Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) (ICPSR 142)

Principal Investigator(s): Soldo, Beth J., University of Pennsylvania. Population Studies Center; Wong, Rebecca, University of Maryland. Maryland Population Research Center; Palloni, Alberto, University of Wisconsin. Department of Sociology; Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, Geografia e Informatica (INEGI)


The Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS) is a prospective panel study of health and aging in Mexico. The study is a collaborative effort among researchers from the Universities of Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Wisconsin in the United States, and the Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, Geografia e Informatica (INEGI) in Mexico. The baseline survey includes a nationally representative sample of Mexicans aged 50 and over and their spouse/partners regardless of their age. A direct interview was sought with each individual, and proxy interviews were obtained when poor health or temporary absence precluded a direct interview. Areas covered include: health behavior and health status, childhood and family background, migration history, sources and amounts of income, and housing environment.

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Study Description


This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aging, family life, health behavior, health status, housing, living arrangements, mental health, older adults, quality of life

Geographic Coverage:    Global, Mexico

Data Collection Notes:

These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining the data and documentation

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