TABLE 2-1 Review of National Surveys Providing Information About Emotional and Behavioral Disorders in Youth

Survey and Agency

Relevant Information Collected

Design and Comments

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)

Agency: National Center for Health Statistics (CDC)

Adult respondent is asked whether a doctor has ever told the respondents that the child has mental retardation, developmental delay, ADHD, or autism, or if a school or health professional has said that the child had a learning disability.

In 2001, 2002, and 2003, ~10,000 adults completed 25-item Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) for children ages 4-17.

From 2007 on, 3-5 mental health questions asked (depending on child’s age and sex). No diagnostic information.

Cross-sectional household interview survey. Sampling and interviewing continuous throughout each year. Multistage area probability design. Oversampling of both blacks and Hispanics. Sample size ~43,000 households (~106,000 persons) annually. For children, information provided by a responsible adult family member.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)

Agency: National Center for Health Statistics (CDC)


12+/Depression screener/(CAPI)/2005, 2006

12-19/Alcohol use/(ACASI)/1999 on

12-19/Conduct disorders/(ACASI)/1999 on

12+/Drug use/(ACASI)/1999 on

12-19/Tobacco use/(ACASI)/1999 on

8-19/Eating disorders/(CDISC)/2000-2004


8-19/Panic and anxiety/(CDISC)/1999-2004

8-15/ADHD/(parent CDISC)/2000-2004

8-15/Conduct disorders/(parent CDISC)/2000-2004

8-15/Depression/(parent CDISC)/2000-2004

8-15/Eating disorders/(parent CDISC)/2000-2004

8-11/Elimination disorders/(parent CDISC)/2000-2004

No data yet published.

Examines a nationally representative sample of about 5,000 persons each year. 15 counties are visited each year.

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