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Americans' Changing Lives: Wave I, 1986

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • House, James S.
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
Free Keywords
health; life events; life satisfaction; mental health; psychological wellbeing; stress
  • 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.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986-05 / 1986-11
    Time period: 1986-05--1986-11
  • 1986-05 / 1986-11
    Collection date: 1986-05--1986-11
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
The United States household population aged 25 years and older, exclusive of Alaska and Hawaii.
Multistage stratified area probability sample, with oversampling of blacks and those 60 years of age and over.
Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (P01 AG05561).
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This study is no longer distributed by ICPSR.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9267 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09267.v1

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

House, James S. (1990): Americans' Changing Lives: Wave I, 1986. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.