CAPS National Sexual Health Survey (NSHS)

Background:

The National Sexual Health Survey (NSHS) is national telephone survey of adults 18 years and older residing in the 48 contiguous states. Measures were developed to assess a wide range of HIV-related and human sexuality topics including, but not limited to, the following: condom attitudes, condom slips and breaks, HIV-related caregiving, HIV testing and home testing use, STD histories, perceived risk for HIV and other STDs and optimistic bias assessments, extramarital sex, sexual development, sexual abuse and rape, and sexual dysfunctions. The survey also employed various psychological scales (sensation-seeking, machismo) and collected family assessments and history, health information and demographics, and a detailed assessment of sexual activities with each of the respondent’s sexual partners in the past year up to a total of 10 partners. In addition, demographic, geographic, and HIV/STD risk characteristics of sexual partners were determined.

Psychometrics:

For information on reliability and validity see article:

Catania JA, Coates TJ, Stall R, Turner HA, Peterson J, Hearst N, Dolcini MM, Hudes E, Gagnon J, Wiley J, Groves R (1992). Prevalence of AIDS-related risk factors and condom use in the United States. Science, 258, 1101–1106.

Author of Tool:

Centre for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS)

Key references:

Catania JA, Coates TJ, Stall R, Turner HA, Peterson J, Hearst N, Dolcini MM, Hudes E, Gagnon J, Wiley J, Groves R (1992). Prevalence of AIDS-related risk factors and condom use in the United States. Science, 258, 1101–1106.

Primary use / Purpose:

Measures a wide range of HIV-related and human sexuality topics

Files:

CAPS National Sexual Health Survey (NSHS)

CAPS National Sexual Health Survey (screen)

Hello this is (INTERVIEWER’S NAME), I'm calling from the University of California. We are conducting a study of important national public health issues and would like to ask you a few questions. Before I begin, is this (PHONE NUMBER DIALED)?

  1. I need to randomly select one adult from your household. To help me do that, please think about the people 18 years of age or older, who currently live in your household. Which one of them has a birthday coming up next?

    Informant ..............................................................[SKIP TO S5] 1

    Someone else .......................................................[SKIP TO S3] 2

    Don’t know all birthdays, only some ...............[CONTINUE WITH S2] 3

    Don’t know any birthdays, just mine...............[SKIP TO S5] 4

    Declined to Answer 9

  2. Of the birthdays you DO know, whose birthday is coming up next?

    Informant ..............................................................[SKIP TO S5] 1

    Someone else .......................................................[CONTINUE WITH S3] 2

  3. May I speak to (him/her)?

    I’ll get (him/her) ...................................................[SKIP TO S5] 1

    (He/She) is not at home ......................................[CONTINUE WITH S4] 2

  4. Call Back Information:4A. If respondent CANNOT DO INTERVIEW NOW, OR

    If respondent IS NOT AT HOME, ask:

    May I please have (your/their) first name, so I know who to ask for when I call back?

                                                                       (R’s Name)

    What is the best time to call (YOU/NAME OF RESPONDENT)?

    DATE: _______________ TIME: _______________AM PM

    Should I call this number then?

    Yes 1

    No ..........................[RECORD OTHER NUMBER FOR CALL BACK] 2

    (                                                               

    4B. Confirm date and time and phone number for call back. Thank you very much.

  5. We are conducting a health study and we are talking about the topic of AIDS. This information will be used by medical and public health workers to plan AIDS education for your community. You have been selected to be included in the study from among the adult members of your household. All your answers are confidential, and at no time will your name be associated with the answers you give. If you do not want to answer a certain question, you are free to go on to the next question, but we would really appreciate it if you would answer all the questions, you can. (INTERVIEWER: When asked for more information say, "If you have questions about the study, you may call my supervisor Veronica Raymonda at 1-800-998- 9112.”)Do you understand what I have told you?

    Yes 1

    No 2

    Date:                                                                          

    Time:                                                                         

    Initials of interviewer:                                                  

  6. What is your birthdate?        /       /      (Month/Day/Year)

(Respondents born in 1977 and earlier are eligible. If R born in 1977, month and date of birth should be BEFORE current date. If not, return to S1.)

INTERVIEWER: Please record...

Gender of Selected Respondent:

Male 1

Female 2

Screener Interviewer ID                            

DATE OF SCREENING        /      (Month/Day)