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FP-13.4 Data Details

FP-13.4 Increase the proportion of male adolescents who talked to a parent or guardian about birth control methods 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)
29.2 (2006-2010)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Females aged 15 to 19 years who reported talking to a parent or guardian about methods of birth control
Number of females aged 15 to 19 years
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth:


The next questions are about how you learned about sex and birth control. [Before you were 18 years old]/, which, if any, of the topics shown on Card 23 did you ever talk with a parent or guardian about? [ENTER all that apply:]

  1. How to say no to sex
  2. Methods of birth control
  3. Where to get birth control
  4. Sexually transmitted diseases
  5. How to prevent HIV/AIDS
  6. How to use a condom
  7. None of the above
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes

Males are considered as having received informal instruction if they report they talked with a parent or guardian about methods of birth control.

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 30.6 to 29.2 due to a change in the baseline year from 2006-2008 to 2006-2010. The target was adjusted from 33.6 to 32.1 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.