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Amount of difficulty participating in social activities

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For sample adults, DSOCIALP reports, due to a physical, mental, or emotional condition, how much difficulty they had participating in social activities such as visiting friends, attending clubs and meetings, or going to parties.

DSOCIALP is one of three functional limitation variables that the NHIS collects but are not part of the Washington Group measures on disability. (See our user note on the Washington Group Disability Measures.) The three measures asked in addition to the Washington Group measures capture limitations in participation in everyday life activities by determining difficulties experienced by sample adults participating in work (LAMTWRK), running errands alone (DISERRANDP), and participating in social activities (DSOCIALP) due to a physical, mental, or emotional condition.


There are no comparability issues with this variable.


  • 2019-2020: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2019-2020