Welcome NSFG Participants
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- What is the National Survey of Family Growth?
- Who Is Doing the National Survey of Family Growth?
- How Was I Chosen?
- Are These Interviews Just for Families, or Those With Children?
- Will my Answers be Kept Private?
- Do I Have to Answer the Questions?
- How Long Will it Take?
- How Will I Recognize The Interviewer?
- Where Do I Get More Information?
You, or a member of your family, may have a chance to take part in an important national survey – The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). The National Center for Health Statistics, a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is responsible for overseeing this survey. The NSFG gathers and publishes important data on marriage, cohabitation, and divorce; family life; having and raising children; and medical care. The NSFG has been a major source of information on reproductive-age U.S. women since 1973 and men since 2002.
The Family Facts sheets below provide some examples of how NSFG data are used:
This section is designed to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the NSFG:
The National Survey of Family Growth gathers information on family formation, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of birth control, and men’s and women’s health. The information is used to help improve health services and health education programs.
The survey is authorized by a federal law, Section 306(b) 1 (H) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242k), which asks NCHS to collect “statistics on family formation, growth, and dissolution.”
The survey provides accurate national statistics on critical issues such as:
- People making choices about school, work, and having a family
- Women looking for a safe and effective way to space their children
- Health care that men and women get, including family planning and reproductive health
- Risk for sexually transmitted infections
NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sponsors, designs, and distributes the survey. NCHS has been conducting the NSFG since 1973. NSFG is one of many important surveys conducted by NCHS. You can find out more about NCHS at www.cdc.gov/nchs.
NCHS has contracted with the University of Michigan to conduct the current fieldwork for the NSFG. A professional, female interviewer from the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center will come to your home and find out if you are eligible for the study. She will ask you questions and type your answers into a laptop computer. You will also get to answer some questions by putting answers into the computer yourself.
We do not know who lives at your house or your name. We take a sample of households from all across the United States. When your interviewer arrives, she will find out if there is someone in your household we need to include in our study.
No. If you do not have children, or live alone, your responses are just as important to the study as anyone else’s. You will be asked only those questions that apply to you. For example, we need to have accurate information about topics such as:
- How many people are choosing not to have children or to have them later in life
- How long marriages and other relationships last
- How often divorced fathers see their children
- The need for infertility services
Yes. Several federal laws and their associated penalties prevent NCHS from releasing information that could identify you or your family to anyone else without your consent. The following laws require that all information collected by NCHS be held in strict confidence:
- Section 308(d) of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 242m(d))
- The Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA, Title 5 of Public Law 107-347).
- The Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a.
Every NCHS employee, contractor, research partner, and agent has taken an oath to keep your information private. Any NCHS employee, agent, or contractor who willfully discloses ANY identifiable information could get a jail term of up to 5 years, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. In addition, NCHS complies with the Federal Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015. This law requires the federal government to protect federal computer networks by using computer security programs to identify cybersecurity risks like hacking, internet attacks, and other security weaknesses
Your help with this study is voluntary. Saying yes or no to being in the study will not change any benefits you get now or in the future.
Many people find the interview interesting and enjoyable. Your participation is very important because each person interviewed represents thousands of others. Some of the questions may be sensitive for some people. You may choose not to answer any question for any reason and may stop the interview at any time.
Interviews take about 60-80 minutes for most adults. Interviews for teenagers take about 60 minutes. A few interviews take a little less or a little more time. We will do the interview at the time that works best for you. Also, for your help in being part of this study, you will receive $40 as a token of our appreciation.
NCHS has contracted with the University of Michigan to conduct interviews for this study. A professional, female interviewer from the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center will come to your home and find out if you are eligible for the study. The interviewer who comes to your home will have a University of Michigan identification badge with her picture on it, the university logo, and a Letter of Authorization from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
For study information:
- Ask your interviewer
- Visit the survey’s website
- Call Dr. Anjani Chandra or Dr. Gladys Martinez at NCHS (toll-free): 1-855-891-8891
For information about your rights as a participant:
- Call the office set up to oversee research (toll-free) 1-800-223-8118
To schedule an interview:
- Call the University of Michigan (toll-free): 1-800-759-7947
- Page last reviewed: April 4, 2018
- Page last updated: April 4, 2018
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