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A Prospective Sociocentric Study of 2 Entire Traditional Korean Villages: The Korean Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (KSHAP)

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Baek, Jiwon; Baldina, Ekaterina; Sung, Kiho; Lee, Sung-Ha; Christakis, Nicholas A.; Bearman, Peter; Kim, Hyeon Chang; Chu, Sang Hui; Lee, Eun; Park, Yeong-Ran; Chey, Jeanyung; Choi, Youn-Hee; Lee, Dohoon; Youm, Yoosik

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Oxford University Press
American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol.193 No.2, pp.241-255
The Korean Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (KSHAP) was a multidisciplinary prospective study conducted in South Korea that measured various health biomarkers from blood, hair, and brain magnetic resonance imaging, and we examined their associations with sociocentric (global) social network data of older adults in 2 entire villages (or cohorts). Cohort K included participants aged 60 years or older, and cohort L included participants aged 65 years or older. We performed a baseline survey involving 814 of the 860 individuals (94.7% response rate) in cohort K in 2012 and 947 of the 1,043 individuals (90.8% response rate) in cohort L in 2017. We gathered longitudinal data for 5 waves in cohort K from 2011 to 2019 and 2 waves in cohort L from 2017 to 2022. Here, we describe for the first time the follow-up design of the KSHAP, the changes in social networks, and various biomarkers over a number of years. The data for cohort K are publicly available via the Korean Social Science Data Archive as well as the project website, and the data for cohort L will be shared soon.
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