National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)

Maintained/created by: National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)
Geographic unit of data: U.S. national

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Users can download data and reports on information related to families in the United States. Topics covered include, and are not limited to: HIV testing, contraception use, fatherhood and teen pregnancy. The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) is part of the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey was originally designed to obtain data on marriage, divorce, contraception, infertility, and the health of women and infants. Since adding men to the previously all female sample has expanded the data to include information on sexually transmitted infections, fathers involvement with children, attitudes towards marriage, children and sexual activity.

Data Notes

Reports from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth are available for users to download. These reports include information on HIV testing, the sexual activity and contraception use of teenagers and family planning and fertility. The complete data files are also available for users to download. The NSFG website also provides an alphabetical list of key statistics and these questions and tables are available for users to download.

Starting with Cycle 6 in 2002, men have participated. The participants are representative of the household population in the United States between 15 and 44 years of age. Surveys were conducted in 1973, 1976, 1982, 1988, 1995, 2002 and 2010.The first public use data files for Cycle 7 were released in May 2010. A second set of data files will be released in 2011.