For adults aged 18 and older, ADDOWN indicates how much of the time in the last four weeks the respondent felt downhearted and depressed. ADDOWN is one of a set of variables comprising the Short-Form 12 Version 2 measure of health status on the SAQ. For related variables and more information, please see ADDAYA.
Codes and Frequencies
Beginning in 2017, MEPS transitioned to using the Veteran's Rand 12-item (VR-12) measure of health status instead of the SF-12, and replaced ADDOWN with ADPRST. ADPRST is identical to ADDOWN except that, instead of using a five-point response scale, it uses a six-point response scale.
- 2003-2016: Adults aged 18 and older.
- 2003-2016 : SAQWEIGHT