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Study Report

Study Number: QM-014-002-2-1-United States-ICPSR-1957

Subject Area: Aging

Bibliographic Citation: National survey of the aged [United States], 1957.  [machine-readable data file] / Shanas, Ethel  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 7686

Date Accessioned: 9/18/1996

Number of Files Received: 11

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 9/18/1996

Documentation: The codebook and questionnaire files are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. In addition, SAS and SPSS definition files are available. 1-volume hard copy codebooks from previous edition maintained for reference use only.

Abstract: The National Survey of the Aged, [United States], 1957 conducted by Dr. Ethel Shanas consists of three parts: 1. The Health Needs of Older Persons, 2. Household Enumeration: Non-interviewed Individuals, and 3. Public Attitudes on Older People. The surveys were sponsored by the Health Information Foundation at the University of Chicago and conducted at the National Opinion Research Center. Part I, the Health Needs of Older People covers the fields of health, the use of medical facilities, the cost of medical care, the older person's sources of income, his/her social relationships, attitudes toward younger family members, work, religion and a self-evaluation of health status. Part II contains information describing persons located during the enumeration process who were unable to complete the interview. Part III, Public Attitudes on Older People, surveyed a cross-section of adult Americans. This survey was mainly concerned with what responsibility younger and middle aged people assume for older relatives, the kinds of plans these people make for their own maintenance in later years, and overall attitudes on the part of all age groups toward certain situations which are common in later life. This survey is the first of three national surveys, continued in 1962 and 1975, of the aged conducted by Dr. Shanas. The data in Part I and II are based on a random sample of the total non- institutionalized population in the United States in the age group 60 and over. The six-stage area probability sample was of the general design used by the United States Bureau of the Census for the Current Population Survey. Part III, the general public survey, used the same sampling frame used in Parts I and II but employed quotas rather than probability selection at the last two stages, it is based on an really-restricted quota sample of the adult population. Part I consists of 2,114 cases and 829 variables per case. Each record contains the responses to the Household Enumeration Folder, the older person's questionnaire, a hospital supplement, and the `designated individual' questionnaire. Part II consists of 326 cases and 26 variables per case. Each record consists of the responses to the Household Enumeration Folder for those individuals who did not complete the entire interview. Part III consists of 2,567 cases and 102 variables per case. Each record contains the responses to the Public Attitudes on Older People survey. The data can be provided in several formats including a card image file that contains several decks per case in a format based on 80-column records.

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