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Ever had anemia

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For sample persons under age 18, ANEMIAEV indicates if the child ever had anemia. The inquiry did not require the problem be diagnosed by a doctor or health professional, and definitions of the terms "anemia " were not provided in the survey text or Field Representative's Manual and assumed to be respondent-defined.

The question for ANEMIAEV was part of a series of questions on child health conditions in the 1988 Supplement on Child Health.

Related Variables

Along with ARTHOJPEV, respondents were asked if the child ever had any of 33 conditions, and respondents could also specify up to three conditions not directly included in the inquiry.


The condition listed also included:

SICKLCELEV, ever told had sickle cell anemia.

From 1997 forward, the variable ANEMIAYR, had anemia in the past 12 months, is available for all sample children.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1988: Sample persons under age 18.


  • 1988