National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging

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Religion, Aging, and Health Survey, 2001, 2004 [United States] (ICPSR 3255)

Principal Investigator(s): Krause, Neal, University of Michigan. School of Public Health. Department of Health Behavior and Health Education


This data collection looks at religion, self-rated health, depression, and psychological well-being in a sample of older Blacks and older Whites (aged 65 and over) within the United States. Questions were asked regarding religious status, activities, and beliefs among those who currently practice the Christian faith, those who used to be Christian but are not now, and those who have never been associated with any religion during their lifetimes. Demographic variables include age, race, sex, education, and income. Wave II was collected in 2004 and reinterviewed 1,024 respondents. There were 75 respondents who refused to participate, 112 who could not be located, 70 that were too ill for participation, 11 who had moved to nursing homes and 208 were deceased.

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


Krause, Neal. Religion, Aging, and Health Survey, 2001, 2004 [United States]. ICPSR03255-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-04-17.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (R01 AG 014749)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    Christianity, church membership, depression (psychology), health attitudes, health problems, older adults, prayer, psychological wellbeing, religion, religious behavior, religious beliefs, religious denominations, worship

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 2001
  • 2004

Date of Collection:   

  • 2001
  • 2004

Universe:    All Black or White, English-speaking household (noninstitutionalized) residents aged 66 and over in the United States in 2001.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Wave I and Wave II may be merged together on the variable ID.


Sample:    Random probability sample.

Weight:    The variable "weight" should be used with Wave I data. Wave II contains the variable "postwtw2" which should be used when both races are combined and the variable "genwtw2" which is to be used when looking within either race.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-09-22

Version History:

  • 2006-04-17 Wave II has been added and the data have been reformatted.

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