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Used hypnosis, past 12 months

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For sample adults and children in 2012 who had ever used hypnosis (HYPEV) but had either not seen a practitioner for hypnosis in the past 12 months or had never seen a practitioner for hypnosis, HYPUSEYR reports whether they used hypnosis in the past 12 months.

Hypnosis was one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the Alternative Health Supplements.


The 2012 Field Representative's Manual defines hypnosis as:

Hypnosis is an altered state of consciousness characterized by increased responsiveness to suggestion. This hypnotic state is attained by first relaxing the body, then shifting attention toward a narrow range of objects or ideas as suggested by the hypnotist or hypnotherapist. The procedure is used to effect positive changes and to treat numerous health conditions including ulcers, chronic pain, respiratory ailments, stress, and headaches.

Field representatives were advised to "feel free to offer [this definition] even if the respondent has not requested [it]."

Related Variables
Additional information about the use of hypnosis was collected for respondents who reported using hypnosis in the past 12 months, including variables on frequency and cost of use. Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus and search function to explore these variables.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children of ages 4-17 who have ever used hypnosis but have never seen a practitioner or have not seen one in the past 12 months.


  • 2012