Swedish Adoption/Twin Study on Aging (SATSA), 1984, 1987, 1990, and 1993 (ICPSR 3843)
Principal Investigator(s): Pedersen, Nancy L., Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
Summary: The Swedish Adoption/Twin Study on Aging (SATSA) was designed to study the origins of individual differences in aging and the environmental and genetic factors that are involved. SATSA was begun in 1984, and three additional waves were conducted in 1987, 1990, and 1993. The questionnaire was initially sent to all twins from the Swedish Twin Registry who were separated at an early age and raised apart. There was also a control sample of twins who were raised together. They were surveyed on items ... (more info)
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This dataset is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).
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Pedersen, Nancy L. Swedish Adoption/Twin Study on Aging (SATSA), 1984, 1987, 1990, and 1993. ICPSR03843-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2009-03-02. doi:10.3886/ICPSR03843.v1
Persistent URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03843.v1
This survey was funded by:
- John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Research Network on Successful Aging (AG04563, AG10175)
- United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging
Scope of Study
Summary: The Swedish Adoption/Twin Study on Aging (SATSA) was designed to study the origins of individual differences in aging and the environmental and genetic factors that are involved. SATSA was begun in 1984, and three additional waves were conducted in 1987, 1990, and 1993. The questionnaire was initially sent to all twins from the Swedish Twin Registry who were separated at an early age and raised apart. There was also a control sample of twins who were raised together. They were surveyed on items that included health status, how they were raised, work environment, alcohol consumption, and dietary and smoking habits, as well as questions about personality and attitudes. Data were also collected starting with the second component from a subsample that was composed of 150 pairs of twins raised apart and 150 pairs of twins raised together. This subsample participated in four waves of in-person testing, which included a health examination, interviews, and tests on functional capacity, cognitive abilities, and memory.
Subject Terms: adoption, aging, cultural attitudes, cultural traditions, demographic characteristics, demography, families, family relationships, health, older adults, population characteristics, populations, siblings, socioeconomic status, twins
Smallest Geographic Unit: county
Date of Collection:
Universe: All pairs of twins from the Swedish Twin Registry who said that they were separated before the age of 10 and raised apart and twins that were raised together and were matched by gender, date, and county of birth.
Data Types: clinical data, survey data
Data Collection Notes:
Information is provided on the Web site of the Karolinska Institutet at http://www.mep.ki.se/research/projects/pedersen_n/satsa_en.html.
This collection has not been processed by NACDA staff. NACDA is distributing the data and documentation in essentially the same form in which they were received, other than extraction of ASCII data files and the creation of SAS and SPSS data definition statements.
Sample: All surviving persons from twin pairs that were raised apart and the matched sample of twins that were raised together.
personal interviews and in-person testing
Original ICPSR Release: 2005-01-27
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