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Used stress management class, past 12 months

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For sample adults in 2007 who had ever used stress management classes (RELRELAXEV) and for sample children in 2007, RELSTRESYR reports whether the person had used stress management classes in the past 12 months.

Relaxation techniques--including meditation, deep breathing exercises, guided imagery, progressive relaxation, stress management classes, and support group meetings--were one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the 2007 Alternative Health Supplement. For the full list of alternative health treatments covered in the NHIS, and for general background information about the Alternative Health Supplements, see ACUYR.

In 2007, if sample adults gave a positive response to RELSTRESYR (or, in either 2002 or 2007, to the comparable variables RELMEDYR, RELGIMYR, RELBRETHYR, RELRELAXYR, or RELSUPYR [also 2007 only], which cover use of other relaxation techniques in the past 12 months), they were asked a series of follow-up questions (see RELMEDYR).

In addition, both sample children (2007 only) and sample adults (both 2002 and 2007) who had used any of the six specified relaxation techniques in the past 12 months were asked whether the techniques were used to treat a specific medical condition and, if so, what that condition was (see RELTREAT).


The 2007 Field Representative's Manual says that stress management:

refers to a variety of techniques used to cope with and reduce psychological stress and the body's reaction to it. These techniques can include anything from controlling one's diet and exercise habits to using stress balls.

In 2007 field representatives were advised to "feel free to offer [this definition] even if the respondent has not requested [it]."


The question wording for RELSTRESYR differs slightly between sample adults and sample children.


In 2007, sample adults were asked, "During the past 12 months, did you use stress management classes for yourself?"

The 2007 question for sample children asked, "During the past 12 months did [sample child's name] use any of the following relaxation or stress management techniques? Please say yes or no to each. ... Stress management class?"


  • 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever used stress management class and sample children under 18.


  • 2007