Learn more about the WLS at the Gerontological Society of America's Annual Meeting in New OrleansWednesday November 20th 2:30 - 4:00 pm Nottoway (Sheraton)
WLS Workshop: A Primer on the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study: Over 50 Years of Social Data Combined with Genetic Data
Thursday November 21st 3:30 - 5:00 pm Rhythm II (Sheraton)
Early Life/Childhood Experiences and the Implications for Late Life Health and Mortality This set of papers uses a single data source, the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, to examine how early life experiences, ranging from childhood abuse to broader family life experiences, shape late life health and mortality. These papers draw on the unique elements of the WLS, which covers over 50 years of the participants' lives, including sibling and spouse data and high quality prospective measures, to examine these relationships. As a whole, these papers demonstrate the critical importance of early life in understanding a range of health outcomes among older adults.
We will also have a booth in the exhibit hall where you can pick up a copy of our latest data and documentation on a USB drive.
If you have a WLS question that you want to ask in person at GSA please email email@example.com to schedule a brief meeting.
The Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) is a long-term study of a random sample of 10,317 men and women who graduated from Wisconsin high schools in 1957. The WLS provides an opportunity to study the life course, intergenerational transfers and relationships, family functioning, physical and mental health and well-being, and morbidity and mortality from late adolescence through 2008. WLS data also cover social background, youthful aspirations, schooling, military service, labor market experiences, family characteristics and events, social participation, psychological characteristics and retirement.
Survey data were collected from the original respondents or their parents in 1957, 1964, 1975, 1992, 2004, and 2011; from a selected sibling in 1977, 1994, 2005, and 2011; from the spouse of the original respondent in 2004; from the spouse of the selected sibling in 2006; and from widow(er)s of the graduates and siblings in 2006. Data are currently available from all collection rounds except the widows. These will be available in the future. Please join the WLS list serv by sending an email to WLSannouncefirstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of "Subscribe", and visit this site frequently to ensure you are aware of any updates.
September 6, 2013 - The WLS 13.01 data set is now available. This new release includes the recently collected 2011 in-person interview data. Please see Change Notice #37 for details. View all data update notices
Pilot Grant Program:
The WLS sponsors an annual pilot grant competition for investigators who are new to the WLS data. For more information, please visit the page for the Pilot Grant Program.
Reports to Participants
"The Class of 1957 in their Mid-60s: A First Look"
"Brothers and Sisters: Findings from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study"