HRS Mailout 1998

HRS Mailout 1998

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MA1 Question First, here are some questions about your health. Would you say your health is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor?
MA2 Question Has a doctor ever told you that you have high blood pressure or hypertension?
MA2a Question Do you still have high blood pressure?
MA2b Question In order to lower your blood pressure, are you now taking any medication?
MA2c Question In order to lower your blood pressure, have you lost weight or followed a special diet since we talked to you in 1998?
MA2d Question Is your blood pressure generally under control?
MA2e Question Compared to when we interviewed you in 1998, is your high blood pressure better, worse, or is it about the same as it was then?
MA3 Question Is your eyesight excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor? (using glasses or corrective lens as usual)
MA4a Question Persistent swelling in your feet or ankles?
MA4b Question Shortness of breath while awake?
MA4c Question Persistent dizziness or lightheadedness?
MA4d Question Back pain or problems?
MA4e Question Persistent headaches?
MA4f Question Severe fatigue or exhaustion?
MA4g Question Persistent wheezing, cough, or bringing up phlegm?
MA5 Question How would you rate your memory at the present time? Would you say it is excellent, very good, good, fair or poor?
MA6a Question I felt depressed much of the time during the past week.
MA6b Question I enjoyed life much of the time during the past week.
MA6c Question I had a lot of energy during the past week
MA7 Question Aside from any hospital stays, how many times have you seen or talked to a medical doctor about your health, including emergency room or clinic visits in the last twelve months?
MA8 Question Were the costs for your doctor visits completely covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or other health insurance, partly covered by insurance, or not covered at all by insurance?
MA9 Question About how much did you pay out-of-pocket for your doctor bills in the last 12 months?
MA10 Question Do you regularly take prescription medications?
MA10a Question Please list the prescription drugs you are currently taking regularly or use as needed for serious conditions.
MA11a Question Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with walking several blocks?
MA11b Question Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with sitting for about two hours?
MA11c Question Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with getting up from a chair after sitting for long periods?
MA11d Question Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with climbing several flights of stairs without resting?
MA11e Question Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with stooping, kneeling, or crouching?
MA11f Question Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with reaching or extending your arms above shoulder level?
MA11g Question Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with pulling or pushing large objects like a living roomchair?
MA11h Question Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with lifting or carrying weights over 10 pounds, like a heavy bag of groceries?
MA11i Question Because of a health problem do you have any difficulty with picking up a dime from a table?.
MA12_1 Question I am not a worrier
MA12_2 Question I would rather keep my options open than plan everything in advance
MA12_3 Question Some people think I'm selfish and egotistical
MA12_4 Question I am easy-going and lackadaisical
MA12_5 Question I often crave excitement
MA12_6 Question Political leaders need to be more aware of the human side of their policies
MA12_7 Question I am easily frightened
MA12_8 Question I keep my belongings neat and clean
MA12_9 Question I try to be courteous to everyone I meet
MA12_10 Question I have a clear set of goals and work toward them in an orderly fashion
MA12_11 Question I wouldn't enjoy vacationing in Las Vegas
MA12_12 Question I'm hard-headed and tough-minded in my attitudes
MA12_13 Question I rarely feel fearful or anxious
MA12_14 Question I am not a very methodical person
MA12_15 Question Some people think of me as cold and calculating...
MA12_16 Question When I start a self-improvement program, I usually let it slide after a few days
MA12_17 Question I have sometimes done things just for "kicks" or "thrill"
MA12_18 Question We can never do too much for the poor and elderly
MA12_19 Question I often feel tense and jittery
MA12_20 Question I like to keep everything in its place so I know just where it is
MA12_21 Question I generally try to be thoughtful and considerate
MA12_22 Question I work hard to accomplish my goals
MA12_23 Question I tend to avoid movies that are shocking or scary...
MA12_24 Question I have no sympathy for panhandlers
MA12_25 Question I'm seldom apprehensive about the future
MA12_26 Question I never seem to be able to get organized
MA12_27 Question I'm not known for my generosity
MA12_28 Question I don't feel like I'm driven to get ahead
MA12_29 Question I like to be where the action is
MA12_30 Question Human need should always take priority over economic considerations
MA12_31 Question I often worry about things that might go wrong
MA12_32 Question I tend to be somewhat fastidious or exacting
MA12_33 Question Most people I know like me
MA12_34 Question I strive to achieve all I can
MA12_35 Question I love the excitement of roller coasters
MA12_36 Question I believe all human beings are worthy of respect...
MA12_37 Question I have fewer fears than most people
MA12_38 Question I'm not compulsive about cleaning
MA12_39 Question I think of myself as a charitable person
MA12_40 Question I strive for excellence in everything I do
MA12_41 Question I'm attracted to bright colors and flashy styles
MA12_42 Question I have sympathy for others less fortunate than me
MA12_43 Question Frightening thoughts sometimes come into my head
MA12_44 Question I spend a lot of time looking for things I've misplaced
MA12_45 Question I go out of my way to help others if I can
MA12_46 Question I'm something of a "workaholic."
