Maxine Weinstein

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OBJECTIVES Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) is a national study of health and aging among individuals aged 25 to 74 at baseline (1995-1996). Longitudinal survey assessments (2004-2005), were followed by biological assessments on a subsample (aged 35-85).To facilitate public use, we describe the protocol, measures, and sample. METHOD Respondents(More)
Increasingly, researchers and health specialists are obtaining information on chronic illnesses from self-reports. This study validates self-reports of two major health conditions, hypertension and diabetes, based on a recent survey in Taiwan (SEBAS 2000). These data, based on a large, nationally representative sample of respondents aged 54 and older,(More)
Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, can have deleterious consequences for physical and psychological health. In this study, we investigate variability in resilience to depressive symptoms in the aftermath of a massive earthquake that struck Taiwan in 1999. We analyze data on 1160 older individuals from a national, longitudinal survey with interviews(More)
Despite the increasing evidence linking aspects of the social environment to a range of health outcomes, important questions remain concerning the precise mechanisms or pathways through which social circumstances exert their influence. Biological pathways are one important area of current research interest. Using data from the Social Environment and(More)
The theory of allostatic load describes how the cumulative experience of emotional challenges and stressful events over the life course may take a significant physiological toll on multiple interrelated systems of the body. Various summary measures of these effects have been proposed in the literature, but few studies focus on systematically evaluating(More)
BACKGROUND We compare the genotype distribution for the serotonin transporter polymorphism (5-HTTLPR) in a sample of older Taiwanese adults with samples of various racial and ethnic groups collected in other studies. We also explore interactions among sex, stressors, and 5-HTTLPR genotype on depressive symptoms in our sample. METHODS Using a nationally(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the association between subjective ladder ranking and health measures with the association between objective indices and health measures in older Taiwanese men and women. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTING A population-representative sample of elderly and nearly elderly men and women in Taiwan. PARTICIPANTS The study included(More)
Previous research evaluating quality of health interview survey data has generally relied upon comparisons of household interview data with medical records or other external sources of information. However, "gold standards" are not always satisfactory or available. This paper illustrates an alternative approach to the evaluation of data quality-examination(More)
We investigate how biological markers of individual responses to stressful experiences are associated with profiles of physical and mental functioning in a national sample of middle-aged and elderly Taiwanese. Data come from a population-based sample of middle-aged and elderly Taiwanese in 2000. The data combine rich biological measures with self-reported(More)
BACKGROUND In light of substantial sex differences in health outcomes, researchers need to focus on disentangling the underlying biological and social determinants. The objective of this study is to determine whether two populations that differ in many cultural and social dimensions--Taiwan and the United States--also vary with regard to sex differentials(More)