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The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)

Country: England

Study Design: Observational cohort with repeated measurements over time

Participant age range:​ ​Adults aged 50 and over

Number of participants at baseline: ~18,000

Year of initial enrollment: 2002

Number of data collection waves: 9; data collection ongoing

Measures of well-being:

  • Positive psychological well-being (overall / multidimensional)

  • Optimism

  • Positive affect

  • Life satisfaction

  • Social support / integration / cohesion

  • Prosocial behavior or attitudes (e.g., volunteering, helping others)

Quantity of well-being measures (e.g., number of constructs, number of times of well-being was assessed: High

Quality of well-being measures (e.g., were measures reliable and valid in the study population): High

Measures of physical health: 

  • Self-rated / questionnaire-based health

  • Self-report medical history or medication use

  • Measured anthropometrics, e.g., weight

  • Biomarkers

  • Genetics

  • Adjudicated health outcomes

Access information:

This dataset is available to all researchers.

Researchers are required to submit an application to access this data. No fees are required to access this dataset.

Notable Citation: Kim E, Kubzansky L, Soo J, & Boehm J. (2017). Maintaining healthy behavior: a prospective study of psychological well-being and physical activity. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51(3), 337-347.

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