TABLE 1

Health Care Use and Health Behaviors Survey Questions, National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, 2007–2008

Health care use
 Forgone care: has there been any time in the past 12 mo when you thought you should get medical care, but you did not?
 Worsening health problems: in the past 12 mo, did a health problem get worse because you did not get care when you thought you should?
 Annual dental examination: in the past 12 mo, have you had a dental examination by a dentist or dental hygienist?
 Mental health counseling: in the past 12 mo, have you received psychological or emotional counseling?
 Annual physical examinationa: how long ago did you last have a routine checkup?
 Usual source of careb: where do you usually go when you are sick or need health care?
General health behaviors
 Television: in the past 7 d, how many h did you watch television or videos, including VHS, DVDs, or music videos?
 Fast food: how many times in the past 7 d did you eat food from a fast food restaurant, such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, or a local fast food restaurant?
 Sugary drinks: in the past 7 d, how many regular (nondiet) sweetened drinks did you have? Include regular soda, juice drinks, sweetened tea or coffee, energy drinks, flavored water, or other sweetened drinks.
 Fitness center use: on average, how many times per wk do you use a physical fitness or recreation center in your neighborhood?
 Sunblock: when you go outside on a sunny day for >1 h, how likely are you to use sunscreen or sunblock?
Substance use
 Cigarettes: during the past 30 d, on how many days did you smoke cigarettes?
 Prescription drugs: have you ever taken any prescription drugs that were not prescribed for you, taken prescription drugs in larger amounts than prescribed, more often than prescribed, for longer periods than prescribed, or taken prescription drugs that you took only for the feeling or experience they caused?
 IV drug use: have you ever injected (shot up with a needle) any illegal drug, such as heroin or cocaine?
 Problem drinking
  1. How often have you been under the influence of alcohol when you could have gotten yourself or others hurt, or put yourself or others at risk, including unprotected sex?
  2. How often have you had legal problems because of your drinking, like being arrested for disturbing the peace or driving under the influence of alcohol or anything else?
  3. How often have you had problems with your family, friends, or people at work or school because of your drinking?
  4. Have you ever continued to drink after you realized drinking was causing you any emotional problems (such as feeling irritable, depressed, or uninterested in things or having strange ideas) or causing you any health problems (such as ulcers, numbness in your hands and/or feet, or memory problems)?
  5. Have you ever given up or cut down on important activities that would interfere with drinking, like getting together with friends or relatives, going to work or school, participating in sports, or anything else?
 Problem drug use
  1. How often have you been under the influence of (favorite drug) when you could have gotten yourself or others hurt, or put yourself or others at risk, including unprotected sex?
  2. How often have you had legal problems because of your (favorite drug) use, like being arrested for disturbing the peace or anything else?
Other risky behaviors
 Lifetime sexual partners: with how many partners have you ever had vaginal intercourse, even if only once?
 Sex in exchange for money: in the past 12 mo, how many times have you paid someone to have sex with you or has someone paid you to have sex with them?
 Gambling problems: has your gambling ever caused serious financial problems or problems in your relationships with any of your family members or friends?
  • DVD, digital video disc; VHS, Video Home System.

  • a Categorized into <1 y and >1 y or never.

  • b Categorized as a primary care setting (ie, hospital-based clinic; community health clinic; health maintenance organization; private medical office; school, college, or work clinic; military hospital or clinic; or respondent never gets sick) and ED or non–primary care site.