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Special Topics

The NHES regularly fields early childhood, school-age, and adult surveys. In addition to these topics, NHES occasionally fields surveys on topics of special interest to the Department of Education that are not intended to be repeated. Past surveys are described below.

Civic Involvement

Civic Involvement surveys were conducted in 1996 and 1999. The 1996 Adult survey asked about sources of information on government and national issues, civic participation, and knowledge and attitudes about government. The 1996 Youth and Parent surveys asked about opportunities that youth have to develop personal responsibilities and civic involvement. The 1999 Youth Survey expanded on the 1996 Youth Civic Involvement Survey by including more questions about youth service activities.

Household and Library Use

The 1996 Household and Library Use Survey collected demographic and education information about individual household members, as well as the following information on household use of public libraries:

  • proximity to a public library
  • borrowing of materials
  • use of the library for schoolwork
  • attending children's activities sponsored by the library
  • use of the library for enjoyment or hobbies
  • use of the library for course-taking
  • use of the library for job-seeking

School Safety and Discipline

In the 1993 School Safety and Discipline Survey, interviews were conducted with parents of children in grades 3 through 12 and with youth in grades 6 through 12. The following topics were covered:

  • school learning environment
  • school discipline policies
  • safety at school
  • victimization at school
  • alcohol and drug availability and use
  • alcohol and drug education
  • peer norms for behavior