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National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey II, 1976-1980: Behavioral Questionnaire, Ages 25-74 Years (ICPSR 9552)

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


This dataset from the National Health and Examination Survey II (NHANES II) features supplemental variables on personality and activity-level behaviors that may be related to coronary heart disease. Additionally, demographic variables and sampling weights are included in the file. The Demographic Section is divided into four parts: residence data, sample person data, household data, and head of household data. The residence data include information on where the respondent lives, size of place, and total number of persons in the household and/or family. Variables in the sample person data cover age, birth date, sex, race, state of birth, marital status, national origin or ancestry, educational status, and job- and work-related questions. Household data are concerned with characteristics such as total number of rooms in the residence, number of bedrooms, type of kitchen facilities, whether there are running water facilities in the household, and type of heating and cooling systems. Additional household variables offer information on transportation, the languages spoken in the household, and income for the past year. The head of household data include items such as head's age at interview, birth date, sex, race, state of birth, marital status, ancestry, education status, work status, and military service history. The Sample Weight Section provides appropriate adjustments to be used in making population estimates for the examined sample ages 25-74 as a whole, for the portion of the sample who had the medical history interview only, for those that had specific laboratory tests, for specific age/sex/race strata, and for poverty/nonpoverty status. The final section, variables from the Behavior Questionnaire, includes the 19-item Jenkins Activity Survey (1965 version), which elicits information on the sample respondent's perceptions of his or her own tendencies to be hard-driving, impatient, pressured by time, irritated, and competitive. Ten other questions were asked on amount and frequency of physical activity.

Series: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) and Followup Series

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Study Description


U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics. NATIONAL HEALTH AND NUTRITION EXAMINATION SURVEY II, 1976-1980: BEHAVIORAL QUESTIONNAIRE, AGES 25-74 YEARS.. Hyattsville, MD: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Center for Health Statistics [producer], 1990. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1991.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    cardiovascular disease, demographic characteristics, emotional states, health behavior, households, housing conditions, medical history, mental health, personality assessment, social indicators

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1976--1980

Date of Collection:   

  • 1976--1980

Universe:    The civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States between the ages of 25 and 74 years.

Data Type(s):    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. ICPSR has produced the machine-readable version of the documentation through optical character recognition (OCR) scanning of the NCHS codebook. The age distribution for this sample is ages 25-34 (N=2,237), ages 35-44 (N=1,589), ages 45-54 (N=1,453), ages 55-64 (N=2,556), and ages 65-74 (N=2,615). The racial distribution is white (N=9,096), Black (N=1,163), and other (N=191). Ethnic backgrounds include Hispanic (N=471), Asian (N=173), and Native American (N=137). The data contain ampersands (&), dashes (-), and blank codes.


Sample:    Multistage random sample.

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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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