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FP-12.1 Data Details

FP-12.1 Increase the proportion of female adolescents who received formal instruction on abstinence before they were 18 years old

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics (CDC/NCHS)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
Baseline (Year)
88.7 (2006-2010)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Females aged 15 to 19 years who report having had formal instruction, before turning age 18 years, about how to say no to sex
Number of females aged 15 to 19 years
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth:


Now I'm interested in knowing about formal sex education you may have had. (Before you were 18, did you ever have/ Have you ever had) any formal instruction at school, church, a community center or some other place about how to say no to sex?

  1. Yes
  2. No
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Females are considered to have received formal instructions on abstinence before turning age 18 years if they responded yes to the following question.

Formal instruction is defined as having received formal instruction at school, church, a community center, or some other place; and informal instruction is defined as having talked to a parent or guardian about reproductive health topics.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch

The original baseline was revised from 87.2 to 88.7 due to a change in the baseline year from 2006-2008 to 2006-2010. The target was adjusted from 95.9 to 97.6 to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.


Additional resources about the objective.

  1. Klein, R.J.; Proctor, S.E.; Boudreault, M.A.; Turczyn, K.M. Healthy People 2010 Criteria for Data Suppression. Statistical Notes No. 24. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2002.