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World Fertility Survey

WFS Data

Fiji, 1974 (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: Fiji Fertility Survey
  • