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New Zealand Health, Work, and Retirement Longitudinal Study

  • Joanne Allen
  • Fiona M. Alpass
  • Christine V. StephensEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_977-2


Project Objectives

The Health, Work, and Retirement (HWR) study aims to characterize health and well-being of older adults in New Zealand and to identify key determinants of these experiences. Based in the social sciences, the study is designed to facilitate evaluation of major theoretical frameworks for aging research, including a capability approach to aging (Stephens 2017) and life course perspectives (O’Rand 2006; Settersten 2003). Measures and design are selected to facilitate cross-cultural comparisons of models with other major studies of aging internationally and to acknowledge the unique environmental, cultural, and social conditions of New Zealand. The study is conducted by the Health and Ageing Research Team (HART) at Massey University.

Study Design and Features

Multiple modes of data collection are used to achieve objectives of the HWR study and include a longitudinal survey,...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joanne Allen
    • 1
  • Fiona M. Alpass
    • 1
  • Christine V. Stephens
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Massey UniversityPalmerston NorthNew Zealand

Section editors and affiliations

  • Matthew E. Dupre
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Population Health SciencesDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Center for the Study of Aging and Human DevelopmentDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyDuke UniversityDurhamUSA