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How often long sleeved shirt worn if outside on sunny day over 1 hour

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For all sample adults, SUN1LSS reports how frequently respondents would wear a long sleeved shirt when outside on a sunny day for more than one hour.


In 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008 but not 2010 and forward, respondents were shown a flashcard listing the acceptable response categories, which included, "Always," "Most of the time," "Sometimes," "Rarely," and "Never." In 2010 and forward, respondents were read the same response categories but were not shown a flashcard.

The question wording changed slightly over time. In 2000 and 2003, the question asked about, "a very sunny day." However from 2005 forward, the question asks about, "a warm sunny day."

In all years, the survey form instructed interviewers not to read the response category, "don't go out in the sun." If the respondent said that he/she did not go out into the sun, the Field Representative's Manual from 2000 instructed the interviewer to probe with, "What would happen if you did?" Similarly, the 2003 Manual instructed interviewers not to read the response category "don't go out in the sun" and to only mark it if the respondent "specifically tells you this." The 2005 and subsequent Manuals did not offer specific advice about this question.

For more information, please see SUN1HR.


The universe and response categories did not change over time. The supplemental interviewer instruction given in 2000 and 2003 may have possibly made interviewers less likely to accept "don't go out in the sun" as a response. Although researchers should be aware of these changes, responses should be generally comparable through time.


  • 2000; 2003; 2005; 2008; 2010; 2015: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2015