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: Jamaica Fertility Survey
Executive agency: The Statistical Institute of Jamaica
Date of fieldwork: 1975-76
Universe: All women, 15-49 (except full-time students aged 15-19)
Coverage: National, 100%
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation module and detailed union (marriage) data
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 20,812, self-weighting)
Household and individual surveys were conducted jointly. In addition to
standard items, nature of water supply and presence of electricity were
ascertained in the household survey and these data have been transferred to the
In common with most other WFS surveys in the Caribbean, the union (marriage)
history was expanded to include non-cohabiting relationships. A complete
history of sexual partnerships was taken with allowance for more than one type
of union or relationship (visiting, common law, marriage) with the same
partner. Separate parallel histories of unions and partners are preserved on
the SR file.
Extensive economic data were gathered: educational aspirations for sons and
daughters and the financial burden thereof; economic contributions of children
to housework and family enterprises; expected sources of support in old age;
nature of child care arrangements (actual or hypothetical) for working and
non-working mothers; partner's attitude towards employment of wife; partner's
monthly income and length of unemployment, where applicable. A complete
non-live birth history is available on the SR file.
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:
Mrs. C.P. McFarlane
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica
9 Swallowfield Road
P.O. Box 643
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 machine-readable codebook for the Jamaica household file.
The OPR library has a printed record layout for the household survey.
1. Department of Statistics, Jamaica Fertility Survey 1975/76: Country
Report, Kingston, 1979.
2. Singh S, Evaluation of Jamaica National Fertility Survey 1975-76, WFS
Scientific Reports no 34, 1982.
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