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National Natality Followback Survey [United States], 1972 (ICPSR 8112)

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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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Study Description


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. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08112.v1

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Scope of Study


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


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