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World Fertility Survey

WFS Data

Jamaica, 1975-76 (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: 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%
  • Size: 3096
  • Weights: Self-weighting
  • Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation module and detailed union (marriage) data
  • Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 20,812, self-weighting)

Additional Information

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 SR file.

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.

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:

  Mrs. C.P. McFarlane
Director General
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica
9 Swallowfield Road
P.O. Box 643
Kingston 5
Jamaica

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.

File Description File Type
jmhh01.dat Household data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
jmhh01.dct Codebook for household data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
jmread.me Conditions of release for the original WFS format data Ascii text file
jmsr03.dat Individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
jmsr03.dct Codebook for individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
jmss01.dat Supplemental survey data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
jmss01.dct Codebook for supplemental survey data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
jmreadh.me Conditions of release for the ISSA format data Ascii text file
jmsr03h.dat Individual standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file
jmsr03h.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)
jmsr03h.map Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file

Note: There is no machine-readable codebook for the Jamaica household file. The OPR library has a printed record layout for the household survey.

Key References

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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