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Total number of live births: Flag for reasonable values

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For adult women, CHEBFLAG indicates that the value reported in CHEB, the total number of live births to the sample child's biological mother, was greater than 15.

CHEB was first introduced as part of the 1987 supplement on cancer epidemiology and pertained to a section on reproduction and hormone use. For related variables, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


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  • 1987: Half of female sample persons age 18+ (excluded from CACT supplement) who have ever given birth to live infant.


  • 1987