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FP-9.3 Data Details

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FP-9.3 Increase the proportion of female adolescents aged 15 years and under who had never had sexual intercourse

About the Data

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

Data Source: 
National Survey of Family Growth
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
85.4 (2006–10)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of females aged 15 years who had never had sexual intercourse with a male


Number of females aged 15 years

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2006-2010 National Survey of Family Growth:


    At any time in your life, have you ever had sexual intercourse with a man, that is, made love, had sex, or gone all the way?

    1. Yes
    2. No
Data Collection Frequency: 
Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020: 
This revised objective is better able to measure the same constructs that were measured in Healthy People 2010, but will provide a better measure for adolescent abstinence before age 15 by using reports of current behavior rather than relying on recall data.

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: 
In 2012, the original baseline was revised from 82.9 to 85.4 due to a change in the baseline year from 2006-2008 to 2006-2010. The target was adjusted from 91.2 to 93.9 to reflect the revised baseline using the original target-setting method.