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BALEFSOCIAL
Balance problem affects: Social activities

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Description

For sample adults who had a balance or dizziness problem in the past 12 months (BALDIZYR), or who had at least one symptom of a balance or dizziness problem in the past 12 months (BALSYMPTNO), and whose problem prevents them from doing things (BALEFPREV),, BALEFSOCIAL indicates whether the balance or dizziness problem caused them to change or cut back on social activities such as visiting friends, attending clubs and meetings, or going to parties.

The questionnaire included the instructions, "Do not include times when drinking alcohol." The interviewers were also instructed to mark "No" for persons unable to do the activities for reasons other than balance. The Manual provides the example that if the person missed work in the previous week because of a back problem unrelated to the balance problem, then the interviewer should mark "no" (IPUMS NHIS "2") for this question.

This variable was part of the Sample Adult Balance Supplement, sponsored by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Comparability

Please view the Universe tab for information on universe changes over time for this variable; other than universe changes this variable is largely comparable over time.

Universe

  • 2008: Sample adults age 18+ whose dizziness or balance problems prevent them from doing things.
  • 2016: Sample adults 18+ who had a balance or dizziness problem in the past 12 months and have had a balance or dizziness problem in the past 12 months or sample adults who had at least one symptom in the past 12 months AND whose problem prevents them from doing things.

Availability

  • 2008, 2016

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