Public use data file documentation : 2011-2013 National Survey of Family Growth : user's guide
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Public use data file documentation : 2011-2013 National Survey of Family Growth : user's guide

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      The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) is designed and administered by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), in collaboration with several other agencies of the US Department of Health and Human Services (see Acknowledgments). Since the NSFG began in 1973, there have been eight data file releases. The primary purpose of the survey is to produce national estimates of:

      • factors affecting pregnancy, including sexual activity, contraceptive use, and infertility;

      • the medical care associated with contraception, infertility, and childbirth;

      • factors affecting marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and family building;

      • adoption and caring for non-biological children;

      • father involvement with their children;

      • use of sexual and reproductive health services; and

      • men’s and women’s attitudes about sex, childbearing, and marriage.

      The survey results are used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other research and policy organizations to plan health services and health education programs, and to do statistical studies on the topics listed above, among others.

      This User’s Guide is for researchers planning to use the 2011-2013 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) 2011-2013 Public Use Data Files. It is intended to guide you through the process of identifying the variables you need for your research. The User’s Guide consists of:

      • Part 1 providing an overview with information that applies to all users, regardless of their research topics.

      • Part 2 contains information about specific topics relevant to your analysis

      • 7 Appendices providing further reference material:

      o Appendix 1 – Indexes listing all variables on the public use data files

      o Appendix 2 – SAS and Stata syntax for common file manipulations

      o Appendix 3 – Specifications for all the recode (constructed) variables

      o Appendix 4 – Crosswalk grids for all recode variables and their equivalents by

      gender and across recent NSFG survey years

      o Appendix 5 – Summary of questionnaire changes since the 2006-2010 NSFG o Appendix 6 – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for the NSFG

      o Appendix 7 – List of variables suppressed or modified for the public-use file

      including detail about restricted-use variables only available through the NCHS Research Data Center

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