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National Survey of Hispanic Elderly People, 1988 (ICPSR 9289)

Principal Investigator(s): Davis, Karen; The Commonwealth Fund Commission on Elderly People Living Alone


This survey, conducted as an extension of the NATIONAL SURVEY OF PROBLEMS FACING ELDERLY AMERICANS LIVING ALONE, 1986 (ICPSR 9379) (NSPFEALA), was designed to investigate specific problems of the elderly in order to gain a better understanding of the economic, health, and social status of this group. The survey focused on many of the same issues investigated by the NSPFEALA to allow comparisons between Hispanic elderly and the elderly population as a whole. Respondents were given their choice of English or Spanish as the interview language. Elderly Hispanics were asked if they had serious problems with family relationships, loneliness, anxiety, care of a sick spouse or relative, paying for medical bills, having enough money to live on, or dependence on others. In the same vein, respondents were asked if they had disabilities that affected their daily activities such as bathing, dressing, walking, eating, and shopping, and who, if anyone, helped them to perform these functions. Respondents were also asked if they were generally satisfied with their lives and if they felt excited, restless, proud, pleased, bored, depressed, optimistic, or upset during the few weeks preceding the interview. In addition, the survey inquired about willingness to accept various changes in Social Security benefits and taxation and also queried respondents about their living arrangements (actual and preferred), social networks, general health, doctor visits and hospital stays during the last 12 months, coverage by and utilization of social programs and services, income and sources of income, fluency in English and Spanish, current and past employment, usual means of transportation, home ownership, ancestry, country of birth, year of immigration, religion, education, number of living children, age, sex, and marital status.

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Study Description


Davis, Karen, and The Commonwealth Fund Commission on Elderly People Living Alone. National Survey of Hispanic Elderly People, 1988. ICPSR09289-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09289.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09289.v2

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This study was funded by:

  • Commonwealth Fund (10689)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    activities of daily living, education, employment, family relationships, health care costs, health status, Hispanic or Latino Americans, Hispanic or Latino origins, hospitalization, income, life satisfaction, living arrangements, older adults, religious behavior, social networks, Social Security

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1987--1988

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988-08-05--1988-10-24

Universe:    Persons of Hispanic origin or descent aged 65 years or older residing in households within the United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Random-digit dialing. Sampling was restricted to telephone exchanges with 30 percent or more Hispanics. Sample sizes for the four target Hispanic subgroups were: Mexican-Americans -- 937, Puerto-Rican-Americans -- 368, Cuban-Americans -- 714, and other Hispanics -- 280.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

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:

  • Performed consistency checks.


Original ICPSR Release:   1990-03-02

Version History:

  • 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.
  • 1997-10-13 SAS data definition statements and a Spanish language questionnaire have been added to the collection, minor changes have been made to the SPSS data definition statements, and the codebook and questionnaires have been converted to PDF files.

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