Informal and Formal Supports in Aging in Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties, New York, 1989 (ICPSR 6899)

Published: Jan 16, 1998

Principal Investigator(s):
John R. Logan; Glenna D. Spitze

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These data explore the family relationships and social support networks of middle-aged and older persons. Information on respondents' relationships with individual family members is supplied, along with measures of many kinds of routine help given and received, and summary measures of the amount of time that others spent helping the respondent and that the respondent spent helping others. Variables cover respondent's employment status and history, employment status and history of respondent's spouse, respondent's income, number and sex of children, family composition (biological parents, step-parents, in-laws), household chores performed (cooking, cleaning, washing, shopping, driving), and assistance received with chores. Additional items relate to whether respondents helped anyone else with daily activities, and whether they were involved in church, civic, and/or other activities. Demographic information about respondents and their spouses (age, sex, education, ethnicity) is also provided.

Logan, John R., and Spitze, Glenna D. Informal and Formal Supports in Aging in Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady Counties, New York, 1989. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1998-01-16.

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (AG06831-01)

1988-09 -- 1989-02

1988-09 -- 1989-02

Produced by Policy Research Associates, Delmar, NY, 1989.

Two-stage cluster sample comprised of a random sample of 120 block groups followed by a random sample of households within these block groups. Within households, a randomly selected adult aged 40 or over was interviewed.

Noninstitutionalized persons aged 40 and older living in three New York counties: Albany, Rensselaer, and Schenectady.

personal interviews

survey data



1998-01-16 The codebook and data collection instrument are now available as a PDF file.


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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).