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National Survey of Family Growth, 1988: Cycle IV [United States]

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Title:National Survey of Family Growth, 1988: Cycle IV [United States]
Study Number:375
Catalog Date:08/10/1998
Primary Investigator(s):United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
Access Restrictions:No
Abstract:The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), sponsored by the National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a multipurpose survey based on personal interviews with a national sample of women 15-44 years of age in the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States. Its main function is to collect data on factors affecting pregnancy and women's health in the United States. NSFG surveys were conducted in 1973 (Cycle I), 1976 (Cycle II), 1982 (Cycle III), 1988 and 1990 (Cycle IV), and 1995 (Cycle V). Future surveys are anticipated to include data from interviews with men as well as women. The NSFG supplements and complements the data from the National Vital Statistics System on births, marriage and divorce, fetal death, and infant mortality. It is also a significant part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's public health surveillance for women, infants, and children -- particularly in regard to contraception, infertility, childbearing, and teenage pregnancy. The survey reports background information about the respondent and her husband, such as education, religion, ethnic origin, occupation, and earnings. Complete marital history, birth history and pregnancy history information are recorded. For pregnancies ending after January 1, 1982, a complete history of contraceptive methods used in the interval is available, including the reason the last method was stopped. The wantedness and timing of each pregnancy was ascertained. There are questions about the woman's ideal family size, desired, intended and expected number of children. Women are asked their age at the first time they had intercourse. This survey has expanded questions about the respondent's use of health services, including PAP tests, pelvic exams, and tests for STD's. There are more questions about precautions the respondent was taking to avoid AIDS and other STD's, although many of these responses are not included in the data because of concerns about confidentiality. There are also detailed questions about child care.
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Universe:Data have been weighted to be representative of the non-institutionalized population of women in the United States, 15-44 years of age, regardless of marital status. Black women were over-sampled in order to yield reliable estimates by race.

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