National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP)

The National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP) is a longitudinal, population-based study of health and social factors and is conducted by NORC and Principal Investigators at the University of Chicago.

The aim of the project is to understand the well-being of older, community-dwelling Americans by examining the interactions among physical health and illness, medication use, cognitive function, emotional health, sensory function, health behaviors, social connectedness, sexuality, and relationship quality.

For all waves, data collection includes three measurements: in-home interviews, biomeasures, and leave-behind respondent-administered questionnaires. The face-to-face interviews and biomeasure collection take place in respondents' homes. More than 3,000 respondents were interviewed for the first wave during 2005 and 2006 with a nationally representative sample of adults aged 57 to 85.

NSHAP is available as restricted and public use.

Users interested in obtaining the NSHAP restricted data files must be a faculty level PI, a Research Scientist or have a similar full time appointment at a University, College or Research Center. Graduate students interested in using NSHAP for thesis development or research purposes must obtain the signature of their faculty advisor as the responsible Party User. The application for the restricted data must also include a data protection plan and IRB approval.

The NSHAP public data does not include the following information:
  • any direct identifiers, including date of birth and partner/marital history
  • actual date and location of interview (month and year are included), language of interview, and third party presence
  • references to geographic location
  • open-ended responses
  • interviewer's physical description of the respondent
  • HPV results
  • HIV status and medications used to treat HIV