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: Syria Fertility Survey
Executive agency: Central Bureau of Statistics
Date of fieldwork: 1978
Universe: Ever-married women, -49
Coverage: National, 100%
Contents: WFS Core Mark 2 + FOTCAF module (part)
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 97,310, self-weighting); Community (n = 130)
There was a large household survey with an extended questionnaire covering:
basic characteristics, children ever born/surviving, current fertility, adult
mortality, ownership of 'modern' objects and housing conditions. Interviews
with ever-married women aged 15-49 were conducted on the same visit, by the
female interviewers, at a systematic 1-in-3 subsample of households. This
questionnaire used the WFS core together with most of the questions in the
The sample design occupies one stage for most rural districts, two stages for
larger villages and small urban areas and three stages for large urban areas.
The community data cover: distance from urban areas; public utilities and
transport; media and communication; health and educational services.
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:
Dr. Abdel-Malik Al-Akhras
Central Bureau of Statistics
Office of the Prime Minister
Syrian Arab Republic
Public Use Files
Available files include 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.
1. Central Bureau of Statistics, Syria Fertility Survey 1978: Principal
Report, Damascus, 1982.
2. Ali, I., Evaluation of the Syria Fertility Survey 1978, Central Bureau
of Statistics, 1983.
3. Farid, S.M. and K. Alloush, eds Determinants of Fertility in Syria, ISI,
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