Codes and Frequencies
For sample children ages 0-17 (and, prior to 2019, children under age 18) who received Special Education or Early Intervention Services (LASPED), LASPEDEM indicates if the child received these services due to an emotional or behavioral problem.
The Field Representative's Manual for 2001 forward defined Special Education and Early Intervention Services as follows:
The term "emotional or behavioral problem" was respondent-defined. The Field Representative's Manual for 2001 forward informed interviewers that "problem is defined as the respondent's perception of a chronic, perhaps permanent, departure from physical, mental or emotional well being." Short-term disabilities (such as pregnancy or injuries with full recovery expected) were not to count as "problems." These details were not, however, routinely shared with respondents.
Prior to 2019 this variable is completely comparable over time.
The NHIS questionnaire was substantially redesigned in 2019 to introduce a different data collection structure and new content. For more information on changes in terminology, universes, and data collection methods beginning in 2019, please see the user note.
- 2001-2018: Persons under age 18 who receive special education or early intervention services.
- 2019-2021: Sample children ages 0-17 who currently receive special education services.