Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, 1957-2007 (ICPSR 6163)
The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) is a long-term study of a random sample of 10,317 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957. The WLS provides an opportunity to study the life course, intergenerational transfers and relationships, family functioning, physical and mental health and well-being, and morbidity and mortality from late adolescence through middle age. WLS data also cover social background, youthful aspirations, schooling, military service labor market experiences, family characteristics and events, social participation, psychological characteristics, and retirement.
Survey data were collected from the original respondents or their parents in 1957, 1964, 1975, 1992, and 2004, from a selected sibling in 1977, 1994, and 2005, from the spouse of the original respondent in 2004, from the spouse of the selected sibling in 2006, from widow(er)s of the graduates and siblings in 2006, and preliminary sibling spouse data released in October 2007. WLS provides a complete description on their Web site.
These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly (via WLS Homepage) for details on obtaining these resources.
Scope of Study
ICPSR provides a description of this dataset and URL informationn to direct interested persons to the WLS Website. Distribution of the WLS is handled through the Data and Information Services, University of Wisconsin Users are strongly encouraged to join the WLS mailing list, in order to find out about new releases of the data, errors or problems found, and other tips about working with the WLS data. Please join the WLS list serv by sending an email to WLS firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of "Subscribe", and visit this site frequently to ensure you are aware of any updates. An extensive collection of related publications is provided by the principal investigator at the WLS Website.
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