National Health Interview Survey, 1988: AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes Supplement (ICPSR 9411)

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


The basic purpose of the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) is to obtain information about the amount and distribution of illness, its effects in terms of disability and chronic impairments, and the kinds of health services people receive. Person variables include sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. This AIDS Supplement also features information on knowledge and attitudes towards the disease. Variables include questions on the effects of AIDS, how the disease is spread, sources of information on AIDS, if respondent had had the AIDS blood test, how to avoid getting the disease, the respondent's perceived chance of getting AIDS, and the respondent's perception of the value of the AIDS blood test.

Series: National Health Interview Survey Series

Access Notes

  • The public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


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Study Description


United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 1988: AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes Supplement. ICPSR09411-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1990.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    AIDS, attitudes, beliefs, chronic disabilities, chronic illnesses, disabilities, disease, disease prevention, health, health behavior, health care, health care services, health education, health problems, HIV, illness, information sources

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Date of Collection:   

  • 1988

Universe:    Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

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. The age distributions for this file are: ages 17-44 (N=16,385), ages 45-54 (N=3,672), ages 55-64 (N=3,542), ages 65-74 (N=3,602), ages 75+ (N=2,458). The race distributions are white (N=24,580), black (N=4,253), and other races (N=826). There were 1,735 respondents of Hispanic origin. The data contain ampersands (&), dashes (-), and blank codes. The supplements to the National Health Interview Surveys may be used independently since they incorporate person file data. The National Center for Health Statistics also refers to these supplements as 'current health topics.'


Sample:    Multi-stage probability sample from 1,924 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs).

Data Source:

personal interviews

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:   1990-10-16

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