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National Survey of Personal Health Practices and Consequences [United States], 1979-1980 (ICPSR 8220)

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


This data collection is a telephone survey of a national probability sample. It was designed to provide data for examining the relationships between health practices and physical health status. The survey was conducted in two waves of interviews among a panel of noninstitutionalized civilian adults aged 20-64 years in the coterminous United States. Wave I was conducted in the spring of 1979 and comprises data for 3,025 respondents. Wave II was conducted one year later and contains data for 2,436 respondents . The file contains data from both waves. Included are questions on diet, exercise, sleeping, smoking, drinking of alcoholic beverages, weight status, dental hygiene, use of seat belts, changes in preventive health behavior due to illness, perceived health status and energy level, use of preventive health services, use of medical and hospital care, behavior with respect to high blood pressure, work status, conditions of work with respect to hazards, stress, physical demands, and sick leave, participation in social groups and religious services, enjoyment of free time, number and closeness of friends and relatives, general psychological well-being, recent stressful life events, and socio-demographic information, such as age, sex, marital status, educational level, race and family income.

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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics. National Survey of Personal Health Practices and Consequences [United States], 1979-1980. ICPSR08220-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1984. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08220.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08220.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    education, ethnicity, exercise, families, health behavior, health services utilization, health status, income, job stress, life events, mental health, nutrition, physical condition, quality of life, recreation, religion, social life, social networks, work environment

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Time Period:   

  • 1979--1980

Universe:    Noninstiutionalized civilian population of adults aged 20-64 years in the coterminous United States.

Data Type(s):    clinical data, survey data


Sample:    Random-digit dialing techniques were used and two waves of telephone interview data were collected one year apart. Eighty-five percent of the respondents in Wave I also participated in Wave II.

Data Source:

telephone interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-07-16

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