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National Health Interview Survey, 1989: Mental Health Supplement

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • National Health Interview Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
activities of daily living; chronic disabilities; chronic illnesses; coping; depression (psychology); disabilities; health; health care; health care services; health problems; illness; mental disorders; mental health; stress
  • Abstract

    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. The 1989 Mental Health Supplement provides 93 variables from the core Person File (see NATIONAL HEALTH INTERVIEW SURVEY, 1989 [ICPSR 9583]), including sex, age, race, marital status, veteran status, education, income, industry and occupation codes, and limits on activity. The 131 variables unique to this supplement offer information on manic depression, major depression, personality disorder, senility, substance abuse, mental retardation, and other mental disorders. Questions were asked about the effect of the disorder on the respondent's ability to work, attend school, handle routine matters such as managing money, perform everyday household chores, shop, and get around outside the home. In addition, respondents were questioned about difficulties resulting from the disorder such as forming and keeping friendships, maintaining concentration, and coping with daily stress. Questions about the length of time the respondent had the disorder and interaction with health professionals concerning the disorder were also asked.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1989
  • Collection date: 1989
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States.
Multistage probability sample.
Collection Mode
  • Per agreement with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS.

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9403 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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    • ID: 10.1377/hlthaff.21.5.242 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.4088/JCP.v60n0402 (DOI)
  • Walkup, James. Schizophrenia and the life course: National findings on gender differences in disability and service use. International Journal of Aging and Human Development.49, (2), 79-105.1999.
    • ID: 10.2190/LCU9-QYMU-X7JK-KCMA (DOI)
  • Gallagher, Sally K., Mechanic, David. Living with the mentally ill: Effects on the health and functioning of other household members. Social Science and Medicine.42, (12), 1691-1701.1996.
  • Adams, Patricia F., Benson, Veronica. Current Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, 1989. Vital and Health Statistics, Series 10: Data from the National Health Survey.176, Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 1990.
    • ID: (URL)

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics (1993): National Health Interview Survey, 1989: Mental Health Supplement. Version 1. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.