Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) Series

The Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) Series is a data collection stemming from the work of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development (MIDMAC). MIDMAC is an interdisciplinary research group consisting of numerous scholars from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. It was established in 1989 to study a little known period in the lifespan -- middle age. Midlife, the years between 30 and 70, is perhaps the least studied and most ill-defined of any period of life. It abounds with changing images and myths, such as the "midlife crisis," the "change of life," the "empty nest syndrome," and many more. However, there has been little documentation about what really happens, biologically and psychologically, during this extended period of time. The primary objective of MIDMAC is to identify the major biomedical, psychological, and social factors that permit some people to achieve good health, psychological well-being, and social responsibility during their adult years. To do this, MIDMAC collected a series of data to establish an empirical basis for documenting what really happens in the middle years and to identify the factors that determine the course of midlife development. The first wave of data collection (MIDUS I) began in 1995 with a National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States. The main data collection consisted of a general population survey, as well as surveys of siblings of the general population respondents, and a twin pairs sample. The main data collection also included an oversample of five metropolitan areas. In addition to the main national survey, random subsamples of respondents were recruited to participate in in-depth investigations of selected topics, such as management strategies for coping with stressful experiences, a national study of daily experiences, and a study of psychological experiences. In 2002 the University of Wisconsin Institute on Aging was awarded a grant from the National Institute on Aging to continue the MIDUS series. The MIDUS II project was designed to collect a second wave of data on the same respondents approximately 10 years later.

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2017
Barrett, Anne,  Barbee, Harry . Variation in subjective aging by sexual minority status: An examination of four perspectives. International Journal of Aging and Human Development. 85, (1),
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2017
Elliot, Ari J.,  Heffner, Kathi L.,  Mooney, Christopher J.,  Moynihan, Jan A.,  Chapman, Benjamin P. Social relationships and inflammatory markers in the MIDUS cohort. Journal of Aging and Health.
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2017
Shah, Krupa N.,  Lin, Feng V.,  Yu, Fang,  McMahon, James M. Activity engagement and physical function in old age sample. Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics. 69, 55-60.
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2017
White, Kaitlin Hanley,  Rumble, Meredith E.,  Benca, Ruth M. Sex differences in the relationship between depressive symptoms and actigraphic assessments of sleep and rest-activity rhythms in a population-based sample. Psychosomatic Medicine. 79, (4), 479-484.
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Woodley of Menie, Michael A.,  Cabeza de Baca, Tomás,  Fernandes, Heitor B. F.,  Madison, Guy,  Figueredo, Aurelio-José,  Peñaherrera Aguirre, Mateo . Slow and steady wins the race: K positively predicts fertility in the USA and Sweden. Evolutionary Psychological Science. 3, (2), 109-117.
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Yamada, Yosuke,  Buehring, Bjoern,  Krueger, Diane,  Anderson, Rozalyn M.,  Schoeller, Dale A.,  Binkley, Neil . Electrical properties assessed by bioelectrical impedance spectroscopy as biomarkers of age-related loss of skeletal muscle quantity and quality. Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. 72, (9), 1180-1186.
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2017
Yamaguchi, Ayano,  Kim, Min-Sun,  Oshio, Atsushi,  Akutsu, Satoshi . The role of anger regulation on perceived stress status and physical health. Personality and Individual Differences. 116, 240-245.
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2016
Akutsu, Satoshi,  Yamaguchi, Ayano,  Kim, Min-Sun,  Oshio, Atsushi . Self-construals, anger regulation, and life satisfaction in the United States and Japan. Frontiers in Psychology. 7, 768
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Andersson, Matthew A.,  Glanville, Jennifer L. The contingent effects of mental well-being and education on volunteering. Society and Mental Health.
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2016
Bakhshaie, J.,  Zvolensky, M.J.,  Goodwin, R. Cigarette smoking and the onset and persistence of panic attacks during mid-adulthood in the United States: 1994- 2005. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 77, (1), e21-e24.
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