod, Morris  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7319

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: This study sampled a cross-section of wives of married couples living in the Detroit metropolitan area. Interviews were conducted in the spring of 1955. The questionnaire focused on the frequency and nature of the respondent's contact with her relatives. For relatives living in the Detroit area, marital status, household composition, and neighborhood of residence are ascertained. The frequency of and reasons for large family gatherings were also asked. In addition, the nature of help the respondent's family has received from relatives is explored. The respondent's family attitudes were examined through questions about the division of labor and decision-making processes in the home. The causes and methods of handling disagreements between the respondent and her husband were examined. The interactions of the couple, including communication between them, were explored. In addition, the respondent was asked about expected family size and what she felt were the advantages of having children. The 1954 DAS also probed the respondent's use of leisure time, her contacts with neighbors, co-workers and other friends, and her (and her husband's) membership in organizations. Demographic information gathered about the respondent included race, sex, age, marital status, educational level, religious affiliation, family income, and occupation. There are 731 respondents, 12 decks of data per respondent, and 580 variables.

SUBJECT TERMS: decision-making. family. kinship patterns. leisure. socialization. urban affairs. wives. women. Michigan-Detroit.


Blood, Robert O. and Donald Wolfe. Husbands and Wives: The Dynamics of Family Life. Glencoe: The Free Press, 1960.

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