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Study Report

Study Number: SA-030-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1986

Subject Area: Attitudes Toward Self and Society

Bibliographic Citation: Americans' changing lives: wave I, 1986.  [machine-readable data file] / House, James S.  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9267

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: This study is part of a larger research program designed to investigate (1) the ways in which a wide range of activities and social relationships that people engage in are broadly ''productive,'' (2) how individuals adapt to acute life events and chronic stresses that threaten the maintenance of health, effective functioning, and productive activity, and (3) sociocultural variations in the nature, meaning, determinants, and consequences of productive activity and relationships. Focusing especially on differences between black and white Americans in middle and late life, these data constitute the first wave in a national longitudinal panel survey covering a wide range of sociological, psychological, mental, and physical health items. Among the topics covered are interpersonal relationships (spouse/partner, children, parents, friends), sources and levels of satisfaction, social interactions and leisure activities, traumatic life events (physical assault, serious illness, divorce, death of a loved one, financial or legal problems), perceptions of retirement, health behaviors (smoking, alcohol consumption, overweight, rest), and utilization of health care (doctor visits, hospitalization, nursing home institutionalization, bed days). Also included are measures of physical health, psychological well-being, and indices referring to cognitive functioning. Background information provided for individuals includes household composition, number of children and grandchildren, employment status, occupation and work history, income, family financial situation, religious beliefs and practices, ethnicity, race, education, sex, and region of residence.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: The United States household population aged 25 years and older, exclusive of Alaska and Hawaii.

SAMPLE: Multistage stratified area probability sample, with oversampling of blacks and those 60 years of age and over.

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 1 data file + OSIRIS dictionary.

RESTRICTIONS: In order to preserve respondent confidentiality, certain identifying variables will be restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the confidentiality of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.

DATA TYPE: survey data


TIME PERIOD: May-November 1986

DATE OF COLLECTION: May-November 1986

FUNDING AGENCY: National Institute on Aging.



Herzog, A.R., R.L. Kahn, J.N. Morgan, J.S. Jackson, and T.C. Antonucci. ''Age Differences in Productive Activities.'' JOURNAL OF GERONTOLOGY: SOCIAL SCIENCES 44 (1989), S129-S138.

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