Codes and Frequencies
YTQIGYR reports whether the person had practiced Qi gong in the past 12 months. Please see the Comparability and Universe Tabs for more information on changes to the universe of this variable over time.
Yoga, Tai chi, and Qi gong were one of many alternative health treatment modalities included in the Complementary and Alternative Health Supplements. In some years, if persons gave a positive response to YTQIGYR, they were asked a series of follow-up questions in some years.
The 2002 Field Representative's Manual provides the following definition:
This definition was not routinely shared with respondents.
The 2007 and later Field Representative's Manuals provide a truncated version of that definition:
Beginning in 2007, field representatives were advised to "feel free to offer [this definition] even if the respondent has not requested [it]."
Aside from slight changes in the universe, this variable is comparable over time.
In 2002, 2007, and 2012, sample adults 18 and older were first asked whether they had ever practiced Qi gong (YTQIGEV) and, for those who indicated that they had, YTQIGYR records whether they had practiced Qi gong in the past 12 months. In 2017, the initial question asking about whether sample adults had ever practiced Qi gong was not asked. Instead, all sample adults aged 18 and older were asked whether they had practiced Qi gong in the past 12 months.
In 2007, sample children were added to the universe for this question. In 2007 and 2017, the person responding for the sample child was asked whether the child had practiced Qi gong in the past 12 months. In 2012, the respondent was first asked whether the sample child had ever practiced Qi gong and then asked whether the child had practiced Qi gong in the past 12 months. In 2007, respondents for sample children under age 18 were asked about Qi gong, and in 2012 and 2017 respondents for sample children aged 4 and older were asked about Qi gong.
- 2002: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever practiced qi gong for their own health.
- 2007: Sample adults age 18+ who have ever practiced qi gong and sample children under 18.
- 2012: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children age 4+ who have ever practiced qi gong.
- 2017: Sample adults age 18+ and sample children age 4+.
- 2002, 2007, 2012, 2017