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See also the ICPSR Guide to Social Science Data Preparation and Archiving. The Data and Program Library Service at University of Wisconsin lists resources for analyzing data and for citing data.

Through the Social Sciences Data Collection (SSDC) at University of California, San Diego,
you can search both the SSDC collection and data on the Internet.

American Religion Data Archive. Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana.
The archive houses surveys of: the general population, religious groups, and religious professionals. It includes data on sexuality teaching, homosexuality, and birth control.

Archivos Hispanoamericanos de Sexolog╠a.
Publication in Spanish that has become a forum for the investigators of the Spanish language that want to diffuse its works. For their characteristics and periodic publishing, it has been included in the index and international databases and this registered in the census of scientific publications of the CONACyT (National Council of Science and Technology).
The work that guarantee the continuity of this project is:

  • Obtaining quality articles and scientific work
  • The biannual publishing of the magazine
  • The co-edition of the magazine with the Faculty of Psychology of the UNAM and the Mexican Society of Psychology.
The Australian National University Social Science Data Archives
SSDA contains data sets from Australian and New Zealand studies and opinion polls. From these pages, you can access a list of subject terms, including "sex," "pornography," "prostitution," "sex education," and "venereal diseases," and find the number of studies indexed with each term.
Quick Keyword Search of Studies:
Data sets include:
  • Gynaecological and Sexuality Profile of Women Attending a Family Planning Clinic, 1982
  • Sex Industry Survey, 1994, La Trobe University
  • Victorian General Practitioners' Knowledge of Sexually Transmissible Diseases, 1995, Center for Study of STD's
  • National Survey of Australian Secondary Students HIV/AIDS, 1992, LaTrobe University

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The CDC's National Center for Health Statistics collects and makes available data related to sexuality and reproduction. Through FASTATS, NCHS makes current U.S. statistics on AIDS/HIV, teen births, unmarried childbearing, infertility, reproductive health, STDs, and teen pregnancy available. Data sets include:

  • Divorce Data Public-use Data Files
  • National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) on pregnancy, childbearing, contraception, and related aspects of maternal and child health of American women aged 15-44. Five cycles of data, from 1973-1995, have been collected. Data file variables in 1995 included: menarche, marriage and cohabitation history, sexual partner history for last five years, number of pregnancies, sterilization operations, contraceptive history, pelvic inflammatory disease and other conditions affecting fertility, and HIV testing.
  • National Health Interview Survey, an annual survey, which since 1987 has included questions about AIDS knowledge and attitudes. Additionally, CDC conducted a national household-based survey of more than 10,000 young people that included those not attending high school (1992) and the National College Health Risk Behavior Survey (1995)
The CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion sponsors:
  • Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), a state-based surveillance system of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); collects data on adults' risky health behaviors, including sexual behaviors.
  • The Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) sponsors the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, which collects data on the incidence and prevalence of sexual behaviors of youth every odd-numbered year, using national, state, and large city probability samples of high school students. Data files are available through the National Technical Information Service (see listing).

Council of European Social Science Data Archives, Norway
CESSDA provides a common integrated data catalogue for Social Science data archives in Europe, Israel, Australia, and the United States. It can be searched by keywords related to sexuality.

The UK Data Archive, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom
The UK Data Archive is a national resource center with extensive holdings. A subject search of "sexual behaviour" in its online catalog BIRON yields more than 130 studies. Data sets include:

  • British Social Attitudes Survey, 1983-
  • National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles, 1990, Wellcome Trust
  • Young People's Social Attitudes Survey, 1994

Henry A. Murray Research Center, Radcliffe College, Cambridge, MA
The center is a national repository for social and behavioral science data on human development, with special emphasis on American women and a focus on longitudinal research. Its Guide to the Data Resources is searchable by such terms as "sexual."

Quick Search Form:

Guide to the Data Resources -- How to Use the Online Search
Data sets include:
  • American Couples, 1975-1981, P. Schwartz and P. Blumstein
  • National Lesbian Health Care Survey, 1984-85, J. Bradford, C. Ryan, and the National Lesbian and Gay Health Foundation
  • Family Life and Sexual Learning, 1977, E. Roberts, Population Education, Inc.
  • Psychological Aspects of Fertility Behavior in Women, 1972-75, W. Miller

Institute for Research in Social Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
IRSS maintains a large archive of public opinion data, personal and social psychological data, world fertility, and demographic and health data. It has a searchable catalog of its data holdings.

Data sets and data archives include:

  • Computer-Administered Panel Study, 1983-1988 (CAPS); data from annual samples of 100 UNC undergraduates; titles cover dating, serious relationships and sexuality; sexual abuse; homophobia; sexual attitudes; and love
  • The IRSS data archive provides access to data from the two largest archives of social science and public opinion data in the world: the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and the Roper Center.
  • Public Opinion Poll Question Database; users can view questions and responses for search terms such as "sexual" and "sexuality" from Louis Harris, USA Today, State Polls, and other organizations
  • Survey Studies from Latin American and Spain, a few of which cover sexuality

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan
ICPSR has an extensive archive of computerized social science data organized by subject categories. Search holdings or browse by categories, particularly XVII. Social Institutions, Behavior.

