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Author: Kost, Kathryn
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1. Lindberg, Laura
Kost, Kathryn
Desai, Sheila
Maddow-Zimet, Isaac
Zolna, Mia
Completeness of Abortion Reporting in Three National Surveys in the United States
Presented: Denver CO, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2018
Cohort(s): NLSY97
Publisher: Population Association of America
Keyword(s): Abortion; Monte Carlo; National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (AddHealth); National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG); Underreporting

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Despite its frequency, abortion remains a highly sensitive, stigmatized and thus difficult-to-measure behavior. This paper presents estimates of abortion underreporting for three recent major national surveys in the United States--the National Survey of Family Growth 2006 -2010 and 2011-2015, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997 and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. The numbers of abortions reported in each survey will be compared to an external "gold standard" for national abortion counts obtained from a comprehensive census of abortion providers, with adjustments for differences in age and period of each data source. We will also use Monte Carlo simulations to estimate the extent to which underreporting may bias studies of the relationship between abortion and other variables. This work will help to clarify the extent to which pervasive underreporting of abortion in our nation's surveys compromises the study of abortion and fertility more generally.
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Lindberg, Laura, Kathryn Kost, Sheila Desai, Isaac Maddow-Zimet and Mia Zolna. "Completeness of Abortion Reporting in Three National Surveys in the United States." Presented: Denver CO, Population Association of America Annual Meeting, April 2018.