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Principal Investigator(s): United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
These data consist of a sample of the legitimate live births occurring in the United States in 1972. To gather the data, a sample of birth certificates was selected and questionnaires were mailed to the mothers, their physicians, and the hospitals where the births took place. The purposes of the survey were to assess the accuracy of birth certificates, to examine trends in births compared to earlier years, and to enlarge the range of information included in the vital registration system.
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United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics. National Natality Followback Survey [United States], 1972. ICPSR08112-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1983. doi:10.3886/ICPSR08112.v1
Persistent URL: http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08112.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: birth records, demographic characteristics, fertility, health insurance, live births, pregnancy, prenatal care, reproductive history, socioeconomic indicators, unwanted pregnancies, vital statistics, womens health care
Geographic Coverage: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York (state), North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, United States, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Universe: All live-birth certificates in the United States in 1972.
Data Types: survey data
Sample: The original sample consisted of 6,505 births, 816 of which were reported or inferred to be illegitimate births and excluded from the sample.
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mailback questionnaires and self-enumerated questionnaires
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-03-18
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