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National Survey of Adolescent Female Sexual Behavior, 1976 (ICPSR 8043)

Principal Investigator(s): Zelnick, Melvin; Kantner, John F.


This data collection contains information concerning the sexual experiences of young women aged 15-19 in the United States. Data were collected through personal interviews with a national sample of adolescent females. Information was collected concerning respondents' attitudes toward premarital sex, knowledge and use of contraceptives, and past or current pregnancies, if any. Respondents were also queried regarding their future educational and career plans. Demographic items include detailed information on the origin of the respondents' family.

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Study Description


Zelnick, Melvin, and John F. Kantner. National Survey of Adolescent Female Sexual Behavior, 1976. ICPSR08043-v2. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-06-16. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08043.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR08043.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    adolescents, birth control, birth rates, career goals, females, fertility, life plans, pregnancy, premarital sex, sexual attitudes, sexual awareness, sexual behavior, teenage pregnancies

Time Period:   

  • 1976

Date of Collection:   

  • 1976

Universe:    Females aged 15-19 living in households in the continental United States.

Data Type(s):    survey data


Sample:    Multistage sample.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.


Original ICPSR Release:   1984-03-18

Version History:

  • 2011-06-16 SAS, SPSS, and Stata setups have been added to this data collection.

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