Midlife in the United States (MIDUS Refresher): Milwaukee African American Sample, 2012-2013 (ICPSR 36722)

Published: Nov 20, 2017

Principal Investigator(s):
Carol Ryff, University of Wisconsin-Madison; David Almeida, Pennsylvania State University; John Ayanian, University of Michigan; Neil Binkley, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Deborah S. Carr, Rutgers University; Christopher Coe, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Richard Davidson, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Joseph Grzywacz, Florida State University; Arun Karlamangla, University of California-Los Angeles; Robert Krueger, University of Minnesota; Margie Lachman, Brandeis University; Gayle Love, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Marsha Mailick, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Daniel Mroczek, Northwestern University; Barry Radler, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Teresa Seeman, University of California-Los Angeles; Richard Sloan, Columbia University; Duncan Thomas, Duke University; Maxine Weinstein, Georgetown University; David Williams, Harvard University



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In 2012-2013, the MIDUS Milwaukee Refresher study recruited a sample of 508 Milwaukee African American adults, aged 25 to 64, designed to replenish the Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS II): Milwaukee African American Sample, 2005-2006 (ICPSR 22840). This sample was also designed to increase the number of racial minorities included in the broader MIDUS study. The MIDUS Milwaukee Refresher survey employed the same assessments (demographic, psycho-social, and physical and mental health) as those assembled on the existing MIDUS sample, but with additional questions about the effect of the economic recession of 2008-09. A sample of African Americans from Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, was stratified by age, gender, and income.

Area probability sampling methods were used to identify potential respondents. Field interviewers screened households to determine if they contained any African American adults. There was additional screening to achieve an appropriate age/gender distribution in a manner similar to what was done for the original MIDUS sample (MIDLIFE IN THE UNITED STATES (MIDUS), 1995-1996 [ICPSR 2760]). Milwaukee respondents were interviewed in their homes using a 2.5-hour Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) protocol and afterwards asked to complete a self-administered questionnaire (SAQ). All measures paralleled those used in the larger MIDUS samples. In addition to successful completion of the survey, participants were asked to complete a cognitive assessment by phone. Some respondents were eligible to participate in additional MIDUS projects: daily diary assessments, biomarker assessments, and neuroscience assessments.

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (5PO1AG020166)


This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited. To protect respondent privacy, these data are restricted from general dissemination. Users interested in obtaining the data from NACDA must request and complete the Midlife in the United States: Milwaukee African American Sample, 2012-2013, Restricted Data Use Agreement form. Users can download this form from the download page associated with this dataset. Completed forms with original signature(s) should be emailed to icpsr-nacda@umich.edu.

Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research

2012 -- 2013

2012-07-02 -- 2013-05-07

The variable MRID is the linking variable for the Aggregate Dataset and the Coded Text Dataset in this collection.

For more information on the MIDUS Refresher Project, please see the MIDUS web site.

The title of this study was changed from National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS Refresher): Milwaukee African American Sample, 2012-2013, to Midlife in the United States (MIDUS Refresher): Milwaukee African American Sample, 2012-2013, on May 9, 2017.

The sampling design was a stratified area probability sample of households in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. The sampling frame included Census tracts in which at least 40 percent of the population was African American. The Census blocks were stratified by income, with roughly half coming from tracts in which the median household income was $40,000 or greater, and the rest coming from tracts in which the median household income was below $40,000.

Longitudinal: Trend / Repeated Cross-section

Adult African American residents aged 25-64 in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.


survey data

computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI)

face-to-face interview

mail questionnaire

The overall response rate for the in-person interview was 47.7 percent. The overall self-administered questionnaire (SAQ) response rate was 67.2 percent. Additional information is available in Appendix A of the Field Report for MIDUS Milwaukee Refresher Oversample.

Please see the "Documentation of Psychosocial Constructs and Composite Variables" for complete information regarding the scales for the MIDUS Refresher Milwaukee African American Sample data collection.



2017-11-20 This collection is being updated, per request from the PI, to reflect a title change; the corresponding downloadable files are only being updated to reflect the title change, where applicable.

2017-03-20 The data use agreement was added to the collection.


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This study is maintained and distributed by the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging (NACDA), the aging program within ICPSR. NACDA is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Heath (NIH).