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Health and Life Study of Koreans, United States, 2016-2018

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Lee, Sunghee
Other Title
  • HLSK (Alternative Title)
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Publication Place
Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Funding Reference
  • National Science Foundation. Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
Free Keywords
Schema: ICPSR
Asian Americans; community health; community organizations; disabilities; health behavior; immigrants; Korean Americans; life satisfaction; mental health; optimism; smoking
  • Abstract

    The Health and Life Study of Koreans (HLSK) was conducted as a part of the study, "Empirical Assessment of Respondent Driven Sampling from Total Survey Error Perspectives" supported by the National Science Foundation. The larger study aimed to examine the operational and inferential properties of respondent driven sampling (RDS). HLSK applied RDS using a web survey, to examine the health of foreign-born Korean-American adults living in Los Angeles County or the State of Michigan. It should be noted that the literature on analysis of RDS data is not fully established, and there is less than clear empirical evidence illustrating the fit of using RDS for population-level inferences. Hence, data users are advised to exercise extreme caution in making population-level inferences. This study uses existing questions from established surveys such as the American Community Survey (ACS), Kessler survey of psychological distress, and the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). The Main Survey covers topics like socio-demographics, physical and mental health, healthcare utilization, religiosity, political engagement, psychosocial traits, and racial/ethnic identity. The Follow-up Survey and Restricted Data focuses on RDS sampling questions and allows users to examine the relationships between recruiters and their recruits. Additionally, the Follow-up Survey and Restricted Data includes variables that contain sensitive information such as multi-racial identity, citizenship status, and physical health characteristics.
  • Abstract

    This study's purpose was to improve how data is collected on hard to research communities by fielding a survey on Korean Americans' wellbeing.
  • Methods

    This study used respondent driven sampling which starts with a number of eligible participants called seeds. This survey started with 15 seeds in LA and 5 seeds in Michigan. Once the seeds completed the survey, they were asked to recruit other eligible participants. The individuals recruited by the seeds were then asked to recruit their peers, and this chain referral process continued until the data collection period ended.
  • 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: Created online analysis version with question text.; Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes..
  • Abstract


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Main Survey
    • DS2: Follow-up Survey and Restricted Data
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 2016--2018
  • 2016 / 2018
  • Collection date: 2016-06-06--2018-03-19
  • 2016-06-06 / 2018-03-19
Geographic Coverage
  • California
  • Los Angeles County
  • Michigan
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Adults who are non-US born Koreans who live in the State of Michigan or Los Angeles County and fluently speak Korean or English.
Respondent driven sampling
Collection Mode
  • web-based survey
Funding institution(s): National Science Foundation. Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SES-1461470).
One or more files in this study are not available for download due to special restrictions; consult the study documentation to learn more on how to obtain the data.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 37635 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)

Update Metadata: 2020-09-10 | Issue Number: 2 | Registration Date: 2020-09-10

Lee, Sunghee (2020): Health and Life Study of Koreans, United States, 2016-2018. Version 1. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.