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Mary Beth Ofstedal

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Survey Research Center
426 Thompson St., Room 3014 ISR
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734.647.9070


Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1995
M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1990
B.A., Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, 1983

Health and Retirement Study
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Research and Projects

Mary Beth Ofstedal is an Associate Research Scientist in the Survey Research Center and Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan. She is involved in instrument development, data collection and research for the Health and Retirement Study. Her research interests include transitions in health and functioning in old-age, utilization of health and long-term care services, intergenerational relations and support, longitudinal survey design and analysis, and comparative research.

Selected Recent Publications

J.W. Sakshaug, M.P. Couper and M.B. Ofstedal. Characteristics of physical measurement consent in a population-based survey of older adults.. Medical Care, 48(1): 64-71 [2010]

J. Liang, A.R. Quinones, J.M. Bennett, W. Ye, X. Xu, B.A. Shaw, and M.B. Ofstedal. Evolving self-rated health in middle and old age: How does it differ across Black, Hispanic, and White Americans?. Journal of Aging and Health, 22:3-26 [2010]

C. Cigolle, M.B. Ofstedal, Z. Tian, and C.S. Blaum. TModels of frailty: The Health and Retirement Study.. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 57:830-839 [2009]

R. Wong, M.B. Ofstedal, E. Agree and K. Yount. Unhealthy lifestyles among older adults: Exploring transitions in Mexico and the U.S.. European Journal of Ageing, 5: 311-326 [2008]

M.B. Ofstedal, Z. Zimmer, A. Chan, Y.H. Lin, J. Natividad, Z. Tang. Short-term trends in functional limitation among older Asians: A comparison of five Asian settings.. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 22(3): 243-261 [2007]

Z. Zimmer, L.G. Martin, M.B. Ofstedal and Y.L. Chuang. The effect of education of adult children on the mortality of their elderly parents.. Demography, 44(2): 289-305 [2007]

A.I. Hermalin, M.B. Ofstedal and R. Tesfai. Future characteristics of the elderly in developing countries and their implications for policy.. Asian Population Studies, 3(1): 5-36 [2007]

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