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World Fertility Survey

WFS Data

Dominican Republic (1), 1975 (WFS)

The following description of this survey appeared in the 1991 edition of Dynamic Database: A Catalogue of Survey Data Files, Voorburg: International Statistical Institute.

Basic Information

  • Name of survey: Encuesta Nacional de Fecundidad de la República Dominicana (1975)
  • Executive agency: Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia (CONAPOFA)
  • Date of fieldwork: 1975
  • Universe: All women, 15-49
  • Coverage: National, 100%
  • Size: 3115
  • Weights: Self-weighting
  • Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation module
  • Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 59,493, self-weighting)

Additional Information

Fieldwork for both household and individual surveys was conducted jointly. 1-in-4 women aged 15-49 identified in the household enumeration was selected for the individual survey. The household schedule includes items on education, marriage, fertility and mortality.

The major addition to the WFS core questionnaire is a detailed month-by-month sexual life history for the twelve months preceding the survey (see also Venezuela). Available on the SR file are the number of months pregnant, subdivided according to use of effective or ineffective contraceptive methods (if any) prior to conception; the number of months using specific methods; the number of months without sexual intercourse and the reason (celibacy, marital dissolution, temporary absence of spouse, illness, other). From these data, various measures of contraceptive effectiveness can be derived.

Other information about contraception includes: attitudes towards sterilization; reasons for stopping method in last closed and open interval; duration of use of current/last method; source of current method and availability; reasons for changing to current/last method.

A limited amount of information was collected about MCH care relating to the last pregnancy/birth. This includes: details of pre-natal care; type of place of delivery; receipt of post-natal care and type of place; any vaccination given and type of place.

Release Conditions

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:

  Lic. Ramón Portes Carrasco
Secretario Ejecutivo
Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia
Apartado Postal 1803
Santo Domingo
Republica Dominicana

Public Use Files

Available files include the household members data and dictionary, and 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.

File Description File Type
drhh02.dat Household data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
drhh02.dct Codebook for household data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
drhm01.dat Household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
drhm01.dct Codebook for household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
drread.me Conditions of release for the original WFS format data Ascii text file
drsr03.dat Individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
drsr03.dct Codebook for individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
drreadh.me Conditions of release for the ISSA format data Ascii text file
drsr03h.dat Individual standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file
drsr03h.dic Standard ISSA dictionary for ISSA format data (ISSA program is required to use this file) Binary file (requires ISSA program to use this file)
drsr03h.map Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file

Key References

1. Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia, Encuesta Nacional de Fecundidad: Informe General, Santo Domingo, 1976.

2. Guzmán, J.M., Evaluation of the Dominican Republic National Fertility Survey 1975, WFS Scientific Reports no 14, 1980.

3. Ramírez, N., P. Tactuk, E. Hardy and M. Vaessen, The Dominican Republic Fertility Survey: An Assessment, WFS Occasional Papers no 18, 1976.


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