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Never been seriously ill


For children ages 0 to 17, NEVERILL reports if the child has never been seriously ill.

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NEVERILL is part of the General Health Subscale of the Child Health Questionnaire, which is collected on the Child Preventive Health Supplement. See LESSHLTHY for more information on the Child Preventive Health Supplement.

General Health Subscale 

NEVERILL is part of the General Health Subscale, which consists of five questions rating the child's health on a 5-point scale. Response options are: "Definitely True," "Mostly True," "Don't Know", "Mostly False," and "Definitely False." In addition to NEVERILL, questions on the General Health Subscale are:

  • LESSHLTHY: Less healthy than other children
  • HLTHYLIFE: Expect child to have healthy life
  • WRYHLTH: Worry about child's health more than normal

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  • 2001-2013: Children ages 0-17.


  • 2001-2013



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