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The Jackson Heart Study

Country: United States

Study Design: Observational cohort with repeated measurements over time

Participant age range: 

  • Early adulthood or midlife

  • Aging adults

Number of participants at baseline: 5,306 African American adults aged 35-84

Year of initial enrollment: 2000

Number of data collection waves: 3 primary waves; data collection ongoing

Measures of well-being:

  • Optimism

  • Mastery

  • 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: Moderate

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: Lee H, Kubzansky L, Okuzono S, Trudel-Fitzgerald C, James P, Koga H, Kim E, Glover L, Sims M & Grodstein F. (2022). Optimism and risk of mortality among African-Americans: The Jackson heart study. Preventive medicine, 154, 106899.

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