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February 26, 2021

We are approaching 1,000 AFHS respondents in our first sample replicate! Thank you again to all of our study participants thus far. Your survey responses have been invaluable, and they will soon be used to paint an important picture of where the U.S. population stands in terms of the various questions that you answered. As always, please email if you have any questions about study participation.

We have another new article that has been accepted in Field Methods that discusses the best methods for measuring sexual identity in national surveys like AFHS, and this study actually informed the types of questions that were asked in our survey. Stay tuned for this article, which demonstrates that forcing people to choose from a small number of response options in questions about sexual identity can have a negative effect on estimated associations between sexual identity and substance use behaviors.

January 6, 2021

Our first paper, evaluating a pilot study of the web-based contraceptive use history calendar in the AFHS, has been accepted for publication in Field Methods! You can find the in-press version of the accepted paper here. We hope that our participants are continuing to find this data collection tool easy to use. Data collection continues for the first sample replicate of AFHS.

November 4, 2020

Many thanks to all of our study participants thus far! We are truly grateful for all of our respondents, especially given our difficult situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. Please email if any issues arise.

The AFHS study team will presenting a talk at the upcoming virtual annual conference of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, where we will be discussing the use of the event history calendar in the web version of the AFHS survey that is used to measure contraceptive use behaviors in the past 24 months. We hope that our respondents have found this calendar easy to use!

March 12, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we wanted to clarify for our participants and respondents that AFHS support staff may not be able to answer phone calls on certain days. A recording on the phone will provide additional information if staff are unavailable. Contacting us via email ( with questions should result in a quicker response, but responses may still be delayed depending on the work schedules and availability of our staff. This is clearly a fluid situation, and we will continue to post updates. Please stay safe and practice healthy behaviors.

September 17th, 2019

Researchers recently analyzed data from the National Survey of Family Growth, and unfortunately found that for 1 in 16 women in the U.S., their first experience with sexual intercourse was rape. Here is the story about this important public health problem that made national news.

Here is a recent report about the age of onset of sexual activity among boys living in metropolitan areas that uses data from the National Survey of Family Growth.

AFHS research team members Axinn and West recently published a new article in Social Science Research comparing the lifetime prevalence of forced intercourse between persons with a college education and persons without.