The following description of this survey appeared in the 1991 edition of Dynamic Database: A Catalogue of Survey Data Files, Voorburg: International Statistical Institute.
Name of survey: Encuesta Nacional de Fecundidad de Costa Rica
Executive agency: Dirección General de Estadística y Censos
Date of fieldwork: 1976
Universe: All women, 20-49
Coverage: National, 97%
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation and family planning modules
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 23,070, self-weighting)
This survey was one of the few in the WFS developing countries series to
exclude all women under the age of 20 from the individual enquiry. However,
summary fertility information for all women aged 15-19 (and for those aged 50+)
was collected in the household survey.
A complete history of induced abortions was collected, together with
attitudinal data on abortion under specified circumstances. Never-married women
(aged 20-49) were asked whether they had experienced sexual intercourse. The
length of post-partum abstinence following the most recent birth was asked.
Data may be used for academic research, provided that credit is given
in any publication resulting from the research to the agency that
conducted the survey and that two copies of any publication are sent to:
Mr. Eladio Cordeo Diaz
Dirección General de Estadística y Censos
Public Use Files
Available files include the individual standard recode data and dictionary, in the original WFS format. In addition, the individual standard recode data and dictionary dictionary are available in ISSA format.
The table below lists the file names and descriptions.
Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format
Ascii text file
1. Dirección General de Estadística y Censos, Encuesta Nacional de
Fecundidad, 1976, San José, 1978.
2. Rosero, L., M.B. Gómez and V. Rodríguez de Ortega, Determinantes de la
Fecundidad en Costa Rica: Análisis Longitudinal de Tres Encuestas,
Dirección General de Estadística y Censos, San José, 1982. (Summary in
English as The Determinants of Fertility Decline in Costa Rica 1964-76,
3. Guzmán, J.M., Evaluación de la Historia de Embarazos en la Encuesta
Nacional de Fecundidad Costa Rica 1976, CELADE, Serie C, no 1011, 1980.
(Shortened version in Notas de Población no 24, 1980.)
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