Chicago Jewish Health Survey 2004

Sponsor(s): Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF), Sinai Health System

Principal Investigator(s): Maureen R. Benjamins, Dana M. Rhodes, Joel M. Carp, Steven Whitman

Population Estimates: Metropolitan Chicago Jewish Community Study (2000-2001) had previously estimated that approximately 23,000 Jewish individuals lived in the West Rogers Park and Peterson Park neighborhoods on the far north side of Chicago, of a total metropolitan Jewish co
Key Findings: Report on the Findings of the Jewish Community Health Survey: West Rogers Park & Peterson Park was issued in 2006, based on data from 2003-04 Jewish Health community study, which focused on these two neighborhoods.

Exceptionally detailed health-related questions on two highly Jewish Chicago communities; topics include health status, health conditions, health risk factors, health access and utilization, etc. Readers interested in health issues among Jews should find the survey results, and the issues explored, of great interest.

  • Demographic Data: Median age of Jewish adults in these two areas combined was 49 years, older than both Chicago and US adult population; 20% of Jewish adults born outside USA; half of households included a child under age 18; of those with children, almost 30% had four or more children; half of sample had incomes of at least $70,000 annual income.

  • Jewish Connections Data: 81% of Jewish adults were congregation-affiliated, 66% Orthodox, 79% kept a kosher home, and only 4% of couples were intermarried.

  • Health Data: Pages 6-7 of Report PDF summarize results. The most prevalent adult health condition was high blood pressure, reported by over one-quarter of adults; levels of smoking, drinking and marijuana use were low.

  • Approximately 25% of all adults and children (ages 2-12) were obese; another quarter were overweight.

  • Over one-quarter of adults had been diagnosed with depression at some time during their lives; 17% diagnosed as currently depressed using CES-D scale of depressive symptoms.

  • Nearly one-third of respondents reported that a family member had been a victim of physical, verbal or sexual violence; one-quarter had witnessed domestic violence.

  • 42% of Jewish adults had been genetically tested, 58% had not been tested.
Sample: Jewish adults living in the two Chicago neighborhoods; map placing communities in Chicago context is reproduced in both the Report and the PowerPoint slide presentation.

Sample Size: Face-to-face lengthy (one hour plus) interviews from April, 2003 to January, 2004: 201 Jewish adults (475 adult health-related questions) and 58 caretakers of Jewish children ages 0-12 (100 Jewish child health-related questions).

Sample Notes: Three-stage sampling design used to identify and interview a representative sample in these areas; initial sample was 1,124 adult households in the areas; ultimately, researchers interviewed 201 Jewish adults and 58 caretakers of Jewish children.

Response rate of 51% reported; identified Jewish household interview completion rate was 83%; methodological details in Report, chapter 2.

Adult data are weighted - data file weight is "fnlweight", the last variable in the "Adult" data set. Child caregiver data set is not weighted , because of small number of interviews completed.

Adult and child codebooks present both the questions asked and marginal frequency responses. Exceptionally detailed and comprehensive codebooks


Survey Reports

» Main Report

Slide Sets

» Slide Set

Documentation, Questionnaires and Frequencies

» Adult Codebook

» Child Codebook

Data Files and Data Definitions

» Zipped SPSS Data File

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