1991 National Survey of Women
Investigators: Koray Tanfer

The 1991 National Survey of Women (NSW) was conducted as a follow-up to the 1983 Survey of Unmarried Women (NSU), which examined sexual, contraceptive, and fertility behaviors, and the factors associated with these behaviors in a nationally representative probability sample of 1,314 never- married women between the ages of 20 to 29. The NSW sample consists of two subsamples of women. Women in the first sub-sample (n=929) were first interviewed as part of the NSU in 1983 when they were 20-29 years old and had never been married. These women were subsequently traced an reinterviewed in 1991. The second subsample of women (n=740) was obtained from a new area probability sample of 20-27 year old women, regardless of marital status women in this latter sample were interviewed for the first time in 1991. The combined sample consists of 1,669 women who were 20-37 years old in 1991. In-person interviews were conducted using a standard questionnaire and assessed infor-mation regarding respondents' personal back-ground; pregnancy history; sexual initiation and current exposure; current husband or partner; previous marital relationships; non-marital sex-ual partners; nonsexual romantic partners; health and risk-taking behavior; attitudes, per- ceptions and knowledge regarding health and contraception; and condom use. A self-admin-istered questionnaire, which assessed self-esteem, locus of control, and attitudes toward marriage, was also completed by respondents. The NSW includes a total of 1,669 cases and 2,236 variables. This data set contains data from the 1991 NSW only. Data from the 1983 baseline survey, the National Survey of Unmarried Women, are not included in this data set however, these data are available from Sociometrics Data Archive on Adolescent Pregnancy and Pregnancy Pre-vention.

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