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The Southampton Ageing Project is a longitudinal and multidisciplinary study of ageing that began in 1977. The study has been carried out in two distinct phases. The first phase was a three year study, from 1977-1980, and was concerned with the investigation of the health and well-being of a sample of people, over the age of 65 years. The second phase of the study involved the follow-up of survivors in 1988, 1990, 1993, 1995 and 1998 with a particular focus on self-esteem and identity.

Main Topics/Subject Category
Medical, social and psychometric variables at various time points were collected, including depression scales, self-esteem scales, life satisfaction questions, clinical and self-reported health measurements and psychometric items such as the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale items e.g. vocabulary and comprehension tests. Standard measures included: Wakefield Self-Assessment Depression Inventory; Montgomery-Aspberg Depression Rating Scale; WAIS items - verbal and comprehension and digit span tests; Raven's Progressive Matrices.
Southampton, advice, age, anthropometric data, anxiety, apartments, attitudes, bathrooms, bedrooms, book readership, building maintenance, buses, cardiovascular system, care of the elderly, cars, causes of death, central heating, children, cleaning, clinical tests and measurements, clubs, cooking, coughing, crying, cultural participation, death, decision making, decorative plants, depression, diabetes, digestive system, distance measurement, divorced, elderly, electric heating, emotional states, endocrine disorders, examinations, eyesight tests, family life, family members, fatigue (physiology), fear, financial resources, food preparation, frequency, friends, further education, gardening, gas-fired heating, gender, general practitioners, grandchildren, handicrafts, happiness, hazards, accidents and disasters, health, health consultations, hearing, hearing impairments, heart diseases, heating systems, height (physiology), hobbies, holidays, home help, home ownership, home sharing, hospital services, household pets, households, houses, housework, housing, housing design, housing facilities, housing for the elderly, housing tenure, identity, ill health, income, indoor games, interpersonal relations, large shops, lavatories, leisure time activities, life styles, listening to the radio, marital status
Identifier Variables
Economic/Subject Categories
Area of Health System
Social care
Data collecting organization (s)
University of Southampton. Department of Geriatric Medicine
Data Type
Survey (cross-sectional)
Coverage (date of field work)
1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Unit of Analysis

Men and women over the age of 65 years from two large General Practices within the Southampton City area from 1977 to 1998. 1112 individuals

ESDS Access and Preservation, UK Data Archive
Conditions of Access
Free registration access