Epidemiology of Depression and Help-Seeking Behavior, 1979-1983, Los Angeles, California (ICPSR 24761)

Published: Mar 15, 2010

Principal Investigator(s):
Carol S. Aneshensel, University of California-Los Angeles; Ralph Frerichs, University of California-Los Angeles


Version V1

This project examined the epidemiological distribution of depression in a large metropolitan area. It employed structural equation models to examine the role of stress and social support systems in the occurrence of the condition. Other analysis focused on the antecedents of help-seeking. Using a multistage cluster sample, a probability sample of 1,003 adults (aged 18 and older), a representative sample of the Los Angeles County population, was interviewed in 1979. Three follow-up interviews were conducted over the next year, with an additional fifth interview in 1983. The study has been divided into five parts identified as: Time1, Time2, Time3, Time4, and Time5. Time1 focuses on demographic information, such as marital status, employment status, education, family relationships, household information, sex, and ethnicity. The other main focus of Time1 was on respondents' general health condition and their health insurance. Time2, Time3, Time4, and Time5 focus on diagnostic aspects of depression, social support, the role of stress, in addition to asking respondents questions regarding their behavior and mood, environmental and employment changes, and major life events.

Aneshensel, Carol S., and Frerichs, Ralph. Epidemiology of Depression and Help-Seeking Behavior, 1979-1983, Los Angeles, California. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-03-15. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR24761.v1

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute of Mental Health (1R01MH032267)

Census tract

1979 -- 1983

1979 -- 1980


A multistage cluster sample of Census tracts, blocks, households, individuals.

Adults over the age of 18 living in the community in Los Angeles County in 1979.

survey data

Out of 1,531 eligible households, 1,003 individuals were interviewed (66 percent), 365 refused (24 percent), and 163 were inaccessible due to various reasons. Of those interviewed at Time1, 674 were reinterviewed at Time5 and 602 participated in all 5 interviews.

Center for Epidemiologic Studies-Depression (CES-D) Scale



2010-03-15 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 variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Created online analysis version with question text.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.

Study contains weights.


  • Data in this collection are available only to users at ICPSR member institutions.

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