1980 U.S. National Fetal Mortality Study
Investigators: National Center for Health Statistics

This nationally representative study is based on a sample of 6,386 vital records for fetal deaths occurring at 28 weeks gestation or more in the United States in 1980. As with DAAPPP Data Set No. 82-83, married mothers, hospitals, attendants at delivery, and other medical providers of radiation procedures (four groups that were associated with the sampled deliveries) were mailed 8-page questionnaires. Information on demographic and social characteristics, maternal health, infant health, labor and delivery practices and radiation exposure before and during pregnancy was assessed. The survey was limited to late fetal deaths which were more likely to have occurred in a hospital. Abortions were also excluded from this study. The final sample represents 1 in 3 of the estimated number of late fetal deaths in 1980. The microcomputer version of the raw data is an extract of 1,064 cases.

Note for users of DAAPPP Data Sets #01-B1
DAAPPP data sets 01 through B1 are comprised of a User's Guide, SPSS syntax files (*.SPS or *.SPX) and raw data files only. Most of these datasets contain SPSS syntax files that use Job Control Language (JCL) from 1980s versions of SPSS-X. Because the syntax is old, the syntax files require editing to conform to the current syntax standards used by SPSS/Windows or SPSS/Unix. If you require technical assistance in using or editing these syntax files, please contact Sociometrics' Data Support Group at 800.846.3475 or socio@socio.com.

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