Health and Ways of Living Study, 1965 Panel: [Alameda County, California] (ICPSR 6688)

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Lester Breslow, California Department of Health Services. Human Population Laboratory; George A. Kaplan, California Department of Health Services. Human Population Laboratory

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The purpose of this survey was to explore the influence of health practices and social relationships on the physical and mental health of a typical sample of the population in Alameda County, California. The information obtained for the 6,928 respondents (including approximately 500 women aged 65 years and older) covers chronic health conditions, health behaviors, social involvements, and psychological characteristics. Questions were asked about marital and life satisfaction, parenting, physical activities, employment, and childhood experiences. Demographic variables include data on respondetns' age, race, height, weight, education, income, and religion.

Breslow, Lester, and Kaplan, George A. Health and Ways of Living Study, 1965 Panel:  [Alameda County, California]. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-12-04.

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United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Public Health Service (CH 00076)


ICPSR obtained these data from the Human Population Laboratory under the agreement that the data are for the sole use of ICPSR and may not be sold or provided to third parties outside the ICPSR membership, and that these data are not to be used for any commercial purpose. Users are reminded that, per ICPSR Bylaws, data and other materials provided by ICPSR are to be used solely for statistical analysis and reporting of aggregated information, and not for investigation of specific individuals or organizations. Each member institution gives assurance that such uses of statistical data will conform to widely accepted standards of practice and legal restrictions intended to protect the confidentiality of research subjects.

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  1. See the codebook for an extensive listing of publications related to this study as provided by the Human Population Laboratory at the California Department of Health Services.


Stratified random sample of Alameda County households with noninstitutionalized residents aged 21 and older, or aged 16-21 if married.


Households in Alameda County, California.


self-enumerated questionnaires

6,928 individuals from a sample of 8,074 responded to the mailed questionnaire.



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • Breslow, Lester, and George A. Kaplan. Health and Ways of Living Study, 1965 Panel: [Alameda County, California]. ICPSR06688-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2013-12-04.

2013-12-04 SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files, as well as SPSS and Stata system files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, an R data frame, and a tab-delimited data file have been added to the collection. The codebook has been updated.

1996-04-12 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 variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.