Completeness of young fathers' reports of fertility

Laura Duberstein Lindberg, Freya Lund Sonenstein, Gladys Martinez, John Marcotte

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Repeated findings that men underreport their fertility in social surveys raises concerns about the usefulness of survey data collected from men. We calculate the birth rate reported by unmarried males ages 15-19 in the National Survey of Adolescent Males. We also calculate the rate of fatherhood among adolescent males from maternal reports in the National Maternal and Infant Health Survey. Comparisons of birth rates to unmarried adolescent males, as measured by these maternal and paternal reports, show no statistically significant differences between the two sources of information. We conclude that it is possible to collect accurate fertility information from young men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Economic and Social Measurement
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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