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European Survey About Teachers and Cancer Prevention, 1989 (ICPSR 9407)

Principal Investigator(s): Rabier, Jacques-Rene


This survey, conducted in January and February of 1989, examined teachers' opinions on health and cancer education in schools of 12 member countries of the European Community (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain). A total of 2,750 teachers (approximately 240 from each country and 66 only from Luxembourg), of which roughly a third were primary school teachers and two thirds were secondary teachers, were interviewed face-to-face by professional interviewers during January-February 1989. Those interviewed were asked whether they discussed health matters, especially cancer, drugs, and AIDS, and if so with whom. The survey also collected information on respondents' views about causes of cancer and prevention methods they taught at school. Some questions focused on organizing health education in schools: who was responsible for health education in schools, the role of teachers versus doctors and parents regarding health education, and smoking rules for teachers and pupils. Another subject of study was the European code against cancer. Respondents were asked how familiar they were with the code, how well-known it was, how well accepted it was, and how they viewed its effectiveness. Respondents also expressed their opinions regarding whether the European Community or its members had the right to deal with cancer prevention. Also investigated were respondents' interest in different health programs, opinions about the best educational materials, and how well informed they were about health and cancer prevention. Background information includes respondents' age, gender, subject taught, years of teaching, type of school they taught in, and number of classes and pupils they had, as well as general information about their schools.

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Study Description


Rabier, Jacques-Rene. European Survey About Teachers and Cancer Prevention, 1989. ICPSR09407-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09407.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09407.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    AIDS, cancer, disease, disease prevention, drug abuse, health, health education, schools, smoking, teachers

Geographic Coverage:    Belgium, Denmark, Europe, France, Germany, Global, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain

Time Period:   

  • 1989-01-09--1989-02-27

Date of Collection:   

  • 1989-01-09--1989-02-27

Universe:    Primary and secondary school teachers of 12 member countries of the European Community (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain).

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The supplemental report on teachers and cancer prevention, "Les enseignants et la prevention du cancer," published in January 1990, has been translated into English by ICPSR. The English version is included in the codebook and the French version is distributed as a separate PDF file.

Variables in the dataset with incomplete responses are most likely answers to open-ended questions, for which respondents had to provide their own answers.

For most descriptive variables in the SAS and SPSS data definition statements that are defined in the questionnaire, the value '0' has the label '?.' Depending on the context, this question mark represents one of the following: "I don't know," "No answer," or "Not applicable."

The dataset does not contain any weight variables.

The codebook and the bilingual questionnaire, and the report "Les enseignements et la prevention du cancer" are provided by ICPSR as Portable Document Format (PDF) files.


Sample:    Multistage disproportionate stratified random sample.

Data Source:

personal 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:   2001-07-16

Version History:

  • 2002-02-22 The codebook now includes an English translation of the French-language report that describes the study ("Les enseignants et la prevention du cancer"). Also, the original French report was added to the collection as a PDF file, and SAS data definition statements and were added as well.

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