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How likely to wear protective clothes worn if outside on sunny day over 1 hour

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For sample adults, SUN1PROT reports how likely the respondent was to wear protective clothes if outside on a sunny day for more than one hour.

The format of the question changed slightly between 1992 and 1998, but the response categories and universe were the same. The Field Representative's Manual from 1992 defines protective clothing as, "Any clothing that blocks the sun from the sun." If the respondent stated that they did not go out in the sun, the 1992 Manual also directed interviewers to, "Ask what would happen IF he/she were out in the sun."


Although the supplemental instruction given to interviewers changed between 1992 and 1998, the universe and response categories were the same. While researchers should be aware of these changes, SUN1PROT is generally comparable across years.


  • 1992: Half of sample persons age 18+ in quarters 1 and 2, and in 2 weeks of quarter 3 (excluded from CAEP supplement).
  • 1998: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 1992, 1998