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: Kenya Fertility Survey
Executive agency: Central Bureau of Statistics
Date of fieldwork: 1977-1978
Universe: All women, 15-50
Coverage: National, 95%
Weights: Weighted to adjust for deficiencies in the sample frame
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + FOTCAF module
Supplementary surveys: Household members (N = 46,101, weighted)
This survey formed part of the National Integrated Sample Survey Programme and
used the multi-purpose master sample frame. The entire North-Eastern Province
and a few other districts, comprising an estimated 5 per cent of the total
population, were excluded. In rural areas, the household sample was selected
systematically from a complete enumeration of sample clusters which took place
as part of the 1977 National Demographic Survey. In urban areas, a special
listing was conducted. The questionnaire was available in eight local
languages, plus Swahili and English. The fieldwork was carried out in three
separate regional phases.
Although the full family planning module was not used, the following extra
items were collected: knowledge, ever-use and use in last twelve months of
family planning sources; travel mode and time to nearest source; nature of last
source used, waiting time, whether satisfied and whether intends to re-visit;
whether family planning use was considered in last twelve months.
Current marriages were classified into monogamous and polygynous, and number
of co-wives and rank of respondent were ascertained.
The definition of female employment (ie work for money) deviated from the
normal WFS treatment, which used a more liberal definition.
The household members file contains a detailed set of derived variables
concerning household composition.
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. J. Mwaniki
Central Bureau of Statistics
Ministry of Finance and Planning
P.O. Box 30266
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 Kenya household file.
The Princeton University Stokes library has a printed questionnaire for
the household survey which has column numbers indicated.
1. Central Bureau of Statistics, Kenya Fertility Survey, 1977-78: First
Report, Nairobi, 1980/81.
2. Henin, R.A., A. Korten and L.H. Werner, Evaluation of Birth Histories: a
Case Study of Kenya, WFS Scientific Reports no 36, 1982.
3. Mosley, W.H., L.H. Werner and S. Becker, The Dynamics of Birth Spacing and
Marital Fertility in Kenya, WFS Scientific Reports no 30, 1982. (Shorter
version in Social Perspectives, 6(5), 1981.)
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