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National Health and Social Life Survey, 1992: [United States] (ICPSR 6647)

Published: Apr 17, 2008

Principal Investigator(s):
Edward O. Laumann, University of Chicago; John H. Gagnon, State University of New York-Stony Brook; Robert T. Michael, University of Chicago; Stuart Michaels, University of Chicago

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The purpose of this study was to collect extensive information on the sexual experiences and other social, demographic, attitudinal, and health-related characteristics of adults in the United States. The survey collected information on sexual practices with spouses/cohabitants and other sexual partners and collected background information about the partners. Major areas of investigation include sexual experiences such as number of sexual partners in given time periods, frequency of particular practices, and timing of various sexual events. The data cover childhood and adolescence, as well as adulthood. Other topics in the survey relate to sexual victimization, marriage and cohabitation, and fertility. Respondents were also queried about their physical health, including history of sexually transmitted diseases. Respondents' attitudes toward premarital sex, the appeal of particular practices such as oral sex, and levels of satisfaction with particular sexual relationships were also studied. Demographic items include race, education, political and religious affiliation, income, and occupation.

Laumann, Edward O., Gagnon, John H., Michael, Robert T., and Michaels, Stuart. National Health and Social Life Survey, 1992: [United States]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-04-17.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (18403)

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Rockefeller Foundation

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

New York Community Trust

American Foundation for AIDS Research

Ford Foundation

1992-02 -- 1992-09

1992-02 -- 1992-09

Multistage area probability sample designed to give each household an equal probability of inclusion. Two samples were obtained: a cross-sectional sample (3,159 cases), and an oversample (273 cases) intended to increase the number of Blacks and Hispanics in the study. Overall response rate was 78.6 percent of the 4,369 eligible respondents selected for inclusion in the study.

Noninstitutionalized United States population aged 18-59 able to complete an interview in English.

survey data

personal interviews and self-administered questionnaires



2008-04-17 Duplicate value labels were removed from the SPSS setup. Three incorrect and superfluous value labels for variable FIRSTVI were removed from the SPSS setup, codebook, and frequencies. ICPSR produced a Stata setup and SAS, SPSS, Stata, and tab-delimited versions of the data. In addition, the codebook and frequencies were converted to PDF format.


  • 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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This study is maintained and distributed by the Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA). HMCA is the official data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.