0600 ADULT CARE, CIVIC, VOLUNTARY AND RELIGIOUS ACTIVITY

Category Description

This category captures time the respondent spends in adult care as well as civic, voluntary and religious activities. This includes adult care (0640), general voluntary activities (0641), political and civic activity (0642), union and professional activities (0643), volunteering for child or family organization (0644), volunteering for fraternal organization (0645), other formal volunteering (0646), activities for religious organizations (0648), as well as worshiping and religious activities (0649).

  • 0640 ADULT CARE

    Category Description

    This includes time spent in care to adults.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1975-76: The period also includes the following examples:

    Category examples
    Medical care to adults in household
    Non-medical care to adult from household
    Help/care for adult from other household
    Help/care for neighbors or friends
    Help or care for unspecified adults

    1985: The period comprises of the following examples:

    Category examples
    Medical care to adults in household
    Non-medical care to adults in household
    Routine non-medical care to adults in household: "got my wife up," "ran a bath for my husband"
    Help and care to relatives not living in household
    Helping caring for, providing for needs of relatives; (except travel)
    Helping move, bringing food, assisting in emergencies, doing housework for relatives
    Visiting when sick
    Help and care to neighbors, friends
    Help and care to others, unknown relationship to respondent

    1992-94, 1998-01: The period is categorized under personal needs and care; help and care.

    2003+: Time in adult care broadly includes the following main categories: caring for household adults, helping household adults, caring for and helping non household children, activities related to non-household children's education/health, caring for non-household adults, and helping non-household adults. Listed are the category examples:

