The Changing Lives of Older Couples Study (CLOC) is a multi-wave prospective study of spousal bereavement, designed and carried out by a research team including Camille Wortman, Ron Kessler, Jim House and Jim Lepkowski. Data were gathered from a two-stage area probability sample of 1,532 elderly married men and women from the Detroit Metropolitan Area. Initial face-to-face interviews were conducted between June 1987 and April 1988. Follow-up interviews of bereaved spouses and controls were conducted at 6, 12 and 48 months after the loss, and continued until 1993.
While primarily a study of spousal bereavement, the dataset also
includes a host of other psychosocial and biomedical variables. The combined
dataset includes 1532 cases and over 3000 variables that cover every aspect
of social, psychological, and physical functioning of older adults. The
analysis and distribution of this data set is made possible by a grant from
the National Institute on Aging
Citation: This website and the availability of this data is made possible by Grant # AG15948-01 (Randolph M. Nesse, P.I.) from the National Institute on Aging. The original data collection for the CLOC study was supported by NIA Grants AG610757-01 (Camille B. Wortman, P.I.), and AG05561-01 (James S. House, P.I.).