The Swedish Adoption Twin Study of Aging: an update

Acta Genet Med Gemellol (Roma). 1991;40(1):7-20. doi: 10.1017/s0001566000006681.


The Swedish Adoption/Twin Study of Aging (SATSA) is a longitudinal program of research in gerontological genetics which is currently in its fifth year. The base population is comprised of 351 pairs of twins reared apart and 407 matched control pairs of twins reared together who responded to a questionnaire (Q1) in 1984. Two additional stages of SATSA have recently been completed: a longitudinal follow-up questionnaire mailed out in 1987 (Q2) and extensive in-person testing (IPT1) which included a health examination and cognitive battery. A second wave of IPT was started in January 1989. A summary of some of the major findings from Q1 and a description of IPT1 are reported.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adoption
  • Aged
  • Aging / genetics*
  • Aging / psychology
  • Cognition
  • Environment
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality
  • Sweden
  • Twins* / genetics
  • Twins* / psychology
  • Twins* / statistics & numerical data
  • Twins, Dizygotic / psychology
  • Twins, Monozygotic / psychology