Portraits of American Life Study
Hosted by The ARDA
The PALS seeks to understand the impact of religion in everyday life, and ultimately the connections between religious change and other forms of change among diverse individuals and families over the course of their lives.
Results & Summaries

Health

  All frequencies weighted by PAWT2


Would you say your health in general is excellent, very good, good, fair, or poor? (HM_1)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know10
1) Excellent48318.5
2) Very good90334.7
3) Good66625.6
4) Fair41115.8
5) Poor1385.3
Missing5 
TOTAL2604100.0
Do you have any physical or nervous condition that limits the type of work or the amount of work you can do? (HM_2)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know6.2
1) Yes62223.9
2) No197575.8
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
Has a doctor ever told you that you have or had high blood pressure, hypertension, diabetes, or high blood sugar? (HM_3)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know00
1) Yes85532.8
2) No174767.1
Missing5 
TOTAL2604100.0
Has a doctor ever told you that you have or had cancer or a malignant tumor, excluding skin cancer? (HM_4)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know2.1
1) Yes1666.4
2) No243593.5
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
Has a doctor ever told you that you have or had chronic lung disease such as bronchitis or emphysema? (HM_5)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know10
1) Yes27010.4
2) No233289.5
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
Has a doctor ever told you that you have or had a heart attack or stroke? (HM_6)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know10
1) Yes1646.3
2) No243893.6
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
Has a doctor ever told you that you have or had coronary heart disease, angina, congestive heart failure or other heart problems? (HM_7)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.1
1) Yes2308.8
2) No237291.1
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
Has a doctor ever told you that you have or had an ulcer? (HM_8)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.1
-4) Don't know00
1) Yes26510.2
2) No233789.7
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
Has a doctor ever told you that you have or had arthritis or rheumatism? (HM_9)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.1
-4) Don't know4.2
1) Yes70927.2
2) No188972.5
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
Has a doctor ever told you that you have or had asthma? (HM_10)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know2.1
1) Yes37014.2
2) No223185.6
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
Thinking about your current physical problems, how much do these limit your normal daily activities? (HM_11)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.1
-4) Don't know10
1) A lot2389.1
2) Somewhat35913.8
3) Just a little45417.4
4) Not at all155059.5
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
Has a doctor ever told you that you have or had any emotional, nervous, or psychiatric problems? (HM_12)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused5.2
1) Yes39415.1
2) No220584.7
Missing5 
TOTAL2604100.0
Do you currently have any emotional, nervous, or psychiatric problems? (HM_13)
TOTAL%
-4) Don't know00
1) Yes23760.2
2) No15739.8
Missing2216 
TOTAL394100.0
How much do emotional, nervous, or psychiatric problems currently limit your normal daily activities? (HM_14)
TOTAL%
1) A lot389.6
2) Somewhat7819.8
3) A little9123.1
4) Not at all18747.5
Missing2216 
TOTAL394100.0
How often, if at all, do you participate in light physical activity-such as walking, dancing, gardening, golfing, bowling, etc.? (HM_15)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
1) Never1816.9
2) A few times a year1766.8
3) About once a month1345.1
4) More than once a month1234.7
5) About once a week31812.2
6) More than once a week64324.7
7) About once a day69426.6
8) More than once a day33512.9
Missing5 
TOTAL2606100.0
How often, if at all, do you participate in vigorous physical activity or sports-such as heavy housework, aerobics, running, swimming, or bicycling? (HM_16)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
1) Never53120.4
2) A few times a year2539.7
3) About once a month2349
4) More than once a month1535.9
5) About once a week38414.8
6) More than once a week56021.5
7) About once a day32112.3
8) More than once a day1656.3
Missing5 
TOTAL2603100.0
Have you smoked one hundred or more cigarettes in your life? (HM_17)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know00
1) Yes125648.2
2) No134651.7
Missing5 
TOTAL2604100.0
On average, how many cigarettes per day do you smoke? (HM_18)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused1.1
-4) Don't know3.2
0) None64451.3
1) 1-51159.2
2) 6-1015112
3) 11-15715.7
4) 16-2018614.8
5) More than 20856.8
Missing1354 
TOTAL1256100.0
Did you ever smoke cigarettes regularly? (HM_19)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
1) Yes59430.7
2) No134069.2
Missing674 
TOTAL1936100.0
Do you ever drink any alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, liquor? (HM_20)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know10
1) Yes185771.3
2) No74428.6
Missing5 
TOTAL2604100.0
[IF HM_20=2 OR DK/RF SKIP TO HM_22] On average, do you have less than one alcoholic drink a day, one to two drinks a day, three to four drinks a day, or five or more drinks a day? (HM_21)
TOTAL%
-4) Don't know3.2
1) Less than 1140675.7
2) One or two33718.1
3) Three or four774.1
4) 5 or more351.9
Missing753 
TOTAL1858100.0
For the next few questions, please think about the past twelve months. In the past twelve months, have you ever had two weeks or longer when nearly every day you felt sad, empty, or depressed for most of the day? (HM_24)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know2.1
1) Yes72127.7
2) No188072.2
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
In the past twelve months, have you ever had two weeks or longer when nearly every day you felt worthless? (HM_25)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know5.2
1) Yes38314.7
2) No221585
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
In the past twelve months, have you ever had two weeks or longer when nearly every day you felt hopeless? (HM_26)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know6.2
1) Yes37014.2
2) No222785.5
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: You yourself suffered a serious illness, injury, or an assault? (HM_27)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.1
-4) Don't know3.1
1) Yes57422
2) No202577.7
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: A serious illness, injury or assault happened to a close relative or spouse/partner? (HM_28)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know5.2
1) Yes121046.5
2) No138753.3
Missing5 
TOTAL2604100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: Your parent, child, or spouse died? (HM_29)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know00
1) Yes40715.6
2) No219584.3
Missing5 
TOTAL2604100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: A close family friend or another relative (aunt, cousin, grandparent) died? (HM_30)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know3.1
1) Yes161462
2) No98637.9
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: You had a separation due to marital difficulties? (HM_31)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.1
-4) Don't know00
1) Yes1858.9
2) No190091
Missing522 
TOTAL2088100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: You broke off a steady, romantic relationship? (HM_32)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused3.1
-4) Don't know10
1) Yes40315.5
2) No219884.4
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: You had a serious problem with a close friend, neighbor, or relative? (HM_33)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know00
1) Yes55221.2
2) No205078.7
Missing5 
TOTAL2604100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: You had a serious problem with someone in your congregation? (HM_34)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know8.5
1) Yes704.7
2) No139894.6
Missing1133 
TOTAL1478100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: You became unemployed or you were seeking work unsuccessfully for more than one month? (HM_35)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know10
1) Yes51819.9
2) No208380
Missing5 
TOTAL2604100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: You were fired from your job? (HM_36)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know00
1) Yes1405.4
2) No246294.5
Missing5 
TOTAL2604100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: You had a major financial crisis? (HM_37)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know2.1
1) Yes61223.5
2) No198976.4
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0
In the past three years, have you had any of the following life events or problems happened to you: You had problems with the police or you had to make a court appearance? [NOTE: DO NOT INCLUDE MINOR TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS SUCH AS SPEEDING OR RUNNING STOP SIGNS] (HM_38)
TOTAL%
-7) Refused2.1
-4) Don't know10
1) Yes2559.8
2) No234790.1
Missing5 
TOTAL2605100.0


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