Community environment and women's health outcomes

contextual data.

William D. Mosher, Lionel P. Deang, Matthew D. Bramlett

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OBJECTIVES: This report presents some illustrative data and analyses from the Contextual Data File for the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). Data are shown by the woman's race and Hispanic origin, and selected characteristics of the community in which she lived. METHODS: Cycle 5 of the NSFG was based on in-person interviews with a national sample of 10,847 women 15-44 years of age in the United States in 1995. The interview included questions on the woman's births, marriages, contraceptive use, and characteristics such as her race and education. Measures of the characteristics of the woman's neighborhood were added to the interview data. RESULTS: This report shows that several simple measures of the social and economic status (SES) and resources of the woman's community of residence are closely associated with outcomes such as delayed childbearing, unwanted births, current marital status, the use of male or female contraceptive sterilization, breast-feeding, vaginal douching, and cigarette smoking. CONCLUSIONS: It is well-documented that the outcomes studied in this report are closely associated with individual characteristics such as age, race, education, and household income. But this report shows that these outcomes are also related to characteristics of the communities in which the individuals live. Researchers are encouraged to use the NSFG Contextual Data File to study these relationships further.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-72
Number of pages72
JournalVital and health statistics. Series 23, Data from the National Survey of Family Growth
Issue number23
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Women's Health
Information Storage and Retrieval
Interviews
Female Contraceptive Agents
Unwanted Children
Vaginal Douching
Growth
Male Contraceptive Agents
Reproductive Sterilization
Education
Reproductive Behavior
Women's Rights
Marital Status
Contraceptive Agents
Breast Feeding
Marriage
Hispanic Americans
Smoking
Economics
Research Personnel

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Community environment and women's health outcomes : contextual data. / Mosher, William D.; Deang, Lionel P.; Bramlett, Matthew D.

In: Vital and health statistics. Series 23, Data from the National Survey of Family Growth, No. 23, 2003, p. 1-72.

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