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National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

Years Survey Included
Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM)-related Questions

2015 - Present

Survey Description

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is an annual nationwide survey that provides national and state-level data on the use of tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs (including non-medical use of prescription drugs) and mental health in the United States.

The primary objectives of NSDUH are to provide accurate data on the level and patterns of alcohol, tobacco and illegal substance use and abuse, track trends in the use of alcohol, tobacco and various types of drugs, assess the consequences of substance use and abuse and identify those groups at high risk for substance abuse.

The SGM-related questions are included in the Back-End Demographics and Household Roster sections of the survey.

Survey Sample Population

Every year, approximately 70,000 individuals will be randomly selected from all over the United States and asked to participate. NSDUH collects information from residents of households and noninstitutionalized group quarters (e.g., shelters, rooming houses, dormitories) and from civilians living on military bases, ages 12 and older. The survey excludes homeless persons who do not use shelters, military personnel on active duty, and residents of institutional group quarters, such as jails and hospitals. Sexual orientation and identity questions are asked only for respondents ages 18 and older.

Survey Mode

Each year, SAMHSA selects a survey research organization to administer the NSDUH. Then, a professional interviewer personally visits each selected person to administer the interview using a laptop computer.

Most of the survey questions are administered with audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI) as to provide the respondent with a highly private and confidential mode for responding about illicit drug use and other sensitive behaviors. Less sensitive items are administered by interviewers using computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI).

SGM-Related Survey Questions

Sexual Identity

(QD63) [IF CURNTAGE = 18 OR OLDER]

Which one of the following do you consider yourself to be?

Heterosexual, that is, straight [If R is female then Lesbian or] Gay Bisexual (Don’t Know) (Refused)
Question History: This is the only version of the question that has been used.

Sexual Attraction

(QD62) [IF CURNTAGE = 18 OR OLDER]

People are different in their sexual attraction to other people. Which statement best describes your feelings?

[If R is male] [If R is female]
I am only attracted to females I am only attracted to males
I am mostly attracted to females I am mostly attracted to males
I am equally attracted to females and males I am equally attracted to males and females
I am not sure I am not sure
Don't know Don't know
Refused Refused
Question History: This is the only version of the question that has been used.

Sexual Behavior

There are currently no questions asked in this category.

Gender Identity

There are currently no questions asked in this category. Gender is subjectively assigned by interviewer.

Household Relationships

PERAGEYR [IF QD54 = 2 - 25]

Now I need some additional information about each person who lives here.

PERYRSEX [IF PERAGEYR = 2 - 110]

Is the [PERAGEYR FILL]-year old person male or female?

5 MALE 9 FEMALE
DK/REF
PERSEX [IF PERAGEYR = DK/REF]

Is this person a male or a female?

5 MALE 9 FEMALE
DK/REF
MRELATON
[IF CHMONSEX OR CHYRSEX OR PERYRSEX OR PERSEX = 5] HAND R SHOWCARD 6.

Please look at this card and tell me which category best describes his relationship to you.

INTERVIEWER NOTE: If it is clear to you that the respondent is talking about/rostering themselves, you may say “Is that you?” If the answer is Yes, enter “1" for “SELF”. Exchange families (exchange students or people who are hosting exchange students) should be considered “other non-relatives.”
1 SELF 2 FATHER (INCLUDES STEP, FOSTER, ADOPTIVE)
3 SON (INCLUDES STEP, FOSTER, ADOPTIVE) 4 BROTHER (INCLUDES HALF, STEP, FOSTER, ADOPTIVE)
5 HUSBAND 6 UNMARRIED PARTNER
7 HOUSEMATE OR ROOMMATE 8 SON-IN-LAW
9 GRANDSON 10 FATHER-IN-LAW
11 GRANDFATHER 12 BOARDER OR ROOMER
13 OTHER RELATIVE 14 OTHER NON-RELATIVE
DK/REF
Question History: These are the only questions that have been used.

Response Rates

Below are the response rates and sample sizes for the 2015 NSDUH. They are organized by the demographic characteristics of the participants.

Response Rates and Sample Sizes for 2015 NSDUHs, by Demographic Characteristics

Demographic Characteristic Selected Individuals Completed Interviews Weighted Response Rate
TOTAL 94,499 68,073 69.25%
AGE IN YEARS
12-17 21,859 16,955 77.66%
18-25 23,211 17,215 74.45%
26 or Older 49,429 33,903 67.36%
GENDER
Male 46,348 32,484 67.19%
Female 48,151 35,589 71.21%
RACE/ETHNICITY
Hispanic 16,294 12,291 72.31%
White 58,741 41,176 67.94%
Black 10,704 8,435 76.08%
All Other Races 8,760 6,171 63.10%
REGION
Northeast 18,988 13,026 65.61%
Midwest 22,523 15,890 68.39%
South 30,920 22,768 70.93%
West 22,239 16,389 70.09%
COUNTY TYPE
Large Metropolitan 43,046 30,275 67.59%
Small Metropolitan 32,319 23,361 71.17%
Nonmetropolitan 19,134 14,147 71.50%

NOTE: Estimates are based on demographic information obtained from screener data and are not consistent with estimates on demographic characteristics presented in the 2015 set of detailed tables.

Source: SAMHSA, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2015.

Survey Links

Questionnaires

This survey can be found under ‘Methodology & Questionnaires’ tab, by clicking on ‘NSDUH Methodological Resource Book (MRB)’.
http://www.samhsa.gov/data/population-data-nsduh/reports?tab=38

Data

This information can be found on the main NSDUH website under ‘Survey Results’. Under ‘Survey Results’, the results from 2017 can be accessed by choosing ‘Latest Survey Results’. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/nsduh/reports-detailed-tables-2017-NSDUH

From the SAMHSA website, results can be accessed by clicking the ‘Data’ subhead and finding the ‘Type of Data’ section. Once in this section, choose ‘Population Data/NSDUH’. https://www.samhsa.gov/data/population-data-nsduh/reports?tab=38


Also on the SAMHSA website, reports and detailed tables from the 2015 NSDUH can be accessed by choosing ‘Topics’ and finding ‘Data, Outcomes, and Quality’. Once there, click ‘Major Data Collections’ to find the 2015 information. https://www.samhsa.gov/samhsa-data-outcomes-quality/major-data-collections/reports-detailed-tables-2015-NSDUH


General Information: https://nsduhweb.rti.org/respweb/about_nsduh.html


FAQ’s: https://nsduhweb.rti.org/respweb/faq.html

References

About Population Data/NSDUH. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. United States Department of Health and Human Services. (2016). https://www.samhsa.gov/data/data-we-collect/nsduh-national-survey-drug-use-and-health

National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Substance Abuse and Mental Service Administration. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. RTI International. (2017)
https://nsduhweb.rti.org/respweb/homepage.cfm

RTI International. Research Triangle Institute. (2017)
http://www.rti.org/about-us

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