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Alameda County [California] Health and Ways of Living Study, 1999 Panel (ICPSR 4432)

Principal Investigator(s): Kaplan, George A., University of Michigan. Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health, and Survey Research Center


This fifth wave of data, collected in 1999, provides follow-up with 2,123 respondents from Alameda County who were originally interviewed in 1965 for the first wave of the Health and Ways of Living Study. The purpose of the survey was to explore the influences of health practices and social relationships on the physical and mental health of a typical sample of the population. Part 2 of this collection contains mortality data including cause and year of death. The first wave of the study, HEALTH AND WAYS OF LIVING STUDY, 1965 PANEL: [ALAMEDA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA] (ICPSR 6688), collected information for 6,928 respondents (including 360 men and 530 women aged 65 years and older) on chronic health conditions, health behaviors, social involvements, and psychological characteristics. The second wave, the 1974 panel, ALAMEDA COUNTY [CALIFORNIA] HEALTH AND WAYS OF LIVING STUDY, 1974 PANEL (ICPSR 6838), collected information from 4,864 of the original respondents. The third and fourth waves, ALAMEDA COUNTY [CALIFORNIA] HEALTH AND WAYS OF LIVING STUDY, 1994 and 1995 PANELS (ICPSR 3083), provided a follow-up of 2,729 original 1965 and 1974 respondents. The fourth wave is a follow-up to the 1994 panel and contains 2,569 cases.

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.


DS1:  Wave 5, 1999 Data - Download All Files (26.264 MB)
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DS2:  Mortality Data - Download All Files (0.752 MB)
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Study Description


Kaplan, George A. Alameda County [California] Health and Ways of Living Study, 1999 Panel. ICPSR04432-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2006-11-16.

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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 (5 R37 AG11375-03)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    activities of daily living, alcohol, chronic illnesses, community involvement, health behavior, health care services, independent living, living arrangements, mental health, older adults, physical condition, smoking, social behavior, social life, social networks, tobacco use

Geographic Coverage:    California, United States

Time Period:   

  • 1999

Date of Collection:   

  • 1999

Universe:    Households in Alameda County, California.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    The first wave (1965) of this panel study used a stratified random sample of Alameda County households with noninstitutionalized residents aged 21 or older, or aged 16-21 and older if married.

Mode of Data Collection:    self-enumerated questionnaire

Extent of Processing:   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 online analysis version with question text.

Restrictions: 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.


Original ICPSR Release:   2006-11-16

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