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Study Report

Study Number: QM-506-001-1-1-United Kingdom-ESDS-2002

Subject Area: Aging

Bibliographic Citation: English longitudinal study of ageing (ELSA).  [machine-readable data file] / Marmot, Michael  [principal investigator(s)] / Economic and Social Data Service, United Kingdom  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: ELSA

Date Accessioned: 10/23/2009

Number of Files Received: 0

Comments: ELSA data and document files are available from the Economic and Social Data Service (ESDS) a national data archiving and dissemination service in the United Kingdom. A registration with ESDS is required before a user can obtain the ELSA study. RAND Corporation has created a wiki to compare several aging studies such as HRS, ELSA, SHARE, KLoSA, and CHARLES.

Access Status: Restricted

Documentation: Questionnaires, methodology and other reports are available from ESDS website.

Abstract: The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) is designed to collect information about the health, lifestyles and financial situation of people aged 50 and over. ELSA sample was drawn from three survey years (1998. 1999 and 2001) of the Health Survey for England (HSE). It is modeled after the U.S. Health and Retirement Study (HRS). Wave 1 ELSA was conducted in 2002 using individual interviews and self-completion questionnaires. The individual interview comprised twelve modules: household demographics (completed by only one person in the household), individual demographics, health, social participation, work and pensions, income and assets (completed by one person in each financial unit), housing (completed by only one person in the household), cognitive function, expectations, psycho-social health, final questions and performance measures. Wave 2 data was collected in 2004 and its core questionnaire is very similar to wave 1. In addition, it included a set of new questions on quality of health care received, household spending on leisure, clothing and transfers, perceptions of deprivation relative to others, perceptions of ageing, levels of literacy, perceived effort and reward for caregiving, and voluntary activities. Wave 3 was fielded between May of 2006 and August of 2007. It added event history questions asking respondents about important events from childhood and throughout their lives. Wave 4 was carried out between 2008 and 2009.

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