WLS in the News:
Wall Street Journal Article (August 15, 2011):
Hey, You! Mean People Earn More, Study Finds
Time Magazine Article (June 20, 2011):
Life After High School
Atlantic Wire Article (June 6, 2011):
Christy Glass, Steven Haas, and Eric Reither on Obesity and Salary.
New York Times Article (June 2, 2011):
Heavy in School, Burdened for Life
Time Magazine Article (Dec 9, 2010):
Straight A's in High School May Mean Better Health Later in Life
Miller-McCune Magazine Article (Dec 8, 2010):
Among Vets, Higher Rank Predicts Better Health
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article (Dec 5, 2010):
Survey Maps the Life of a Generation
Cleveland Dealer Article (Aug 31, 2010):
Male Life Span Tied to Mate Competition
MSNBC (June 8, 2011):
Do Thin People Earn More?
NBC 15 (March 11, 2011):
Carleen Wild Talks With an Interviewer and a Participant
Big Ten Network (Nov 2010):
Interview with Principle Investigator Pamela Herd
How joblessness hurts us all
(USA Today Opinion, 12/10/09)
Men's masculinity beliefs are a barrier to preventative health care
features may predict obesity
(Desert News [Salt Lake City], 3/29/09)
popular at school puts you on the wealth path
(Courier Mail [Queensland, Australia], 3/12/2009)
'stickier' than most; people who were born In Wisconsin tend to
stay here, study finds
(Wisconsin State Journal, 1/29/09)
Siblings of mentally disabled face own lifelong challenges
displacement causes social withdrawal
(Times of India [New Delhi], 9/3/08)
Bowling alone because the team got downsized
State of Aging in the U.S.
(WSOC-TV [Charlotte, North Carolina], 2/22/08)
The story of our lives
(ABC News, 7/25/07)
of '57 gives researchers broad sociological snapshot (Wisconsin
State Journal, 7/22/07)
of '57 speaks: ten findings from WLS
(Wisconsin State Journal, 7/22/07)
years and counting: the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study
(Wisconsin News, 7/17/07)
Research probes seniors' plans for end-of-life care
after 60 a matter of attitude
(Capital Times [Madison, Wisconsin], 3/6/06)
good-looking master's thesis
(Capital Times [Madison, Wisconsin], 3/1/06)
Childhood abuse is an adult health risk
(Wisconsin State Journal, 4/25/05)
Happy Days survey in reruns
(On Wisconsin, 6/1/03)
(NBC-15 WMTV-Madison, 1/16/03)
Key data anticipated in 45-year aging study
(Wisconsin State Journal, 1/15/03)
Ongoing study checks in on 'Happy Days' cohort
Study tackles new issues for Class
(Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/12/03)
Seventy percent of
the 1957 graduating class live in Wisconsin.
live in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia and more than
ten foreign countries. The most common states of residence besides
Wisconsin are Minnesota,
Illinois, and California with 4% each, and Florida, Texas and Arizona with
1% to 2% each.
of men and 36% of women in the sample completed academic schooling beyond
high school. Fourteen percent of men and 12% of women stopped their
academic education with bachelor's degrees, but 18% of men and 9% of women
earned higher professional and graduate degrees.
As of the
1992-1994 surveys, almost 70% of WLS graduates remain in their first
marriages. Only 15% have married more than once. 82% of men and women are
currently married and living with their spouse.
majority of graduates have either two or three children, while
approximately one-third have four or more children. Only 8% have no
children, and 7% one child. The average number of children per graduates
is 3, which includes biological, adopted, foster and stepchildren.
Ninety-five percent of the
class of '57 have some kind of health insurance, although 51% of women
have health insurance through their own employment, compared with 79% of
Forty percent of men
hold management positions in their jobs, 14% are in supervisory jobs and
46% are employed in non-supervisory jobs. For women, 22% are managers, 15%
are supervisors and two thirds are in non-supervisory jobs.
Eighty-eight percent of WLS
graduates own their homes.
majority of both men (80%) and women (76%) say they participate in light
exercise, like walking, at least once a week. 35% of men and 26% of women
participate in more strenuous exercise, like jogging or aerobics.
Self-reports of height and weight show that the average woman from the
class of '57 is 5'4" tall and weighs 153 lbs, while men report an average
height of 5'10" and weigh 195 lbs.
more men (60%) than women (47%) report that they have ever smoked, about
the same percentages of women (18%) and men (17%) are current cigarette