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National Survey of the Aged, 1975

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Shanas, Ethel
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Administration on Aging
  • United States Social Security Administration
Free Keywords
aging; economic behavior; eldercare; family relationships; financial assets; health care services; health expenditures; health status; income; job expectations; living conditions; older adults; personal finances; quality of life; retirement; self evaluation; social issues; supportive services; welfare services; work attitudes
  • Abstract

    This survey was conducted during the spring and summer of 1975 under a grant from the Administration on Aging and with supplemental funding from the Social Security Administration. It surveyed noninstitutionalized Americans aged 65 and older with a special focus on developing national estimates of the economic needs and social concerns of the elderly. The survey attempted to describe the aged population and to indicate the degree of health, financial independence, and familial support of 2,143 older Americans. Also studied were the work status of respondents, their past and present attitudes toward work, their desire for gainful employment, their income and assets, their evaluation of their own financial status, and their reported use of health and welfare services. The data collection comprises three files. Part 1 contains the general survey, Part 2 is a survey of proxy respondents, and Part 3 supplies information on persons who could not complete an interview.
  • Methods

    ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection: Standardized missing values.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: General Survey
    • DS2: Proxy Respondents
    • DS3: Noncontacts
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1975
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Noninstitutionalized Americans aged 65 and older.
Multistage probability sample.
Collection Mode
  • This collection contains weights that may be used to compensate for nonrespondents and location.

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 7945 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR07945.v1
  • Shelton, Jean Frances. The Economics of Intergenerational Transfers. Dissertation, University of California, San Diego. 1992.
  • Hoeffer, Beverly. Predictors of life outlook of older single women. Research in Nursing and Health.10, (2), 111-117.1987.
    • ID: 10.1002/nur.4770100207 (DOI)
  • Doty, Leilani. Life Satisfaction Determinants in Older Persons. Dissertation, University of Florida. 1986.
  • Shanas, Ethel. The Health of Older People: A Social Survey. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1962.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

Shanas, Ethel (1984): National Survey of the Aged, 1975. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.