Daily Experiences and Well-being in Late Life, Austin, Texas, 2016-2017 (ICPSR 38570)
Version Date: Nov 28, 2022 View help for published
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Karen L. Fingerman, University of Texas-Austin; Susan T. Charles, University of California-Irvine; Kira S. Birditt, University of Michigan. Institute for Social Research. Survey Research Center
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The Daily Experiences and Well-Being Study (DEWS) was conducted in 2017 by the University of Michigan Survey Research Center. Adults aged 65 and older were recruited from the greater Austin Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area. To be eligible for the study, respondents had to be aged 65 or older, community dwelling, cognitively capable of completing the study, and not working full time. Surveys and interviews were conducted in Spanish or English. After an initial phone screening, a local interviewer contacted the respondent to conduct an in-person interview that lasted approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.
They then engaged in a 5-6 day intensive data collection, involving ambulatory assessments. The study provided handheld Android devices (i.e. smart phones) for the additional data collection, as well as training in the use of these devices to complete surveys.
The devices gathered self-reports of social interactions, activities and mood every 3 hours via ecological momentary assessments, EMA), recorded conversations 30 seconds out of every 7 minutes, (via electronically activated recordings, EAR), and physical activity every minute measured via actigraphs (Actical). At the end of the intensive data collection, the interviewer returned to the respondent's house to pick up the devices as well as a self-administered Leave-Behind Questionnaire (LBQ). A total of 333 respondents completed the baseline interview, 326 (97.9%) of whom completed device collection.
This collection includes an in-person interview (baseline/global), additional device collection (EMA, EAR, Actical), and Leave Behind Questionnaire. These data provide information on how social partners contribute to emotional, physical and cognitive experiences and to daily and global well-being. Demographic information includes age, race, ethnicity, gender, marital status, living arrangement, and education level.
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Study Purpose View help for Study Purpose
The purpose of this study was to provide information on how social partners contribute to emotional, physical and cognitive experiences, and to daily and global well-being of those aged 65 and older in Austin, Texas.
Sample View help for Sample
The primary eligibility criteria for this study were based on age--eligibility and was limited to adults aged 65 and older. Participants were recruited via listed landline samples with matching addresses because sampling for older adults in 2016 benefited from the use of landlines. Telephone screening was completed by the Survey Research Operations Survey Services Laboratory. High-density minority neighborhoods and lower SES neighborhoods were oversampled to generate a sample that was 15% African American and 15% Hispanic/Latinx.
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Adults aged 65 years and older living the greater Austin, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area, who were residing at home and not working full time.
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Description of Variables View help for Description of Variables
The main variables in this study contain information on participant's physical and mental health and relationships. Additionally, the electronically activated recorders that were used in this study produced variables that contain data on participant's daily speech and environmental sounds. Lastly, information was collected using physical activity monitors, which provided estimates on participant's physical activity and sedentary behaviors.
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A total of 66% of the sample responded to the interview request.Hide
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.