Waiting to Receive Birth Control Counseling: Weighted Analyses of Public-Use Data

Marie Boman-Davis and Ritika Bhawal
National University


A Healthy People 2020 objective is to increase the proportion of female adolescents who received formal instruction on birth control methods before they were 18 years old. Public-use data provide valuable information to monitor prevalence and trends. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between birth control counseling and religious service participation adolescent females in the United States from 2011-2017. Secondary data analyses of public-use data sets from the National Survey of Family Growth, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011-13, 2013-15, and 2015-17 were conducted using SAS Studio v3.7 (Enterprise Edition). Results demonstrate how SAS datasets were created from ASCII, sorted, merged then used to conduct weighted analyses which included univariate, bivariate and a multivariable logistic regression. A National University institutional review board waiver was granted since the research analyses, which used data previously collected by the National Center for Health Statistics, did not involve human subjects.