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National Health Interview Survey, 1989: 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
  • Archival Version (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. The 1989 AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes 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 166 variables unique to this supplement cover attitudes towards and knowledge of AIDS, the effects of the disease, how it is spread, where to obtain information on AIDS, detection of HIV with blood tests, how to avoid getting the disease, and personal knowledge of anyone who had the test for AIDS, tested positively for the virus, or had the disease.
  • Methods

    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: Standardized missing values..
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1989
  • Collection date: 1989
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
Civilian noninstitutionalized population of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
One person 18 years or older randomly sampled from each household in the 1989 National Health Interview Survey sample. The NHIS sample itself was a multistage probability sample from 1,924 geographically defined Primary Sampling Units (PSUs). Starting with an all-area frame, a reduced number of 201 PSUs were selected, including two from each nonself-representing stratum. Black persons were oversampled. Four independent representative samples which may be used in any combination were drawn.
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 distribution of the sample was 18-54 years (N = 28,373), 55-64 years (N = 4,805), 65-74 years (N = 4,591), and 75+ years (N = 3,212). The racial background was White (N = 33,726), Black (N = 5,627), Asian/Pacific Islander (N = 756), Native American (N = 269), multiple (N = 33), and other or unknown (N = 568).

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Alternative Identifiers
  • 9708 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR09708.v1
  • Anonymous. Self-reported HIV-antibody testing among persons with selected risk behaviors--Southern Los Angeles County, 1991-1992. JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association.270, (17), 2033 -1993.
  • Anderson, John E., Hardy, Ann M., Cahill, Kathy, Aral, Sevgi O.. HIV Antibody Testing and Posttest Counseling in the United States: Data from the 1989 National Health Interview Survey. American Journal of Public Health.82, (11), 1533-1535.1992.
    • ID: 10.2105/AJPH.82.11.1533 (DOI)
  • McCaig, L.F., Hardy, A.M., Winn, D.M.. Knowledge about AIDS and HIV in the US adult population: influence of the local incidence of AIDS. American Journal of Public Health.81, 1591-1595.1991.
    • ID: 10.2105/AJPH.81.12.1591 (DOI)
  • 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)
  • Hardy, A.M.. National Health Interview Survey data on adult knowledge of AIDS in the United States. Public Health Reports.105, (6), 629-634.1990.

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 (1992): National Health Interview Survey, 1989: AIDS Knowledge and Attitudes Supplement. Archival Version. National Health Interview Survey Series. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.