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Data archives and data sets include:
  • Family Life and Sexual Learning, 1976, E. Roberts, D. Kline, and J. Gagnon
  • General Social Survey, 1972- , National Opinion Research Center, U. of Chicago; the General Social Survey Data and Information Retrieval System (GSSDIRS) allows users to search GSS questions and responses related to sexual attitudes and experiences. A subject search on "sex" retrieves data on extramarital sex, frequency of sex, attitudes about homosexuality, partners, pornography, premarital sex, prostitution, and teenage sex
  • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD); can be searched by words such as "rape," "sexual assault," "sex offenders," or by broad subject categories.
  • National Survey of Family Growth, Cycles I-V, 1973-1995, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services; provides information on maternal and child health issues
  • The National Health and Social Life Survey, 1992, Study No. 6647, Edward O. Laumann, et al., National Opinion Research Center, U. of Chicago, on the sexual experiences of adults in the U.S.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive; houses the National Youth Surveys, 1976-80, 1983, and 1987

Kaiser Family Foundation , Menlo Park, CA
The foundation conducts surveys on reproductive health and HIV policy. Recent survey data on the Kaiser web site includes Sex in the 90s: Kaiser Family Foundation/ABC Television 1998 National Survey of Americans on Sex and Sexual Health (September 1998) and Kaiser Family Foundation/Glamour 1998 Survey of Men and Women on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (August 1998).

The Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN
The Institute houses data sets from its own research projects (See Kinsey Institute Data and Codebooks) and those listed below that have been deposited at the Institute by other sexuality researchers.

Macro International, Calverton, MD
This company distributes data from the Demographic and Health Surveys, which provide information dating back to 1948 on fertility, family planning, and maternal and child health in developing countries.

National Data Archives on Child Abuse and Neglect, Cornell University, NY
NDACAN provides a complete list of its current holdings, some of which have an emphasis on childhood sexual abuse. Data sets include:

  • Victimization and Other Risk Factors for Child Maltreatment Among School-Age Parents: A Longitudinal Study, 1988-1992, D. Boyer and D. Fine
  • National Youth Victimization Prevention Survey, David Finkelhor

National Technical Information Service, Washington, D.C.
NTIS is the official resource for U.S. government-sponsored scientific research. The catalog of the Federal Computer Products Center can be searched by such terms and phrases as "sexual behaviors," "youth," "risk," "sexually transmitted diseases," "HIV infection," and "unintended pregnancies." Data files include:

  • National College Health Risk Behavior Survey (NCHRBS) 1995
  • National School-Based Youth Risk Behavior Study (YRBS), 1995
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1993
  • Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1990

Office of Population Research Data Archive, Princeton University, NJ
OPR houses a number of specialized data sets from the U.S. and other countries on fertility:

  • American Fertility Surveys from 1955-1988
  • World Fertility Survey conducted in 41 developing countries in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Demographic and Health Surveys, national sample surveys with an emphasis on maternal and child health in developing countries
  • Chinese Fertility Surveys, 1985 and 1987
  • Mirror site for Spanish-language Archivos de Fecundidad y Salud, Programa Centroamericana de Poblacion, Universidad de Costa Rica, which houses fertility and health surveys from Central American countries

Queens College, CUNY
Queens is another site housing data sets of the General Social Survey, a source of information on sexual attitudes and experiences. It also provides access to a computer program to extract GSS data, and searchable versions of the Cumulative GSS Codebook, the GSS Annotated Bibliography, and the GSS Subject Index to Questions.

Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, University of Connecticut
The center maintains a large historical archive of public opinion data from the U.S. and other countries, particularly Latin America. It houses Data Files and Codebook for the General Social Survey, 1972-, a source for information on American sexual attitudes and experiences. Access to the center's Public Opinion Location Library (POLL), a database of questions from many U.S. polls since 1936, including Gallup, Roper, Harris, NORC, ABC, CBS, NBC, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and others, is by subscription only.

Sociometrics Corporation, Los Altos, CA
Sociometrics provides access to data on current social issues in the U.S., including teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections/AIDS. You can search data set study summaries. The extensive data archives include:

  • HIV/AIDS/STDs Data Archive (HIV/AIDS/STD). Studies include:
    • Adolescent Women's Contraceptive Decision-Making Project, Baltimore City, 1988, Carol Weisman and Stacey Plichta
    • The California Survey of AIDS Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior: 1987 and 1988, California Dept. of Health Services
    • Detroit Minority Youth Behavior Study, 1991, Kathleen Ford & Anne Norris
    • Los Angeles Women's Health Risk Study, 1990, David Kanouse
    • National Health and Social Life Survey, 1992, Edward O. Laumann, et al.
    • National Survey of Adolescent Males, 1988 & 1990-91, Freya L. Sonenstein, Joseph H. Pleck & Leighton Ku
    • National Survey of Men, 1991, Koray Tanfer
    • National Survey of Women, 1991, Koray Tanfer
    • Prospero Project Condom Study, San Francisco, 1989-1991, Dan Waldorf and David Lauderback
  • American Family Data Archive (AFDA)
    • National Survey of Family Growth, Cycle V, 1995, the fifth in a series of surveys of women 15-44 years of age. Includes marital and cohabitation histories, sexual partner histories and characteristics of male partners.
  • Data Archive on Adolescent Pregnancy and Pregnancy Prevention (DAAPPP) and its National Archive on Sexuality, Health, and Adolescence
    • National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Archives (HAPPA)
  • Program Archive on Sexuality, Health and Adolescence (PASHA), a collection of prevention programs
  • Research Archive on Disability in the U.S. (RADIUS)
    • 1994 National Survey of Sexuality Issues among Women with Physical Disabilities, Margaret A. Nosek

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