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Frequency used tranquilizers or sedatives, past 3 months

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For sample persons under age 18 who took tranquilizers and sedatives in the past 2 weeks (MTRAN2W), MTRAN2WFREQ reports the frequency the person took or used the medication during the past 3 months. MTRAN2WFREQ is part of the "Medicine Use" section of the 1981 Child Health Supplement.

Related Variables about Tranquilizer or Sedative Use 

For those who respond "yes" to MTRAN2W, the following information is also collected:

  • The main health problem the respondent used the tranquilizer or sedative for (MTRAN2WPROB),
  • Whether the respondent obtained the tranquilizer or sedative via prescription (MTRAN2WRX), and
  • Whether a doctor recommended the use of the tranquilizer or sedative (MTRAN2WDREC)

For a complete list of the medicines asked about in the Medicine Use section, please see MALL2W.


There are no comparability issues.


  • 1981: Sample persons under age 18 who took tranquilizers or sedatives in past two weeks (MTRAN2W).


  • 1981