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National Survey of Fertility Barriers (NSFB)


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STIPULATIONS FOR USE: Open Access to SodaPop.

LATEST RELEASE : April 1, 2009

DESCRIPTION: The NSFB is a nationally representative telephone survey of women age 25-45 that was funded by grant R01-HD044144 from the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) entitled "Infertility: Pathways and Psychological Outcomes". Professor Lynn K. White at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was the Principal Investigator for the first two years of the project.  Following her retirement, Professor David R. Johnson from Penn State who was an investigator on the project assumed the PI role on the project. This study was a collaborative effort of researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Penn State, Alfred University, the University of Connecticut, and The University of Nebraska Medical Center.  The focus of the survey is biomedical fertility barriers. These barriers include subfecundity, but also repeated miscarriages, health conditions that preclude childbearing, and sterilization regret. The survey was conducted between 2004 and 2007 and includes completed interviews with 4,712 women age 25 to 45 and 936 of their partners. The data were collected by the Survey Research Center at The Pennsylvania State University and the Bureau of Sociological Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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LATEST RELEASE : April 1, 2009

WHY ACCESS THE DATA THROUGH PRI:  This data  is distributed only by PRI

ORIGINATING AGENCY / PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR(S): David R. Johnson (Principal Investigator)

PROPER CITATION: Johnson, David R. and White, Lynn K. National Survey of Fertility Barriers [Computer File]. Population Research Institute [distributor]. The Pennsylvania State University. University Park, PA.

DATA DISSEMINATED BY:  Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University.