New in the DISC Archive: Research on Early Life and Aging Trends and Effects (RELATE)

The DISC Online Archive is now distributing the Research on Early Life and Aging Trends and Effects (RELATE) study, under the direction of principal investigator Mary McEniry.  The RELATE study compiles cross-national data containing information that can be used to examine the effects of early life conditions on older adult health conditions:  heart disease, diabetes, obesity, functionality, mortality, and self-reported health.

The data and documentation available at DISC represent a subset of a larger cross sectional/longitudinal dataset (n=147,278), compiled from major studies of older adults or households across the world that in most instances are representative of the older adult population either nationally, in major urban centers, or in provinces. The full RELATE data includes over 180 variables with information on demographic and geographic variables along with information about early life conditions and life course events for older adults in low, middle and high income countries. Selected variables were harmonized to facilitate cross national comparisons.

The subset of the RELATE data (n=88,273) available at DISC includes harmonized data of older adults from the following regions of the world: Africa (Ghana and South Africa), Asia (China, India), Latin America (Costa Rica, major cities in Latin America), and the United States (Puerto Rico, Wisconsin).

In addition to the data at DISC, the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) was also used in the compilation of the larger RELATE dataset (HRS) (n=12,527) and these data are available the HRS data products page  via the “Access to Public Data” link, with a free registration required. HRS data can then be appended to the harmonized cross-national RELATE data file available at DISC.

Research on Early Life and Aging Trends and Effects (RELATE), 1996-2008.

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