010000 PERSONAL CARE

Category Description

This category captures time the respondent spends sleeping, grooming, providing self-care, and doing sexual activities. Respondents are not asked WHO they were with or WHERE they were for sleeping (010100), grooming (010200), and personal (sexual) activities (010400), as such information is sensitive for these activities.

Activity Coding Rules

Exercising for medical conditions

2003: Code as Sports, Exercise, and Recreation/Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation/specific sport (130100). For example, code weightlifting exercises prescribed by a physical therapist for a medical condition as weightlifting.

2004+: If it is clear from the verbatim that physical therapy exercising is done specifically for medical reasons, code as Health-related self-care (010301). If the purpose is not clear, code as Sports, Exercise, and Recreation/Participating in Sports, Exercise, or Recreation/specific sport (130100). For example, code weightlifting exercises as weightlifting. (Updated: February 2004)

Insomnia

2003+: Code as Sleeplessness (010102). Exception: If the respondent mentions thinking or worrying, code as Socializing, Relaxing, and Leisure/Relaxing and Leisure/Relaxing, thinking (120301).

Kissing hello or goodbye

2003+: Code as Socializing, Relaxing, and Leisure/Socializing and Communicating/Socializing and communicating with others (120101), not as Personal Care/Personal Activities.

Meditating

2003+: Code as Personal Care/Health-Related Self Care/Health-related self-care (010301). Exception: If verbatim specifically mentions Meditating for religious purposes, code as Religious and Spiritual Activities/Religious or Spiritual Practices/Participation in religious practices (140102).

Passive activities

2003+: Passive activities such as "my daughter trimmed my hair," "my wife gave me a massage," or "a friend rubbed suntan lotion on me" should be coded as personal care activities. Exception: Passive activities involving "waiting" and "watching" should be coded according to who the respondent was watching or waiting for. See Miscellaneous Rules for more information.

Resting

2003+: Code as Socializing, Relaxing, and Leisure/Relaxing and Leisure/Relaxing, thinking (120301).

Resting because of illness or injury

2003+: Code as Personal Care/Health-Related Self Care/Health-related self-care (010301), not as sleeping or relaxing.

Getting a haircut from spouse/friend/other (unpaid)

2005-2006: Code as Personal Care/Grooming/Washing, dressing, and grooming oneself (010201). (Added: November 2004)

2007+: Code as Personal Care/Grooming/Grooming, n.e.c. (010299). (Revised: January 2007)