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Study Report

Study Number: QP-008-005-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1988

Subject Area: Family Planning and Fertility

Bibliographic Citation: National survey of family growth, cycle IV, 1988.  [machine-readable data file] / U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. National Center for Health Statistics  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9473

Comments: There are errors in the codebook. Variable locations occurring in pages 746-749 are incorrect. Use the locations in the short list of variables at the beginning of the codebook when in doubt.

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: 1 volume hard copy.

Abstract: The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) is a periodic survey initiated to provide current information on fertility and infertility, family planning, childbearing, contraceptive practice, and other aspects of maternal and child health, and to gauge the effects of these processes on population growth. The NSFG Cycle IV interviews covered the respondent's pregnancy history, past and current use of contraception, ability to bear children, use of medical services for family planning, infertility, and prenatal care, marital history, and associated cohabiting unions. Data on occupation and labor force participation and on a wide range of social, economic, and demographic characteristics are also presented. Cycle IV added questions about AIDS and cohabitation and asked detailed questions on adoption and sexually transmitted diseases. Cycle I, 1974 (ICPSR 7898), Cycle II, 1976 (ICPSR 7902, 8181), and Cycle III, 1982 (ICPSR 8328) are also available from ICPSR.

SOURCE: personal interviews

UNIVERSE: Data have been weighted to be representative of the noninstitutionalized population of women in the United States, 15-44 years of age, regardless of marital status. Black women were oversampled in order to yield reliable estimates by race.

SAMPLE: The 8,450 women interviewed for the NSFG, Cycle IV, were drawn from households in which someone had been interviewed for the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), between October 1985 and March 1987.

NOTE: Per agreement with NCHS, ICPSR distributes the data file(s) and technical documentation in this collection in their original form as prepared by NCHS. This hierarchical data collection has two types of records. There is one respondent record for each of the 8,450 women in the survey. These records include most of the information from the interview and contain approximately 1,330 variables. Following each woman's respondent record are the interval records, one for each of her closed pregnancy intervals (completed pregnancies). The approximately 180 variables in each interval record cover information about the characteristics of each pregnancy and any contraceptive methods used during that interval. There are a total of 15,760 interval records. The race distribution for this file is white (N=5,354), Black (N=2,771), and other (N=325). The data contain blanks.


RESTRICTIONS: In preparing the data tape(s) for this collection, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has removed direct identifiers and characteristics that might lead to identification of data subjects. As an additional precaution, NCHS requires, under section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m), that data collected by NCHS not be used for any purpose other than statistical analysis and reporting. NCHS further requires that analysts not use the data to learn the identity of any persons or establishments and that the director of NCHS be notified if any identities are inadvertently discovered. ICPSR member institutions and other users ordering data from ICPSR are expected to adhere to these restrictions.

DATA TYPE: survey data


TIME PERIOD: January-August 1988

DATE OF COLLECTION: January-August 1988

FUNDING AGENCY: (1) National Center for Health Statistics, (2) National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, (3) National Institutes of Health, and (4) Office of Population Affairs. Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health.


London, K.A. ''Cohabitation, Marriage, Marital Dissolution, and Remarriage: United States, 1988.'' ADVANCE DATA FROM VITAL AND HEALTH STATISTICS, No. 194. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 1990. Mosher, W.D., and W.F. Pratt. ''Contraceptive Use in the United States, 1973-1988.'' ADVANCE DATA FROM VITAL AND HEALTH STATISTICS, No. 182. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 1990. Mosher, W.D., and W.F. Pratt. ''Fecundity and Infertility in the United States, 1965-1988.'' ADVANCE DATA FROM VITAL AND HEALTH STATISTICS, No. 192. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics, 1990.

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