    Category examples
    Bathing household adult
    Cutting household adult's hair
    Dressing/Feeding household adult
    Getting household adult ready to go somewhere
    Helping household adult dress
    Providing physical aid to household adult
    Putting household adult to bed
    Waking household adult
    Visiting household adult in hospital (2003-2004)
    Checking on household adult
    Monitoring/Supervising household adult
    Bandaging household adult
    Giving household adult medicine
    Waiting to meet a household adult's care provider
    Waiting while doctor examines household adult
    Waiting with household adult at hospital/physician's office
    Helping household adult with computer, taxes/bills
    Running errands for household adult (not self)
    Shopping for household adult (not self)
    Making things for household adult
    Organizing parties for household adult
    Packing household adult's bags
    Planning activities/events/parties for household adult
    Dropping household adult off at senior center
    Picking up household adult from household adult's event
    Waiting for household adult to get ready
    Waiting to pick up household adult
    Bathing non-household child
    Carrying non-household child/baby
    Changing non-household child's diapers
    Cuddling non-household child
    Cutting non-household child's hair
    Drawing a bath for non-household child
    Dressing non-household child
    Feeding non-household child
    Getting non-household child ready to go somewhere
    Giving non-household child a bottle
    Holding non-household child
    Laying out clothes for non-household child
    Preparing a shower for non-household child
    Putting non-household child to bed
    Rocking non-household child
    Soothing non-household child/baby
    Tucking in non-household child
    Waking non-household child
    Listening to a non-household child read
    Reading to non-household children
    Reading with non-household children
    Entertaining non-household child
    Giving non-household child a piggyback ride
    Horsing around with non-household child
    Playing games with non-household child only
    Playing with non-household child
    Singing/dancing with non-household child
    Tickling non-household child
    Building model planes with non-household child
    Making holiday decorations with non-household child
    Organizing coin collection with non-household child
    Playing basketball with non-household child
    Riding bikes with non-household child
    Fussing at/scolding non-household child
    Hearing about non-household child's day
    Lecturing non-household child
    Listening to a non-household child sing
    Praying with non-household child (2007-2011)
    Singing to non-household child
    Singing with non-household child
    Talking with non-household child
    Telling non-household child to brush teeth
    Telling non-household child to get ready for bed
    Helping a non-household child do something
    Showing non-household child how to do something
    Teaching non-household child manners/proper eating habits
    Teaching non-household child proper hygiene
    Teaching non-household child to cook
    Teaching non-household child to tie shoelaces
    Helping with party for non-household child
    Making costumes for non-household child
    Organizing activities for non-household child
    Packing non-household child's bag
    Planning activities/party/play dates for non-household child
    Signing non-household child up for activities
    Unpacking non-household child's bag
    Checking on non-household child
    Keeping tabs on non-household child
    Monitoring non-household child
    Supervising non-household child
    Supervising non-household child swimming
    Watching but not interacting with non-household child
    Checking on non-household child
    Keeping tabs on non-household child
    Monitoring non-household child
    Supervising non-household child
    Supervising non-household child swimming
    Watching but not interacting with non-household child
    Waiting for non-household child to finish his/her activity
    Waiting for non-household child to get ready
    Waiting for school bus with non-household child
    Waiting to pick up non-household child
    Dropping off non-household child at babysitter's
    Dropping off non-household child at friend's house
    Dropping off non-household child at soccer practice
    Picking up non-household child from day care
    Picking up non-household child from school
    Checking non-household child's homework
    Helping a non-household child with homework
    Helping non-household child with school project
    Picking up non-household child's books/assignments
    Quizzing non-household child before a test
    Reviewing non-household child's homework
    Signing non-household child's homework log
    Attending non-household child's back-to-school night
    Attending non-household child's parent-teacher conference
    Attending PTA meeting
    Meeting with school psychologist of non-household child
    Meeting with non-household child's tutor
    Meeting with principal of non-household child
    Observing non-household child's class
    Talking to or with non-household child's tutor
    Talking with teachers of non-household child
    Waiting to meet with non-household child's teacher
    Home schooling a non-household child
    Bandaging non-household child's cuts/burns
    Bandaging non-household child's scrapes/cuts
    Giving non-household child medicine, insulin shot
    Helping non-household child with physical therapy
    Putting medicine on non-household child's burn/cuts
    Sitting with sick non-household child
    Taking a non-household child's temperature
    Accompanying non-household child to medical appointment
    Talking with non-household child's doctor/nurse
    Waiting while doctor examines non-household child
    Waiting with non-household child at hospital/physician's office
    Visiting a non-household child in the hospital
    Bathing non-household adult
    Cutting non-household adult's hair
    Dressing/Feeding non-household adult
    Getting non-household adult ready to go somewhere
    Helping non-household adult dress
    Providing physical aid to non-household adult
    Putting non-household adult to bed
    Waking non-household adult
    Checking on non-household adult
    Monitoring non-household adult
    Supervising non-household adult
    Visiting non-household adult in hospital (2003-2004)
    Accompanying non-household adult to medical appointment
    Meeting with non-household adult care provider
    Talking to non-household adult's doctors/nurses
    Talking to/with non-household adult care provider
    Waiting to meet a non-household adult care provider
    Waiting while doctor examines non-household adult
    Waiting with non-household adult at hospital/physician's office
    Cooking/preparing food for non-household adult
    Doing housework for non-household adult
    Doing laundry for non-household adult (not self)
    Shopping for non-household adult (not self)
    Disposing of trash for non-household adult
    Fixing plumbing leak for non-household adult
    Mending fence for non-household adult
    Mowing the lawn for non-household adult
    Painting house for non-household adult
    Bathing/Walking dog for non-household adult
    Feeding pets for non-household adult
    Adjusting brakes for non-household adult
    Changing tires for non-household adult
    Fixing appliances/car/computer for non-household adult
    Maintaining sports equipment for non-household adults
    Helping non-household adult with computer applications
    Helping non-household adult with taxes/bills
    Doing paperwork for non-household adult
    Making things for non-household adult
    Organizing party for non-household adult
    Packing non-household adult's bags
    Planning activities/events/party for non-household adult
    Running errands for non-household adult (not self)
    Dropping non-household adult off at senior center
    Picking up non-household adult from adult's event
    Waiting for non-household adult to get ready
    Waiting to pick up non-household adult

    2004+: This period includes the following category examples:

