HS&B Midlife Follow-Up

The High School & Beyond Midlife Follow-Up Study Receives Funding from the National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Aging.  The University of Minnesota’s Sociology Professor, John Robert Warren, has been awarded a $12.8 million dollar grant (NIH/NIA grant number R01AG058719-01A1) to study education’s protective role against Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.  Co-Investigators include Chandra Muller from the University of Texas at Austin, Eric Grodsky from the University of Wisconsin, and Jennifer Manly from Columbia University. 


Image of high school graduatesThe High School and Beyond (HS&B) Midlife Follow-up Study re-interviewed the members of the High School and Beyond (HS&B) sophomore and senior panels. The study was originally sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as a part of their Secondary Longitudinal Studies Program. The sample is nationally representative of high school sophomores (N~14,830) and seniors (N~12,000) in 1980. Sample members were first interviewed in 1980 and were re-contacted in 1982, 1984, 1986, and 1992 (sophomores only). HS&B collected rich information on educational experiences and schooling, cognitive and non-cognitive skills, family socioeconomic origins, health, early life careers and family formation.

Image of middle aged workersResearchers at the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wisconsin initiated the midlife follow-up study of HS&B sample members. Sample members were located, contacted, and re-interviewed by NORC at the University of Chicago. These data will be available through the NCES Restricted-Use Data Licenses soon.  The main purpose of the study is to understand the long-term effects of education on midlife work and health outcomes. Information gathered from the sample members in high school and the early adult years can be coupled with recently collected information about cognitive and non-cognitive skills, work and occupations, health, family roles, and retirement planning to provide researchers with a robust data resource for studying the foundational pillars of older Americans’ labor force participation decisions and health in midlife.

The midlife follow-up study is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the National Institutes of Health / National Institute on Aging, and the Spencer Foundation.  For more details on our funding, please go to the Funders page.


This material is based upon work supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation under grant number 2012-10-27; the National Science Foundation under grants numbers HRD 1348527, HRD1348557, DRL 1420691, DRL 1420572, and DRL 1420330; the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) under grant numbers R305U140001 and R305U180002; the National Institute on Aging under grant number R01AG058719-01A1, and the Spencer Foundation under grant numbers 201500075 and 20160116.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or any of our other funders. For more details on our funding, please go to our Funders page.


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