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Study Report

Study Number: QM-024-001-2-1-United States-ICPSR-1986

Subject Area: Aging

Bibliographic Citation: National survey of problems facing elderly Americans living alone, 1986.  [machine-readable data file] / Davis, Karen  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9379

Date Accessioned: 9/18/1996

Number of Files Received: 5

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Date Ordered: 9/18/1996

Documentation: Machine-readable only.SAS and SPSS statements files. Codebook and questionnaire files are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format on the CD-ROM. View the PDF questionnaire file. For help with viewing PDF files look here. 1 volume hard copy codebook for previous edition is maintained for reference use only.

Abstract: This survey was designed to obtain a clear picture of the resources, problems, needs, and preferences of the eight million elderly Americans who live alone. The questions cover not only living arrangements and demographic information, but also economic well-being, health, health care, health insurance, difficulties and fears, need for help, obtaining help, and opinions on policies that have been proposed on the behalf of the elderly. The living arrangements of those in the sample fell into three categories: approximately 30 percent lived alone, 54 percent lived with spouses, and 16 percent lived with children or others. The sample included 903 widowed women over age 65. Comparable data on a Hispanic American sample, who were interviewed with the same questionnaire, are available in NATIONAL SURVEY OF HISPANIC ELDERLY LIVING ALONE, 1988 (ICPSR 9289).

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