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|Title:||Growth of American Families Study, 1955|
|Primary Investigator(s):||Campbell, Arthur A., Ronald Freedman, P. Whelpton|
|Abstract:||Women were asked questions about fertility and contraception, including contraceptive use and pregnancy histories, opinions on childbearing and childrearing, expectation of further children, etc. Background information such as marital history, education, income, religion, social characteristics, and place of residence was also collected. For the first eight pregnancies, dates, outcomes, and patterns of contraceptive use are coded. No information about specific contraceptive methods used in these pregnancy intervals was collected, although whether a woman ever used specific methods is recorded. For the first eight live births, the dates, pregnancy order and number of living children at the time of the birth are recorded. According to other information in the data, there were 24 pregnancies of order greater than eight for these women, and 14 live births of order greater than eight. Information about these is not included in the data.|
|Universe:||Currently married white women aged 18-39, living in private households, who were either living with their husbands or temporarily separated because of husband's military service.|