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: Sri Lanka Fertility Survey
Executive agency: Department of Census and Statistics
Date of fieldwork: 1975
Universe: Ever-married women, -49
Coverage: National, 100%
Weights: Self-weighting within regional domains
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation module
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 47,914, self-weighting within domains)
The sample was specially designed to provide adequate representation of six
ecological/cultural zones. Fieldwork was conducted by specially recruited and
Household survey data have been transferred to the SR file. These include:
source of water supply; lighting; toilet facilities; dwelling construction and
ownership; ownership of consumer durables, size of area cultivated and cattle
owned (agricultural households only); and an overall standard of living score.
Additional economic information is available from the individual survey in the
form of the respondent's employment in each birth interval and husband's
salary, as reported by wife.
For three major methods of contraception (pill, IUD, condom), calendar year of
first use, source of information, length of use and reasons for stopping were
ascertained (see also Fiji).
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. R.B.M. Korale
Department of Census and Statistics
No. 6, Albert Crescent
P.O. Box 563
Public Use Files
Available files include the household members data and dictionary, 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
1. Ministry of Plan Implementation, World Fertility Survey, Sri Lanka, 1975:
First Report, Colombo, 1978.
2. Alam, I. and J.G. Cleland, Illustrative Analysis: Recent Fertility Trends
in Sri Lanka, WFS Scientific Reports no 25, 1981.
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