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National Survey of Family Growth - (2013-2015) Male Respondent File




The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) is designed and administered by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), an agency with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/CDC). Since the NSFG began in 1973, there have been nine data release files. The purpose of the survey is to produce reliable national estimates of: - Factors affecting pregnancy, including sexual activity, contraceptive use, and infertility; - The medical care associated with contraception, infertility, and childbirth; - Factors affecting marriage, divorce, cohabitation, and adoption; - Adoption and caring for nonbiological children - Father involvement behaviors, and - Men's and women's attitudes about sex, childbearing, and marriage. The survey contains key religion variables that may relate to these topics. The survey results are used by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other research and policy organizations to plan health services and health education programs, and to do statistical studies on the topics listed above. (NSFG 2013-2015 User's Guide: Main Text) Each wave of the NSFG survey contains a Female Respondent Survey, Male Respondent Survey, and a Pregnancy Survey. This is the Male Respondent Survey.

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Data File

Cases: 4506
Variables: 2591
Weight Variable: WGT2013_2015

'Since the NSFG data are based on a multi-stage probability-based, nationally representative sample of the household population aged 15-44, ... data users should understand how to account for the complex sample design when doing their analyses in order to obtain statistically valid results... Since the sample design for the 2013-2015 NSFG is the same as that for the 2006-2010 and 2011-2013 files, much of the information produced for that file release is applicable for 2013-2015.' Please refer to the NSFG 2011-2013 User's Guide for more information.

'In the 2013-2015 NSFG, each person in the NSFG sample represents a different number of people in the U.S. household population and this number is indicated in the respondent's sampling weight. There are several factors that lead to variation in the size of the weights. For example, Hispanics, blacks, and teens were selected at higher rates than others in the 15-44 age group. Women also had a higher probability of selection than men. Sampling weights adjust for these unequal probabilities of selection for different population subgroups. The sampling weights were further adjusted to account for differential response rates and coverage rates, so that accurate national estimates can be made from the sample. The weights were adjusted to U.S. Census Bureau projections of the number of persons in age-sex-race-ethnicity subgroups. Data users should use the weights in all analyses to obtain accurate estimates. Using the weights will permit replication of the nationally representative estimates that appear in published NCHS reports.

'Each of the 2013-2015 data files have a weight variable called 'WGT2013_2015' with values for each of the 5,699 female and 4,506 male respondents who completed NSFG interviews in 2013-2015. When correctly applied for the full set of cases, this 'WGT2013_2015' variable yields estimates representative of the 61 million men and 61 million women in the household population aged 15-44 of the United States in each dataset at the approximate midpoint of 2013-2015 interviewing (July 2014)....' (NSFG 2013-2015 User's Guide: Main Text)

Data Collection

September 2013-September 2015

Original Survey (Instrument)

National Survey of Family Growth 2013-2015

Funded By

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Collection Procedures

Fieldwork for the 2013-2015 NSFG was conducted from September 2013 through September 2015. After sample respondents were selected based on screening interviews in selected households, in-person interviews were conducted with 5,699 women and 4,506 men 15-44 years of age for a total sample size of 10,205. The interviews were conducted by female interviewers trained specifically for the NSFG survey using laptop computers - a procedure called computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI). The interviews for female respondents averaged 74 minutes in length, and the interviews for male respondents averaged 51 minutes. The overall response rate was 69.3 percent; 71.2 percent for women and 67.1 percent for men. (NSFG 2013-2015 User's Guide: Main Text)

Sampling Procedures

The sample is based on a multi-stage probability-based, nationally representative sample of the household population aged 15-44. The NSFG 2013-2015 includes oversamples for Hispanics, blacks, teens, and women. See the Users Guide for more information.

Principal Investigators

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

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