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Health and Relationships Project, United States, 2014-2015

Version
v0
Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
Creator
  • Umberson, Debra
Other Title
  • HARP (Alternative Title)
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
2019-09-17
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Publisher
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
Language
English
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
health; marriage; mental health; same-sex marriage; stress
Description
  • Abstract

    The Health and Relationship Project is a study of both spouses in same-sex and different-sex marriages who were legally married and aged 35 to 65 at the time of data collection (2015). There are two parts of this study: a baseline questionnaire and a daily diary questionnaire completed for 10 consecutive days; both components were completed online and spouses were asked to complete the surveys separately. The baseline questionnaire asks participants about a number of topics related to marriage and health, including stress, health status and health behaviors, relationship quality, and how they have approached health problems in the past. The diary questionnaire asks participants a number of questions about the past 24 hours, including daily stress experiences, social interactions, and health behaviors.
  • Abstract

    The Health and Relationships Project aims to bring research on long-term marriage and health to a new level by looking at how individuals in different kinds of long-term relationships navigate the many different situations and contexts that contribute to their health. The goals of the study include influencing health policy and public health care through the development of policies and programs that result in more effective partner participation in health care and more efficient use of health care systems, and better training for doctors and other health care professionals on how to help spouses and partners support each other through illness or injury.
  • Methods

    Couples would each fill out the initial online survey separately. Second, couples would separately fill out a series of short daily surveys each evening for 10 days. All participants were legally married and had been living together for a minimum of three years at the time of the study. Couples were required to complete at least 6 of the 10 diary questionnaires to be included in the diary data, and 90% of participants completed all 10 days. The researchers asked spouses to complete all questionnaires separately.
  • Abstract

    Datasets:

    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Baseline Data
    • DS2: Diary Merged With Baseline Data
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2014-10--2015-09
  • 2014-10 / 2015-09
  • Collection date: 2014-10--2015-09
  • 2014-10 / 2015-09
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Couples in same-sex and different-sex marriages who were legally married and aged 35 to 65 at the time of data collection. Smallest Geographic Unit: country
Sampling
Same-sex couples who married between 2004 and 2012 and were between the ages of 35 and 65 were identified through the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and invited to participate through letters mailed to their address. About 70% of same-sex couples were recruited in this way. Because of restrictions at the Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records, different-sex couples were recruited using publicly available demographic city lists in Massachusetts. Cities were selected to match city locations of participating same-sex spouses. We used these lists to identify households with two adults between age 35 and 65, and invitations were sent to the addresses. About 40% of different-sex couples were recruited in this way. Participating same-sex and different-sex couples were then asked to refer couples who met the study requirements. The remaining couples (30% of same-sex and 60% of different-sex couples) were recruited through referrals.
Collection Mode
  • web-based survey
Note
Funding institution(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (R21AG044585).
Availability
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Alternative Identifiers
  • 37404 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR37404.v1

Update Metadata: 2019-09-17 | Issue Number: 1 | Registration Date: 2019-09-17

Umberson, Debra (2019): Health and Relationships Project, United States, 2014-2015. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR37404