1960-1993 National and State Data Files on Adolescent Fertility
Investigators: Kristin A. Moore and Nancy Snyder, Child Trends, Inc.

The 1960-1993 National and State Data Files on Adolescent Fertility, Assembled by Child Trends is a compilation of secondary data on adolescent and young women's fertility in the United States. Data are provided in two separate Data Sets. The National Data File, Data Set M3, provides statistics on the number of births, non-marital births, abortions, pregnancies, and first births; rates of birth, non-marital birth, low birth weight, and infant mortality; the percentage of never-married women; and the incidence of third trimester (late) or no prenatal care. Data Set M3 contains 418 variables categorized by age range and ethnicity. Data are available for the following years: 1960, 1965, 1970, and 1972 through 1992. Data from 1993 are available for variables assessing total number of births and non-marital births; birth rates and non-marital birth rates; incidence of low birth weight; total number of first births; and number of births with third trimester or no prenatal care. Data from 1994 are available for variables assessing percentage of unmarried women.

The State Data File, Data Set M4, provides fertility statistics for the 50 states and Washington, DC spanning the years 1960 through 1993. Variables in the state data file include number of births, first births, non-marital births, and abortions; birth, pregnancy, and abortion rates per 1,000 women; and the number and percentage of AFDC mothers. Data Set M4 contains 480 variables categorized by age or age range and ethnicity.

The source data for this data set were complied from a number of sources, each based on samples of their own or on the Vital Registration System. Sources include the National Center for Health Statistics, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Alan Guttmacher Institute; the U.S. Census Bureau; and the Office of Family Assistance, Family Support Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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