World Health Organization Collaborative Study on Social and Health Aspects of Aging in Fiji, Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines, 1983-1985 (ICPSR 6057)

Published: Nov 4, 2005

Principal Investigator(s):
Gary R. Andrews

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These data were gathered to provide information on the elderly in Fiji, Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Questions were asked regarding demographic characteristics (age, race, sex, marital status, religion, household, number of children and siblings, education), economic resources (employment status of respondent and of respondent's spouse, main income source, other income sources, whether house was owned), health (current health status, accidents and/or injuries affecting daily activities, number of times respondent saw a health professional in the previous month, number of days in hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center in the previous month, medications currently used, usage of any devices to assist in getting around), activities of daily living, living habits (smoking or drinking), social activities (club membership, whether respondent had a confidant), housing (satisfaction with current living conditions, accessibility to quarters, safety), and mental state of the respondent.

Andrews, Gary R. World Health Organization Collaborative Study on Social and Health Aspects of Aging in Fiji, Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines, 1983-1985. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2005-11-04.

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1983 -- 1985

1983 -- 1985

The principal investigator recommends that users consult the publication AGING IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC (see related publication) before undertaking any analyses.

Fiji: Random sampling within districts and provinces. In households that contained more than one person over 60, all were interviewed. Korea: Random sampling. Malaysia: Purposive sampling of five subregions. The Philippines: Three-stage stratified cluster sample.

Noninstitutionalized persons 60 years and older in Fiji, Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

personal interviews

survey data



2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.

1998-06-25 The card image data have been replaced with logical record length data and corresponding SAS data definition statements. Also, the SPSS data definition statements were replaced, and the codebook and questionnaire are now available as a PDF file.


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

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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).