Household and individual surveys were conducted in an integrated field
operation by female interviewer, mainly public health nurses, working part-time
rather than in a full-time team.
Data from the household survey were aggregated: sex of household head; number
of males/females aged 0-14, 15-49, 50+ years; and number of males/females
attending school. Household possessions were also ascertained. No information
on individual household members is available.
In common with most other WFS surveys in the Caribbean, the union (marriage)
history in the individual questionnaire was expanded to include non-cohabiting
relationships. A history of sexual partnership was taken with allowance for
more than one type of union or relationship (visiting, common law, marriage)
with the same partner. A special code for each union/relationship denotes
whether a new or the previous partner is involved. The total number of partners
is recorded but, unlike the Jamaican WFS SR file, a separate dated history of
partnerships is not available. The SR file contains a complete non-live birth
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. B.O. Bowman
Ministry of Economic Planning and Finance
Home Stretch Aveunue
P.O. Box 542
Public Use Files
Available files include the household data, 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.
Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format
Ascii text file
There is no codebook for the Guyana household raw data file.
The OPR library contains a copy of the questionnaire used for the household
survey, but it is of little use in deciphering the household raw data
1. Ministry of Economic Development, Guyana Fertility Survey 1975: Country
Report, Georgetown, 1979.
2. Balkaran, S.B., Evaluation of the Guyana Fertility Survey 1975, WFS
Scientific Reports no 26, 1982.
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