Health and Retirement Survey 2014: Module 9 - Culture and Arts (ICPSR 36647)

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Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan

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The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) has been a leading source for information on the health and economic well-being of adults over age 50 in the United States for over 20 years. As the world changes, the HRS follows the impact of these changes on the older population.

In 2014, HRS conducted an experimental module on culture and arts to supplement its survey. This module, Module 9, asks respondents about the types of arts activities they participate in. The survey data includes information about whether in the past year, the respondent went to cultural events such as to a movie, an art museum, gallery, crafts fair, or live performance. There are follow-up variables on the frequency respondents attended these events and with whom they attend. The module also includes data on reading habits. Additionally, respondents were asked if they did the following activities:

  • Paint, sculpt, make pottery, or do ceramics
  • Sing or play a musical instrument
  • Act in theatre or film
  • Dance, including social dancing
  • Write stories, poetry, or plays
  • Weave, crochet, quilt, do needlepoint, knitting, sewing, or make jewelry
  • Do leatherwork, metalwork, or woodwork
  • Do photography, graphic design, or filmmaking?

The last portion of the module includes data on respondents' appreciation of the arts.

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

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Here is the questionnaire for Module 9: Culture and the Arts.

The Module data for 2014 are contained in file H14V_R.


adults over age 50 in the United States

survey data
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