University of Wisconsin–Madison sociology professor Michal Engelman led the study, published Oct. 15 in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B, along with sociology graduate student Won-tak Joo, sociology Professor Jason Fletcher and political science Professor Barry Burden.
The study uses data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, which Engelman directs. The WLS has followed more than 10,000 Wisconsin high school graduates since 1957, surveying them about once a decade. In addition to the original participants, the survey has interviewed their siblings and spouses and includes detailed data on wealth, physical and mental health, and a range of social activities.
UWSC is launching an effort to collect follow-up human microbiome samples and a self-administered questionnaire from a subset of Graduate and Sibling participants and their spouses or partners for the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS).
The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) is very pleased to announce that a new round of interviews with Graduates and their selected Sibling will begin in July 2019 and continue until approximately 2024. As in past years, the University of Wisconsin Survey Center (UWSC) will be contacting participants for interviews.
In 2018, UWSC will conduct a national in-person field effort to locate and interview MIDUS respondents who participated in early rounds of the study but later attrited.
UWSC conducted a series of focus groups, then launched a pilot effort to collect human microbiome samples, drinking water samples and tests, and a self-administered questionnaire from a subset of Graduate and Sibling participants and their spouses or partners for the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS).
The WLS is a unique, large-scale longitudinal study of adults and their families that covers more than half a century of life. It is a valuable resource for research on aging, life course, inter-generational transfers, relationships, family functioning, long term effects of education and cognitive ability, occupational careers, physical and mental well-being, and morbidity and mortality.
The Puerto Rican Elderly Health Condition Project (PREHCO) investigates the characteristics of older adults (aged 60+) in Puerto Rico through an island-wide, cross-sectional sample survey of target individuals and their surviving spouses.
This project is a national, random digit-dialed telephone survey of 2,800 community-living U.S. adults between the ages of 35 and 89 to collect information on health-related quality of life.
This survey is conducted by the WI Department of Health and Family Services every ten years to determine the health care needs of the state’s older population, and to determine how best to help this population meet those needs.