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Study of the Well-Being of Older People in Cleveland, Ohio, 1975-1976

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States General Accounting Office
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
living conditions; quality of life; senior citizens; Social Security; United States; Ohio; Ohio-Cleveland
  • Abstract

    Between June and November of 1975, 1,834 noninstitutionalized persons residing in Cleveland, Ohio, were interviewed by personnel from Case Western Reserve University for the United States General Accounting Office. Of these, 1,519 were reinterviewed one year later (Phase II of the survey). A questionnaire developed by the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development in collaboration with the United States Department of Health, Education, and Welfare gathered information on the well-being of these older persons and their use of services. The study sought to assess the social, economic, mental, and physical well-being reported by respondents. It also concentrated on daily activities and on the use and quality of services and the characteristics of service providers.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1975 / 1976
    Time period: 1975--1976
Sampled Universe
Noninstitutionalized persons aged 65 and older.
Random sample from Medicare and Medicaid lists of noninstitutionalized persons living in Cleveland, Ohio.
Collection Mode
  • (1) The total sample of 1,834 is divided into two parts. Older persons in Cleveland are identified by case numbers 1 through 3999 (N = 1,609) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients by case numbers 6000 through 6999 (N = 225). (2) Data collected in Phase II (which can be identified by sorting on V5001) consists of 1,325 older persons in Cleveland and 194 persons receiving SSI. (3) Data in both Phase I and Phase II also contain cases for individuals under the age of 65. Phase I contains eleven such cases and Phase II contains three cases.

2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.1997-10-08 SAS and SPSS data definition statements have been created for this collection, and the codebook is now available as a PDF file.
This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 7773 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Ford, Amasa B., Haug, Marie R., Roy, Ann W., Jones, Paul K., Folmar, Steven J.. New Cohorts of Urban Elders: Are They in Trouble?. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.47, (6), S297-S303.1992.
  • Krause, Neal. Perceived health problems, formal/informal support, and life satisfaction among older adults. Journal of Gerontology.45, (5), S193-S205.1990.
  • Mindel, Charles H., Wright, Roosevelt, Jr., Starrett, Richard A.. Informal and formal health and social support systems of black and white elderly: A comparative cost approach. Gerontologist.26, (3), 279-285.1986.
    • ID: 10.1093/geront/26.3.279 (DOI)
  • Coulton, Claudia, Frost, Abbie K.. Use of Social and Health Services by the Elderly. Journal of Health and Social Behavior.23, (4), 330-339.1982.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States General Accounting Office (1984): Study of the Well-Being of Older People in Cleveland, Ohio, 1975-1976. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.