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World Fertility Survey

WFS Data

Sri Lanka, 1975 (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: Sri Lanka Fertility Survey
  • Executive agency: Department of Census and Statistics
  • Date of fieldwork: 1975
  • Universe: Ever-married women, -49
  • Coverage: National, 100%
  • Size: 6810
  • 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)

Additional Information

The sample was specially designed to provide adequate representation of six ecological/cultural zones. Fieldwork was conducted by specially recruited and trained interviewers.

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).

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:

  Mr. R.B.M. Korale
Director
Department of Census and Statistics
No. 6, Albert Crescent
P.O. Box 563
Colombo 7
Sri Lanka

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.

File Description File Type
lkhm01.dat Household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
lkhm01.dct Codebook for household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
lkread.me Conditions of release for the original WFS format data Ascii text file
lksr04.dat Individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
lksr04.dct Codebook for individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
lkss01.dat Supplemental survey data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
lkss01.dct Codebook for supplemental survey data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
lkreadh.me Conditions of release for the ISSA format data Ascii text file
lksr04h.dat Individual standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file
lksr04h.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)
lksr04h.map Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file

Key References

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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