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: The Survey of Fertility in Thailand
Executive agency: Institute of Population Studies, Chulalongkorn University
Date of fieldwork: 1975
Universe: Ever-married women, -49
Coverage: National, 100%
Weights: Weighted to adjust for rounding errors in selection
Contents: WFS Core Mark 1
Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 25,577, weighted); Husbands (n = 2955, matched to wives, weighted); Community (n = 239 villages)
The sample was based on the household listings prepared for Round III of the
Survey of Population Change. Fieldwork occurred in two phases. In March and
April 1985, male interviewers conducted a household enumeration and a survey
of currently married husbands whose wives were aged under 50 years. In the
second phase, which took place in April to June, ever-married women aged less
than 50 years in the same sample of households were interviewed by female
staff. A total of about 3300 interviews with husbands were completed, of which
2955 were manually matched to the information collected from the wife.
The questionnaire for women adhered strictly to the WFS core Mark 1. The data
from the matched subsample of husbands are available on the SR file. They
include: household income; a standard of living index; size of family
enterprise (if any); husband's knowledge and use of contraception; fertility
preferences; perceived advantages of large and small families; expectations of
support from children; the financial burden of educating sons and daughters;
child care arrangements if wife worked.
A community survey was conducted in rural areas. Detailed information on
community development was collected: use of mechanical equipment for
agriculture; accessibility of rice mills; nature of the agricultural labour
force; marketing arrangements; the presence of manufacturing industries etc.
Access to health and family planning facilities were also ascertained.
The archive does not have permission to distribute the data. The public
archive has the data dictionaries only. To access the data, write
Dr. Pichit Pitaktepsombati
Institute of Population Studies
Public Use Files
Available files include the individual standard recode dictionary, in the original WFS format. In addition, the individual standard recode dictionary dictionary is available in ISSA format.
The table below lists the file names and descriptions.
1. Institute of Population Studies and National Statistical Office, The
Survey of Fertility in Thailand: Country Report, Bangkok, 1977.
2. Arnold, F. and C. Pejaranonda, Economic Factors and Family Size Decisions
in Thailand, SOFT Report no 2, 1977.
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