The National Comorbidity Surveys

The NCS (baseline): The baseline NCS, fielded from the fall of 1990 to the spring of 1992, was the first nationally representative mental health survey in the U.S. to use a fully structured research diagnostic interview to assess the prevalences and correlates of DSM-III-R disorders.

NCS-2: In 2001-02, respondents of the baseline NCS were reinterviewed (NCS-2) to study patterns and predictors of the course of mental and substance use disorders and to evaluate the effects of primary mental disorders in predicting the onset and course of secondary substance disorders.

NCS-R: In conjunction with the NCS-2, an NCS Replication survey (NCS-R) was carried out in a new national sample of 10,000 respondents. The goals of the NCS-R are to study trends in a wide range of variables assessed in the baseline NCS and to obtain more information about a number of topics either not covered in the baseline NCS or covered in less depth than we currently desire.

NCS-A: A survey of 10,000 adolescents (NCS-A) was carried out in parallel with the NCS-R and NCS-2 surveys. The goal of NCS-A is to produce nationally representative data on the prevalences and correlates of mental disorders among youth.

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