National Survey of Family Growth. The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), is based on personal interviews with a national sample of women 15-44 years of age in the United States. Its main function is to collect data on factors affecting pregnancy and child bearing. Please see http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nsfg.htm for more information.
National Survey of Adolescent Males. The National Survey of Adolescent Males (NSAM), conducted by the Urban Institute and supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), provides data exclusively on teenage males ages 15-19, specifically their contraceptive and sexual behavior. This data set complements the data on teenage females which is available from the NSFG. Please see http://www.nichd.nih.gov/cpr/dbs/res_national3.htm for more information.
National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), conducted by the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina and supported by the NICHD and seventeen other federal agencies, is a school based study of adolescents in grades 7 to12 which provides information on physical, mental, and emotional health status, and health behaviors, including sexual behavior and contraceptive use. It provides the first comprehensive view of the health and health behaviors of adolescents and the antecedents personal, interpersonal, familial, and environmental of these outcomes. This study will follow-up with these young people in to their late teens and early 20s. Please see http://www.cpc.unc.edu/addhealth/ for more information.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monitors the prevalence of youth behaviors that most influence health. This national school-based survey focuses on priority healthrisk behaviors established during youth that result in the most significant mortality, morbidity, disability, and social problems during both youth and adulthood. Please see http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/yrbs/ov.htm for more information.
National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. The NLSY, supported by the NICHD and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is a national sample of approximately 12,000 men and women who were aged 14 to 21 in 1979. The sample is oversampled for the black and Hispanic population. Data have been collected annually through 1994 and every other year beginning in 1996 on topics include employment, fertility, marriage, divorce, child care, and infant health. In 1986, and biannually since then, data were collected from and about the children of the female respondents. Please see http://stats.bls.gov/nlshome.htm for more information.
National Vital Statistics System. The National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), operated by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), CDC, is based on the collection of individual record data for every birth registered in the United States. Data are collected by each State and transmitted to NCHS through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program (VSCP). Under this program, NCHS partially supports State costs of producing vital statistics through a contract with each State. Please see http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/births.htm for more information.