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Chang, Ming-Cheng, and Albert Hermalin. 1998. "1996 Survey of Health and Living Status of the Middle Aged and Elderly in Taiwan - Chinese-English Questionnaire(A): Survey of Those 50-66 Years of Age." Elderly in Asia Report No. 98-49. 4 1998.
This publication presents the questionnaire for the 1996 Survey of Health and Living Status of the Middle Aged and Elderly in Taiwan: Chinese-English Questionnaire of Those 50-66 Years of Age. It is one of two questionnaires that were administered; the second was for those aged 67 and over. The interviews were conducted between April and November of 1996. The project was initiated in 1989 with a survey of 4049 respondents aged 60 and above. These respondents were contacted a total of three additional times including a major follow-up interview in 1993. The survey for those aged 67 and over is the most recent interview and the fourth contact with the original panel. We extended the survey by launching a second panel of individuals aged 50-66 in 1996. The two 1996 questionnaires are very similar, but because the older sample of respondents had been previously interviewed and because the two age groups are at different stages of life, the questionnaires are not identical. The 1996 sample size for the original panel (currently aged 67 and above) is 2669 respondents, the second panel (aged 50-66) has 2462 respondents. When the two panels are combined and properly weighted, it will create a representative sample of the Taiwan population aged 50 and over. The contents of the questionnaires were collaboratively designed by the Taiwan Provincial Institute of Family Planning (TPIFP) and the Population Studies Center, University of Michigan (PSC, UM). The original versions of the survey were written in Chinese and the fielding of the survey was conducted in Taiwan by TPIFP in consultation with PSC, UM. To the extent possible the English translations and the original Chinese versions of the survey are aligned side-by-side in facing pages in this publication. Funding for this project was provided by a number of Taiwanese government agencies, namely, the National Health Department, the National Health Research Institute and the Taiwan Provincial Government. The U.S. National Institute on Aging also provided supplemental funding.