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Dominican Republic (2), 1980 (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 (1980)
  • Executive agency: Consejo Nacional de Población y Familia (CONAPOFA)
  • Date of fieldwork: 1980
  • Universe: All women, 15-49
  • Coverage: National, 100%
  • Size: 5123
  • Weights: Self-weighting
  • Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation module, MCH care, cost-benefits of children
  • Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 9169 households, 49,013 members, self-weighting); Re-interview (n = 826)

Additional Information

This 1980 fertility survey was not officially part of the WFS programme, though its instruments followed WFS recommendations. Some technical assistance was provided by WFS staff and the data files have been edited and archived using WFS procedures. As with the 1975 survey, fieldwork for household and individual surveys was integrated.

A sample of 10,558 households were selected using compact clusters; the sample for the individual survey was obtained by subselecting half the households and interviewing all resident women aged 15-49.

The household schedule contains items on education, marriage, fertility and mortality. The individual questionnaire contains: an extensive array of questions on health care during the current pregnancy or most recent pregnancy (within the last 12 months); items on vaccination, preventative and curative health care of the last two children; perceived advantages and disadvantages of large and small families; desirable education for sons and daughters and the difficulties of ensuring that; expected sources of old age support; perceived availability of the pill, IUD, condoms and sterilization.

The household file is in a non-rectangular format. A record for each household is followed by records for each member.

A re-interview survey of 826 ever-married women was carried out about two months after the main field work. This survey formed part of a multi-national Response Errors project, the methodology of which is described in WFS Scientific Reports no 28.

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 individual standard recode dictionary data and dictionary in ISSA format. The table below lists the file names and descriptions.

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File Description File Type
drread.me Conditions of release for the original WFS format data Ascii text file
drsr21.dat Individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
drsr21.dct Codebook for individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
drhh21.dat Household data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
drhh21.info Additional information about household data. ISI version Ascii text file
dr2readh.me Conditions of release for the ISSA format data Ascii text file
drsr21h.dat Individual standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file
drsr21h.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)
drsr21h.map Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file

Key References

1. Hobcraft, J. and G. Rodríguez, The Analysis of Repeat Fertility Surveys: Examples from Dominican Republic, WFS Scientific Reports no 29, 1982

2. Sepúlveda, B. Evaluación de la Encuesta Nacional de Fecundidad de la República Dominicana de 1980, WFS Scientific Reports no 63, 1984.


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