    Category examples
    Helping non-household child bathe
    Helping non-household child brush teeth
    Helping non-household child feed him/herself
    Helping non-household child get dressed
    Helping non-household child use the bathroom
    Helping non-household child read
    Teaching non-household child to read
    Dancing with non-household child
    Helping non-household child make arts and crafts
    Teaching non-household child how to play a sport
    Teaching non-household child to ride a bike
    Attending non-household child's school open house
    Meeting with school speech pathologist of non-household child
    Meeting with guidance counselor of non-household child

    2005+: This period includes the following category examples:

    Category examples
    Strolling with a non-household child
    Walking with a non-household child
    Accompanying non-household child trick-or-treating
    Accompanying non-household child visiting Santa Claus
    Accompanying non-household child trick-or-treating
    Accompanying non-household child visiting Santa Claus

  • 0641 GENERAL VOLUNTARY ACTS

    Category Description

    General voluntary activities relate to organizational voluntary activities.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66: The period includes time in non-paid collective civic activities (e.g. volunteers) as well as travelling connected to civic and collective participation activities, including waiting for activities means of transport travel.

    1975-76: The period also includes miscellaneous volunteering.

    1985: The period includes activities with miscellaneous organizations that do not fit under special interest/identity organizations, political party and civic participation, fraternal organizations, child/youth organizations, professional/union organizations, religious groups or religious practice as well as volunteer or helping organizations. Specifically, this time comprises of any activities as a member of an organization not fitting into these categories. Meetings and other activities are included as well. This time also includes interviewing and using questionnaire (etc…) under passive leisure activities.

    1992-94, 1994-95, 1998-01: The period is categorized under volunteer and helping with organizations.

    2003+: Time in general voluntary activities broadly includes the following main categories: administrative and support activities, indoor and outdoor maintenance, building, and clean up activities, participating in performance and cultural activities, attending meetings, conferences, and training, and public health and safety activities.
    Listed are the category examples:

    Category examples
    Checking e-mail
    Computer use, unspecified
    Designing website for volunteer organization
    Surfing the internet
    Writing/sending e-mail
    Organizing volunteer materials
    Preparing for a meeting
    Stuffing envelopes
    Reading books, journals, newspapers
    Reviewing notes, briefs, papers
    Reading books, journals, newspapers
    Editing newsletters
    Writing letters/memos
    Collecting monetary donations
    Raising money for charitable causes/political candidates
    Ringing a bell for the Salvation Army
    Baking cookies for the PTA bake sale
    Delivering/serving meals to shut-ins
    Distributing groceries at food bank
    Preparing food for a fundraiser
    Serving food at a homeless shelter
    Working in a soup kitchen
    Collecting clothing for disaster relief
    Distributing blankets at a homeless shelter
    Reading to the blind
    Spending time with hospice patients
    Visiting shut-ins or the elderly
    Walking dogs at animal shelter
    Assisting in a classroom
    Being a Big Brother/Big Sister
    Coaching teams
    Counseling at a halfway house
    Doing vocational training
    Leading Boy Scout meeting
    Leading religious youth group
    Teaching parenting classes
    Teaching Sunday school
    Tutoring
    Working a hotline for victim support services
    Building a wildlife refuge area
    Building houses for Habitat for Humanity
    Building playgrounds
    Cleaning parks/streets
    Doing environmental clean-up
    Maintaining hiking trails
    Picking up trash
    Planting trees
    Renovating a house
    Repairing cars, tools or equipment
    Acting in a performance
    Auctioneering a benefit auction
    Dancing in a performance
    Emceeing a charity function
    Performing music
    Being a docent/museum guide
    Donating blood, providing medical care
    Being on duty as firefighter
    Patrolling for neighborhood crime watch

    2004+: This period includes the following category examples:

    Category examples
    Addressing envelopes
    Filing
    Preparing/organizing schedules
    Donating books
    Donating clothing
    Sorting books, clothing

    2006+: This period includes practicing for a performance related to volunteer activities.

