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National Natality Followback Survey [United States], 1972

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics
Other Title
  • Archival Version (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Free Keywords
birth records; demographic characteristics; fertility; health insurance; live births; pregnancy; prenatal care; reproductive history; socioeconomic indicators; unwanted pregnancies; vital statistics; womens health care
  • Abstract

    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.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • Time period: 1972
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
Sampled Universe
All live-birth certificates in the United States in 1972.
The original sample consisted of 6,505 births, 816 of which were reported or inferred to be illegitimate births and excluded from the sample.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8112 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08112.v1
  • South, Scott J., Lloyd, Kim M.. Marriage Opportunities and Family Formation: Futher Implications of Imbalanced Sex Ratios. Journal of Marriage and Family.54, (2), 440-451.1992.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Forrest, J.D., Singh, S.. Timing of prenatal care in the United States: How accurate are our measurements?. Health Services Research.22, (20), 235-253.1987.

Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 6 | Registration Date: 2015-06-15

United States Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics (1984): National Natality Followback Survey [United States], 1972. Archival Version. Version: v0. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.