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Protocol - Educational Attainment - Individual

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Description

The interviewer asks the respondent or proxy about his or her education completed to date. The respondent is asked to indicate the highest grade level or degree received at the time of the interview. A card with the categories printed on it is provided to the respondent for him or her to indicate one of the applicable categories.

Specific Instructions

Although the question doesn't include the words "to date" after highest level of education completed, it is implied. The respondent may give a questionable response such as "I am almost finished with my GED." In this situation, the question should be repeated and the interviewer should ask the respondent the grade he or she completed before he or she returned to> 

Protocol

What is the highest grade or level of school you have completed or the highest degree you have received? [HAND CARD, READ HAND CARD CATEGORIES IF NECESSARY. ENTER HIGHEST LEVEL OF SCHOOL.]

0[ ]NEVER ATTENDED/KINDERGARTEN ONLY;

1[ ]1ST GRADE;

2[ ]2ND GRADE;

3[ ]3RD GRADE;

4[ ]4TH GRADE;

5[ ]5TH GRADE;

6[ ]6TH GRADE;

7[ ]7TH GRADE;

8[ ]8TH GRADE;

9[ ]9TH GRADE;

10[ ]10TH GRADE;

11[ ]11TH GRADE;

12[ ]12TH GRADE, NO DIPLOMA;

13[ ]HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE;

14[ ]GED OR EQUIVALENT;

15[ ]SOME COLLEGE, NO DEGREE;

16[ ]ASSOCIATE DEGREE: OCCUPATIONAL, TECHNICAL, OR VOCATIONAL PROGRAM;

17[ ]ASSOCIATE DEGREE: ACADEMIC PROGRAM;

18[ ]BACHELOR'S DEGREE (EXAMPLE: BA, AB, BS, BBA);

19[ ]MASTER'S DEGREE (EXAMPLE: MA, MS, MEng, MEd, MBA);

20[ ]PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL DEGREE (EXAMPLE: MD, DDS, DVM, JD);

21[ ]DOCTORAL DEGREE (EXAMPLE: PhD, EdD);

77[ ]REFUSED;

99[ ]DON'T KNOW

Protocol Name from Source

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), Demographics Module, 2019-2020

Availability

Available

Personnel and Training Required

No specific training is needed if data are collected through a self-administered questionnaire. If interviewers administer the questionnaire, the interviewer must be trained to conduct personal interviews with individuals from the general population and found competent to administer these particular questions (i.e., tested by an expert) at the completion of this training. The interviewer should be trained to prompt respondents further if a "don't know" response is provided.

Equipment Needs

The PhenX Working Group acknowledges these questions can be administered in a computerized or noncomputerized format (i.e., paper-and-pencil instrument). Computer software is necessary to develop computer-assisted instruments. The interviewer will require a laptop computer/handheld computer to administer a computer-assisted questionnaire.

Requirements
Requirement CategoryRequired
Major equipment No
Specialized training No
Specialized requirements for biospecimen collection No
Average time of greater than 15 minutes in an unaffected individual No
Mode of Administration

Interviewer-administered questionnaire

Life Stage

Infant, Toddler, Child, Adolescent, Adult, Senior, Pregnancy

Participants

Any age. May be asked of a proxy.

Selection Rationale

Education is correlated with occupation and income, which taken together are useful epidemiologic predictors of health status. Vetted against education questions found in other instruments, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) question was selected because it included the most comprehensive list of response categories.

Language

English, Spanish

Standards
StandardNameIDSource
Common Data Elements (CDE) Person Education Level Type 2674076 CDE Browser
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) Current educ attainment proto 63056-6 LOINC
Derived Variables

None

Process and Review

The Expert Review Panel #2 (ERP 2) reviewed the measures in the Demographics, Environmental Exposures, and Social Environments domains.

Guidance from ERP 2 includes:

  • Changed the name of the measure
  • Updated protocol

Back compatible: no changes to Data Dictionary

Previous version in Toolkit archive (link)

        

Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), Demographics Module, 2019–2020. Atlanta, GA: Author. Question number: DMQ.141.

General References

Public Population Project in Genomics (P3G) Data Shaper.

Protocol ID

11002

Variables
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Variable Name Variable IDVariable DescriptiondbGaP Mapping
Demographics
Measure Name

Educational Attainment - Individual

Release Date

August 1, 2020

Definition

Question asking the respondent for his or her highest educational attainment at the current time.

Purpose

Education is correlated to occupation and income and is one of the key components of combined measures of "socioeconomic status."

Keywords

Demographics, National Center for Health Statistics, NCHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, education, school, college, university, graduate, student, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, NHANES