    2007+: This period includes the following category examples:

    Category examples
    Reading scriptures
    Reading the Bible
    Reading scriptures
    Reading the Bible
    Donating books
    Donating clothing
    Sorting books, clothing
    Counted church offering
    Leading a blessing
    Teaching bat/bar mitzvah class, confirmation class
    Teaching religious class
    Teaching/leading Bible study, religious class

    2012+: This period includes the following category examples:

    Category examples
    Reading scriptures
    Reading the Bible
    Donating books
    Donating clothing
    Sorting books
    Sorting clothing
    Counted church offering
    Leading a blessing
    Teaching bat/bar mitzvah class
    Teaching confirmation class, religious class
    Teaching/leading Bible study, religious class

  • 0642 POLITICAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITY

    Category Description

    This category comprises of time spent in politicial or civic programs.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66: The period includes time in programs of political or union training course including political courses. This also comprises of time in participation as member of a party, of a union, etc.

    1975-76: The period also includes time spent in meetings with political or civic groups as well as other political/civic activities.

    1985: This period includes time spent on political party and civic participation (i.e. Citizens' groups, Young Democrats, Young Republicans, radical political groups, civic duties).

    Category examples
    Meetings- political/citizen organizations
    Attending meetings of a political party or citizen group, including city council
    Other activities, political/citizen organizations
    Participation in political party and citizens' groups, including social activities, voting, jury duty, helping with election, and meals

    2003+: Time in political and civic activities broadly includes time in civic obligations and participation and waiting associated with such activities.

  • 0643 UNION AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

    Category Description

    This category comprises of time spent in union or professional activities.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66: The period comprises of time in participation in various factory councils (committees, commissions).

    1975-76: The period also includes time spent in union/professional group meetings as well as other union/professional group activity.

    1985: This period includes time spent in professional and union organizations (State Education Association; AFL-CIO; Teamsters)

    Category examples
    Meetings; professional/union
    Attending meetings of professional or union groups
    Other activities, professional/union
    Other activities as a member of a professional or union group including social activities and meals

    1992-94, 1994-95. 1998-01: The period is categorized as time with professional unions and organizations.

    2003+: Time in union and professional activities includes

  • 0644 VOLUNTEER CHILD/FAMILY ORGANIZATION

    Category Description

    This is time spent in family or youth organizations.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1975-76: The period also includes time spent in meetings of family/youth organizations as well as other family/youth group activities.

    1985: This period includes time spent in child/youth/family organizations (for example, PTA, PTO; Boy/Girl Scouts; Little League, YMCA/YWCA; school volunteer)

    Category examples
    Meetings, family organizations
    Attending meetings of child/youth/family oriented organizations
    Other activities, family organizations
    Other activities as a member of child/youth/family oriented organizations including social activities and meals

    1992-94, 1998-01: The period is categorized as time with child, youth, and family organizations.

    1994-95: The period is categorized as time with family organizations.

  • 0645 VOLUNTEER FRATERNAL ORGANIZATION

    Category Description

    This is time spent in fraternal organization activities.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1975-76: The period also includes time spent in fraternal organizations as well as other fraternal organization activities.

    1985: This period includes time spent in fraternal organizations (Moose, VFW, Kiwanis, Lions, Civilian, Chamber of Commerce, Shriners, American Legion)

    Category examples
    Meetings, fraternal organizations
    Attending meetings of fraternal organizations
    Other activities, fraternal organizations
    Other activities as a member of fraternal organizations including social activities and helping activities and meals

    1992-94: The period is categorized as time with fraternal organizations.

  • 0646 OTHER FORMAL VOLUNTEERING

    Category Description

    This is time spent in other types of formal miscellaneous volunteering.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66: The period includes time in voluntary activity as an elected official of a social or political organization, participation in meetings, participation in other associations (family, parent, military, etc.), and miscellaneous organization participation.

    1975-76: The period also includes time spent in meetings of identity groups and other identity group activities. Time in other formal volunteering also includes attending meetings of voluntary group, office volunteer, fundraising activity for voluntary group, direct help to persons as a member as well as other voluntary activities for group.

