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Study Report

Study Number: QM-511-001-1-1-Mexico-UPENNPOP-2001

Subject Area: Aging

Bibliographic Citation: Mexican health and aging study (MHAS), 2001 and 2003.  [machine-readable data file] / Soldo, Beth J.  [principal investigator(s)] / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Population Studies Center  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: MHAS

Date Accessioned: 5/10/2011

Number of Files Received: 0

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Access Status: Unrestricted access

Date Ordered: 5/10/2011

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Abstract: Mexican health and aging study (MHAS) is a panel study designed to investigate a broad range of issues affecting the Mexican elderly population. It examines the aging processes and its disease and disability burden, across multiple health domains. MHAS is nationally representative of the roughly 13 million Mexicans born before 1951. In 2001, 15,186 Mexicans aged 50 years and older and their spouses or partners were interviewed. Proxy interviews were sought when poor health or temporary absence precluded direct interviews (7% of all interviews were conducted with proxy respondents). All interviews were conducted in person. Data on health conditions; functional status; hygienic behaviors; use of health services; attributes of kin and transfer behaviors across the family network; migration history of respondents, children, and siblings economic measures, and community-level are collected from the respondents. In addition, respondents were asked to provided information regarding a parent's survival status, demographic background, health, disability, socioeconomic status, and living arrangements. Follow-up interviews with surviving respondents were conducted in the second quarter of 2003. Interviews with next-of-kin were conducted on deceased respondents.

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