MA12_47 Question I like being part of the crowd at sporting events
MA12_48 Question I would rather be known as "merciful" than as "just."
MA13 Question Have you spent any time in the past 12 months doing volunteer work for religious, educational, health-related or other charitable organizations?
MA13a Question Altogether,how many hours did you spend in the past 12 months doing volunteer work for such organizations? If you know the approximate amount, please write it in the space below. Otherwise, please circle one of the categories in the box. HOURS
MA14 Question Now we would like to update our information about how many living children you have and some basic facts about each one of them. How many living children do you have, including both your own and those of your spouse or partner if you are married or living with a partner.
MA14a Question First name of child
MA14c Question Age
MA14d Question Married?
MA14e Question Lives with you?
MA14f Question Lives within 10 miles of you?
MA14g Question Number of children (your grandchildren)
MA14h Question Number of grandchildren (your great-grandchildren)
MA15 Question Have you moved since we last talked to you in 1998?
MA15a Question Where do you now live?
MA16 Question Do you (and your husband, wife, or partner if you are married or living with a partner) own your home, rent it, or what?
MA17 Question What is the present value of your home? That is, about what would it bring if it were sold today?
MA18 Question About how much do you pay?
MA18per Question PER
MA19 Question Is your house or the building you live in a single story, two stories, or more than two stories?
MA20 Question Is all your living space on one floor?
MA21 Question How many rooms are there in your house or apartment, not counting bathrooms, hallways, or unfinished basements? 98. UNCERTAIN, CAN'T SAY
MA22 Question How about the physical condition of the house or the building you live in, would you say it is in excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor condition?
MA23 Question Would you say the safety of your neighborhood is excellent, very good, good, fair or poor?
MA24 Question Are you working now, temporarily laid off, unemployed and looking for work, disabled and unable to work, retired, a homemaker, or what?
MA25 Question Are you still working for the same employer you worked for at the last interview in 1998?
MA25b Question In what month and year did you last work for that employer?
MA26 Question Were there any months since your last interview when you did not work for the same employer?
MA26a Question Which months and years were these?
MA27 Question [Temporarily laid off or on leave] Do you expect to go back to your previous employer?
MA28 Question [Unemployed and looking for work] In what month and year did you become unemployed?
MA28a Question Do you expect to go back to your previous employer?
MA29 Question [You are disabled] Do you expect to go back to your previous employer?
MA30 Question [You are retired or a home maker] In what month and year did you last work?
MA31 Question What do you think are the chances that your income will keep up with inflation for the next five years?
MA32 Question What do you think are the chances that you will move in the next two years?
MA33 Question What are the chances that you (and your husband, wife, or partner, if you are married or living with a partner) will give financial help totaling $5,000 or more to grown children, relatives or friends over the next ten years?
MA34 Question What are the chances that you (and your husband, wife, or partner, if you are married or living with a partner) will receive financial help totaling $5,000 or more from your children, relatives or friends over the next 10 years?
MA35 Question In what month, day, and year were you born?
MA36 Question Do you consider yourself Hispanic or Latino?
MA37 Question Do you consider yourself primarily white or Caucasian, Black or African American, American Indian, or Asian, or something else?
MA38 Question Are you currently married, living with a partner, separated, divorced, widowed, or have you never been married?
MA39 Question Do you currently receive any income from Social Security?
MA40 Question How much was your Social Security check, or the amount deposited directly into an account, last month? (AFTER ANY DEDUCTIONS)
MA41 Question In what month and year did you start to receive Social Security benefits?
MA42 Question Do you expect to receive Social Security benefits at some time in the future?
MA43 Question At what age do you expect to start collecting these benefits?
MA44 Question If you start collecting Social Security benefits then, about how much do you expect the payments to be in today's dollars?
MA44per Question PER:
MA45 Question Do you (or your husband, wife, or partner, if you are married or living with a partner) have any shares of stock or stock mutual funds?
MA46 Question If you sold all those and paid off anything you owed on them, about how much would you have?
MA47 Question Do these stocks or mutual funds pay any dividends or interest?
MA48 Question About how much did you receive from stocks or stock mutual funds in 1998, before taxes and other deductions?
MA53 Question On the whole, did the questions seem clear or unclear?
MA54 Question Were there some specific questions that you enjoyed more than others?
MA55 Question Were there some specific questions that you found more difficult to answer than others?
MA56 Question As part of filling out this questionnaire, did you discuss the topics with any of the following people?
MA57 Question We are interested in knowing what avenues people use to gain access to information. Do you have the ability to use the World Wide Web (or Internet) from home or work?
MA58 Question Please add any comment that you wish in the space below
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