National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), Cycles 1-5

Topic/focus: Behavior, General Health and Nutrition
Year(s): 1973, 1976, 1982, 1990, 1995
Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Study and sample characteristics: In-home interview
Universe: Women of all marital statuses between the ages of 15 and 44
Variables: 1000+
Access: Publically available
Cost: Free
Key web links: National Survey of Family Growth
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: The 1973-1995 National Surveys of Family Growth contain maternal and child health information. For each round of data collection, national samples of women 15-44 years of age were interviewed in person in their own homes. Analysis can be done for the four major census regions (Northeast, Midwest, South, and West) and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. The NSFG contains information on demographics, sexual activity, contraception, family planning, pregnancy, adoption, health history, and AIDS knowledge.