2007 Disability Vignette Study (Final, Version 1.0)

June 03, 2008

The HRS 2007 Disability Vignette Study (Final, Version 1.0) is now available.

The 2007 Disability Vignette Study (DVS) is one of three mail surveys conducted in the Fall of 2007 as part of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The DVS includes a short sequence of questions about the respondents' own health and disability status, followed by a set of anchoring vignettes. The vignettes provide short descriptions of people in different states of health, which respondents are asked to rate on the same dimensions and scales as they rated their own health. Comparison of respondents' ratings of their own health and their vignette ratings allows researchers to evaluate whether respondents exhibit different response styles. Two versions of the DVS questionnaire (A and B) were administered to assess question ordering and gender effects.

The DVS Sample consisted of respondents who had completed a self-interview in the HRS 2006 Core and who (prior to the start of the DVS field period) had not died or requested removal from the sample, and who were not in the HRS 2007 Consumption and Activities Mail Survey (CAMS) or the HRS 2007 Prescription Drug Study (PDS). Of the 5,678 questionnaires mailed in the fall of 2007, 4,639 were returned for a simple response rate of 81.7%.

Please refer to the corresponding data documentation file for more information on the background and file structure of the 2007 DVS data.

Note: Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for up-to-date information on the restricted data merge status of this data set.

If you find any problems with the data, please report them to us via the Help Desk, or by e-mail to hrsquestions@umich.edu.