Codes and Frequencies
For sample adults and children in 2007 and 2012 who had ever seen a practitioner for Alexander Technique (MOVALEX), MOVALEXYR reports whether the person had used Alexander Technique in the past 12 months.
Movement techniques--including Alexander Technique, Feldenkreis, Pilates, and Trager Psychophysical Integration--were one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the 2007 and 2012 Complementary and Alternative Health Supplements. If sample respondents gave a positive response to MOVALEXYR, they were asked a series of follow-up questions.
In all years, the Field Representative's Manual defines Alexander Technique as:
In all years, the field representatives were advised to "feel free to offer [this definition] even if the respondent has not requested [it]."
In all years, the survey question asked whether the person had seen "a practitioner or teacher" for Alexander Technique in the past 12 months. In all years, the Manual defines an "alternative provider or practitioner" as:
Additional information about use of Alexander Technique was collected for respondents who reported using Alexander Technique in the past 12 months, including variables on frequency of use and amount of out-of-pocket costs. Please use the IPUMS NHIS drop-down menus and search function to learn more about these variables.
In 2007, sample children were added to the universe for this question. In 2007 only, the sample child universe was not restricted by if the sample child had ever seen a practitioner for Alexander Technique (MOVALEX). Because of this expanded universe, the number of negative responses for MOVALEXYR is much higher in 2007. Otherwise, there are no comparability issues.
- 2007: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children under 18 who have ever seen a practitioner for Alexander Technique.
- 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children ages 4-17 who have ever seen a practitioner for Alexander Technique.
- 2007, 2012