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National Survey of Hispanic Elderly People, 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Davis, Karen
  • The Commonwealth Fund Commission on Elderly People Living Alone
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • Commonwealth Fund
Free Keywords
activities of daily living; education; employment; family relationships; health care costs; health status; Hispanic or Latino Americans; Hispanic or Latino origins; hospitalization; income; life satisfaction; living arrangements; older adults; religious behavior; social networks; Social Security
  • Abstract

    This survey, conducted as an extension of the NATIONAL SURVEY OF PROBLEMS FACING ELDERLY AMERICANS LIVING ALONE, 1986 (ICPSR 9379) (NSPFEALA), was designed to investigate specific problems of the elderly in order to gain a better understanding of the economic, health, and social status of this group. The survey focused on many of the same issues investigated by the NSPFEALA to allow comparisons between Hispanic elderly and the elderly population as a whole. Respondents were given their choice of English or Spanish as the interview language. Elderly Hispanics were asked if they had serious problems with family relationships, loneliness, anxiety, care of a sick spouse or relative, paying for medical bills, having enough money to live on, or dependence on others. In the same vein, respondents were asked if they had disabilities that affected their daily activities such as bathing, dressing, walking, eating, and shopping, and who, if anyone, helped them to perform these functions. Respondents were also asked if they were generally satisfied with their lives and if they felt excited, restless, proud, pleased, bored, depressed, optimistic, or upset during the few weeks preceding the interview. In addition, the survey inquired about willingness to accept various changes in Social Security benefits and taxation and also queried respondents about their living arrangements (actual and preferred), social networks, general health, doctor visits and hospital stays during the last 12 months, coverage by and utilization of social programs and services, income and sources of income, fluency in English and Spanish, current and past employment, usual means of transportation, home ownership, ancestry, country of birth, year of immigration, religion, education, number of living children, age, sex, and marital status.
  • 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: Performed consistency checks..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1987 / 1988
    Time period: 1987--1988
  • 1988-08-05 / 1988-10-24
    Collection date: 1988-08-05--1988-10-24
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Persons of Hispanic origin or descent aged 65 years or older residing in households within the United States.
Random-digit dialing. Sampling was restricted to telephone exchanges with 30 percent or more Hispanics. Sample sizes for the four target Hispanic subgroups were: Mexican-Americans -- 937, Puerto-Rican-Americans -- 368, Cuban-Americans -- 714, and other Hispanics -- 280.
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.1997-10-13 SAS data definition statements and a Spanish language questionnaire have been added to the collection, minor changes have been made to the SPSS data definition statements, and the codebook and questionnaires have been converted to PDF files. Funding insitution(s): Commonwealth Fund (10689).
This study is freely available to ICPSR member institutions via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9289 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09289.v1
  • Perez, Carmen G.. Latino Elderly: Service Use and Psychological Well-Being. Dissertation, University of Illinois at Chicago. 1998.
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    • ID: 10.1177/07399863970193006 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1177/019251395016003006 (DOI)
  • Wallace, S.P., Campbell, K., Lew-Ting, C.Y.. Structural barriers to the use of formal in-home services by elderly Latinos. Journal of Gerontology.49, (5), S253-S263.1994.
  • Angel, Jacqueline L., Angel, Ronald J.. Age at migration, social connections, and well-being among elderly Hispanics. Journal of Aging and Health.4, (4), 480-499.1992.
    • ID: 10.1177/089826439200400402 (DOI)
  • Andrews, Jane. Poverty and Poor Health Among Elderly Hispanic Americans. A Report of the Commonwealth Fund Commission on Elderly People Living Alone.Baltimore, MD: The Commission. 1989.

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

Davis, Karen; The Commonwealth Fund Commission on Elderly People Living Alone (1990): National Survey of Hispanic Elderly People, 1988. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.