Midlife in the United States: Refresher Sample Mortality Data, 2018 (ICPSR 38024)

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Carol D. Ryff, University of Wisconsin-Madison; David M. Almeida, Pennsylvania State University; John Z. Ayanian, University of Michigan; Neil Binkley, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Deborah S. Carr, Boston University; Christopher Coe, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Richard J. Davidson, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Joseph G. Grzywacz, Florida State University; Arun Karlamangla, University of California-Los Angeles; Robert F. Krueger, University of Minnesota; Margie E. Lachman, Brandeis University; Gayle D. Love, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Marsha Mailick Seltzer, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Daniel K. Mroczek, Northwestern University; Barry Radler, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Teresa E. Seeman, University of California-Los Angeles; Richard P. Sloan, Columbia University; Maxine Weinstein, Georgetown University; David R. Williams, Harvard School of Public Health



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MIDUS Refresher Mortality

In 2011-2014, the MIDUS recruited a national probability sample of 3,577 adults, aged 25 to 74, designed to replenish the original MIDUS 1 (M1) baseline cohort and paralleling the five decadal age groups of the M1 baseline survey [ICPSR 2760]. The MIDUS Refresher (MR1) survey included the same comprehensive assessments as those assembled on the original MIDUS Core sample (obtained via interview and self-administered questionnaire), but with additional questions about the effect of the economic recession of 2008-09.

In 2012-2013, the National MIDUS Refresher sample was augmented with a sample of 508 Milwaukee African American adults, aged 25 to 64. This sample was designed to increase the number of racial minorities included in the MIDUS study. The MIDUS Milwaukee Refresher survey also included the same assessments as those in the Milwaukee Core sample [ICPSR 22840] and employed a personal interview.

This dataset includes all known decedents from the National [ICPSR 36532] and Milwaukee [ICPSR 36722] Refresher samples, and is current for NDI records through December, 2018.

Ryff, Carol D., Almeida, David M., Ayanian, John Z., Binkley, Neil, Carr, Deborah S., Coe, Christopher, … Williams, David R. Midlife in the United States: Refresher Sample Mortality Data, 2018. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2021-09-14. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR38024.v1

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United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Aging (U19AG051426)


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2012-01-01 -- 2018-12-31
  1. The variable MRID is the linking variable in this collection. The data in this collection can be linked to all MIDUS Refresher data sets using the variable MRID.

  2. Additional information about the Midlife Development in the United States study can be found at the MIDUS Website.

The purpose of this study was to determine the underlying cause of death for Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) and Milwaukee decedents.

167 prior participants in the MIDUS series with confirmed decedent status.


The dataset contains 7 variables that provide information about decedents from the National and Milwaukee MIDUS Refresher samples. The variables include respondent sex, decedent status, year of death, underlying cause of death, and two administrative variables that can be used to link the data to other MIDUS Refresher datasets.



  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.