    1985: This period includes time spent in special interest/identity organizations (i.e. groups based on sex, race, national origin, NOW; NAACP; Polish-American Society; neighborhood or block organizations; CR groups; senior citizens; Weight Watchers). Further, this also includes time in volunteering or helping in organizations (hospital volunteer group, United Fund, Red Cross, Big Brother/Sister)

    Category examples
    Meetings: identity organizations
    Attending meetings of special interest, identity organizations
    Other activities, identity organizations
    Other activities as a member of a special interest, identity organization, including social activities and meals
    Attending meetings of volunteer, helping organizations
    Officer work; work as an officer of volunteer, helping organizations, respondent must indicate he/she is an officer to be coded here
    Fundraising activities as a member of volunteer helping organization
    Collecting money, planning a collection drive
    Direct help to individuals or groups as a member of volunteer helping organizations
    Visiting, bringing food, driving
    Other activities as a member of volunteer helping organizations, including social events and meals

    1992-94, 1998-01: This is time spent with special interest groups and other organizations.

  • 0648 ACTS FOR RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION

    Category Description

    This is time spent in religious organizations.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66: The period includes time in participation in religious organizations and religious practice.

    1975-76: The period also includes time spent in religious charity group meeting, other religious charity activity, other religious group meetings and other religious group act/social.

    1985: This period includes time spent in religious groups.

    Category examples
    Meetings: religious helping groups
    Attending meetings of helping-oriented church groups, ladies aid, circle, missionary society, Knights of Columbus
    Other activities; religious helping groups
    Other activities as a member of groups including social activities and meals
    Meetings: other church groups; attending meetings of church group, not primarily helping-oriented, or unknown if helping-oriented
    Other activities, other church groups; other activities as a member of church groups which are not helping oriented or unknown if helping, including social activities and meals
    Choir practice
    Bible class

    1992-94, 1994-95, 1998-01: The period is categorized as time with religious groups.

  • 0649 WORSHIP AND RELIGIOUS ACTS

    Category Description

    This is time spent attending religious practice and services.

    Activity Coding Rules

    1965-66: The period includes time in religious practice and attending religious ceremonies.

    1975-76: The period also includes time spent in attending religious services and private worship.

    1985: This period includes time spent in religious practice.

    Category examples
    Attending services of a church or synagogue, including participating in the
    Service
    Ushering
    Singing in choir
    Leading youth group
    Going to church, funerals
    Individual practice
    Religious practice carried out as an individual or in a small group
    Praying, meditating
    Bible study group (not at church)
    Visiting graves

    1992-94, 1998-01: The period is categorized as time in religious practices.

    1994-95: The period is categorized as time in worship and religious activities.

    2003+: Time in worship and religious activities include attending religious services, participating in religious practices, waiting associated with religious and spiritual activities, and security procedures linked to these activities.

    Category examples
    Attending a baptism/christening, a bar mitzvah/briss
    Attending church revival, church services, confirmation service
    Attending funerals
    Attending mosque, synagogue, temple
    Attending wakes, memorial services
    Attending/participating in weddings
    Attending church choir practice
    Cleaning up after religious ceremonies
    Decorating for religious ceremonies
    Leading church choir, musical groups
    Participating in church musical performance
    Playing the church organ, alone, with others
    Putting flowers on graves
    Rehearsing for religious ceremonies
    Singing in the church choir
    Ushering for religious services
    Visiting graves
    Being searched at security checkpoint
    Opening bags for security search
    Passing through metal detector

    2004+: The following are post 2004 category examples.

    Category examples
    Attending a religious retreat
    Opening Advent calendar day
    Conducting religious rites in the home
    Lighting menorah candles (Hanukkah), attending Advent wreath

    2007+: The following are post-2007 category examples.

    Category examples
    Attending a blessing
    Attending/hearing confession
    Saying prayers for a Seder
    Preparing the sacrament/communion
    Reading the Bible/Koran/Torah/Talmud/scriptures
    Studying the Bible/Koran/scriptures
    Meditating for religious purposes
    Attending a wedding rehearsal
    Leading blessings
    Attending Passover Seder