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Ever had arthritis or other joint problem

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

The question for ARTHOJPEV 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.


Conditions grouped with ARTHOJPEV in the survey included:

BONMUSCONEV, ever had other condition affecting bone, cartilage; muscle, or tendon; NONCONHARTEV ever told had other (non congenital) heart condition; CEREBPALEVever told had cerebral palsy; and CONGHARTEV, ever told had congenital heart disease


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1988: Sample persons under age 18.


  • 1988