1992 National Health and Social Life Survey
Edward O. Laumann, Robert T. Michaels, John H. Gagnon and Stuart Michaels
The 1992 National Health and Social Life Survey (NHSLS) is the most comprehensive representative survey to date of sexual behavior in the United States general population. Conducted by a research team centered at the University of Chicago, the NHSLS was designed not only to determine the prevalence of various sexual practices, but also to examine the social and psychological contexts in which those practices occur. The NHSLS data set contains information on 1,604 variables gathered from interviews with a national probability sample of 3,432 American men and women between the ages of 18 and 59. The study explores the extent to which sexual conduct and general attitudes toward sexuality are influenced by gender, age, marital status, and other demographic characteristics. Among the numerous topics covered by the NHSLS are early sexual experiences, masturbation, contraception and fertility, sexual abuse, coercion, sexual health, satisfaction, sexual dysfunction and homosexuality.