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: Encuesta de Fecundidad
Executive agency: Oficina de Estudios de Población, Ministerio de Salud
Date of fieldwork: 1975-76
Universe: All women, 20-49
Coverage: National, 90%
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation module
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 23,960 self-weighting)
The survey domain excluded remote areas and those inhabited primarily by the
indigenous population. This survey, atypically for the WFS programme, defined
the universe for the individual enquiry as all women aged 20-49. In the
household survey, however, fertility questions were asked of women aged 15-19
(and of women aged 50+). Information on household amenities was also collected
in the household survey.
The abortion module was used and a complete history of non-live births is
available on the SR file. Never-married women in the individual sample were not
asked questions on contraceptive knowledge or use. Country specific topics
include religious participation (church attendance, frequency of communion,
perceived importance of religion) and pap smears (knowledge and experience,
interest, and reasons for lack of interest).
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:
Lic. José A. Barahona S.
Oficina de Estudios de Población
Ministerio de Salud
Public Use Files
Available files include the individual standard recode data and dictionary, in the original WFS format. In addition, the individual standard recode dictionary dictionary data 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. Ministerio de Salud, Encuesta de Fecundidad, 1977 - Informe General,
Panama City, 1978.
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