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Sought help from other souce (3)

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For sample persons age 18 and older, and who reported to have experienced stress within the last year, EMOHELPOTH3 reports whether or not the person sought help from some other source
not included on the interviewer's predefined list. Interviewers were instructed not to read the list, but to note all response categories mentioned.

The list included: a family member or relative, a friend (neighbor and/or peer), a medical doctor, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, a (psychiatric) social worker, some other mental health professional (therapist/counselor), a religious counselor (religious support group/religious therapy group/minister), Alcoholics Anonymous (Al Anon/Alateen), an at-work counselor (at work support group/at work therapy group), National Alliance for the mentally Ill (only in 1990), some other self-help group(only in 1990), Gamblers Anonymous(only in 1985), Weight Watchers(only in 1985), a counselor at school(only in 1985), and a probation officer(only in 1985).

In 1985, for affirmative responses, the survey specifies the order in which the first four sources of help were mentioned. If the person mentioned more than four sources of help, responses beyond the first four sources of help mentioned are not ordered.
Users interested in a "yes" response about the use of some other source of help (regardless of the order in which it was mentioned), should combine all response categories that indicate an affirmative response, as well as EMOHELPOTH1 and EMOHELPOTH2.

EMOHELPOTH3 is part of a series of variables related to sources of help with adult personal or emotional problems. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus or see EMOHELPOTH1.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1985: Sample persons age 18+ who in the past year thought about seeking help for personal or emotional problems from friends/family and/or from a professional/self-help group, or for whom it was unknown whether they had thought about seeking such help, and who actually sought help.


  • 1985