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Spent 1+ night in car, past 12 months

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For sample persons ages 12-21, HOMLESCARYR reports whether the respondent spent at least one night in a car, truck, or van during the past 12 months. Respondents were asked if they had stayed out overnight without permission in the past 12 months, and about places where they may have spent the night in the past 12 months. Places asked about include: a youth or adult shelter; a public place like a bus station, restaurant, or office building; an abandoned building; outside in a park, on the street, under a bridge or overhang, or on a roof top; with a stranger because the respondent needed a place to stay; or in the subway or other underground public place.

HOMLESCARYR is part of the Youth Risk Behavior supplement, introduced in 1992. The supplement includes questions about injury risks, physical fights, weapons use, cigarette smoking, chewing tobacco, alcohol and illegal drug use, AIDS/HIV education, diet and nutrition, physical activities, stays away from home, and sexual behaviors.

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There are no comparability issues.


  • 1992: Sample persons age 12-21.


  • 1992