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: Malaysian Fertility and Family Survey 1974
Executive agency: National Population and Family Development Board
Date of fieldwork: 1974
Universe: Ever-married women, -49
Coverage: Peninsular Malaysia, 100%
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation module
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 41,858, self-weighting); Community
The sample frame was as for the Household Expenditure and Income Survey
(1973-4). This covered Peninsular Malaysia, about 84 per cent of the total
The household schedule includes education, race, household activities, fuel and
The individual questionnaire was developed before the WFS core took its final
shape. The data on contraception are particularly rich: supply and medical
problems, history of use, preferences, attitudes, cost, etc. Other subjects
include abortion, income, religion and views on family size, woman's work,
education and the value of children.
The community data covers transport to and distance from other areas and
facilities, communication and media, health and education services,
agricultural development, religion and racial constitutions, industrial
development and access to public administration. These community data are
available on a file matched with the individual data.
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. Annuar Maaruf
National Population and Family Development Board
P.O. Box 10416
50712 Kuala Lumpur
Public Use Files
Available files include the individual standard recode data and dictionary, and the supplemental survey data and dictionary, in the original WFS format.
The table below lists the file names and descriptions.
Codebook for supplemental survey data. Original WFS format
Ascii text file
1. Chander, R. and V.T. Palan, Malaysian Fertility and Family Survey 1974,
Department of Statistics, Kuala Lumpur, 1978.
2. National Family Planning Board, Proceedings of the Seminar on the
Malaysian Fertility and Family Survey/Population and Development, 1979.
3. Mohd Yatim M., Evaluation of the Malaysian Fertility and Family Survey
1974, WFS Scientific Reports no 27, 1982.
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