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National Health Interview Survey, 1988: AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes 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
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
  • 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. 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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Collection date: 1988
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Multi-stage probability sample from 1,924 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs).
Collection Mode
  • 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.'

This study is freely available to the general public via web download.
Alternative Identifiers
  • 9411 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
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    • ID: 10.2105/AJPH.80.5.586 (DOI)
  • Anonymous. HIV epidemic and AIDS: trends in knowledge--United States, 1987 and 1988. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.38, (20), 353-358.1989.
  • Dawson, Deborah A., Hardy, Ann M.. AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes of Black Americans, Provisional Data From the National Health Interview Survey. Advance Data from Vital and Health Statistics.165, Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 1989.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Samuel, George Michael. AIDS and the Illinois law enforcement officer: Knowledge, attitudes and information sources. Dissertation, Southern Illinois University. 1989.

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 (1990): National Health Interview Survey, 1988: AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes Supplement. Version 1. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v1. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.