National Health Examination Survey, Cycle II, 1963-1965: Ages 6-11 Years (ICPSR 9551)

Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics


In 1959, the National Health Examination Survey (NHES) began collecting statistics on the medically defined prevalence in the United States population of a variety of specific diseases (using standardized diagnostic criteria) and the distribution of certain physical, physiological, and psychological measurements. The NHES was conducted as a series of survey programs called "cycles." Each cycle was limited to a specific age segment of the population and to certain aspects of the health of that population. The NHES Cycle II contains demographic data on children 6 to 11 years of age, as well as information on children's medical and developmental history, schooling, psychological testing results, physical examinations, hearing, vision, and dental examinations, body measurements, and assessments of skeletal maturation.

Series: National Health Examination Surveys, Cycles I-III Series

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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Examination Survey, Cycle II, 1963-1965: Ages 6-11 Years. ICPSR09551-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    child development, child health, children, dental health, eyesight, health behavior, health history, health status, hearing (physiology), medical evaluation, mental health, physical health, testing and measurement

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1963--1965

Date of Collection:   

  • 1963--1965

Universe:    Noninstitutionalized children, aged 6-11, in the coterminous United States.

Data Type(s):    clinical data, survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. The data contain ampersand (&), dash (-), and blank ( ) codes. The age distribution for this survey is age 6 (N=1,111), age 7 (N=1,241), age 8 (N=1,231), age 9 (N=1,184), age 10 (N=1,160), age 11 (N=1,120), and age 12 (N=72).


Sample:    Nationwide probability sample of 7,417 children, representative of approximately 24 million children in the population at the time of the survey.

Data Source:

self-enumerated questionnaires, and physical examinations

Restrictions: In preparing the data tape(s) for this collection the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution, NCHS requires, under section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.


Original ICPSR Release:   1991-10-23

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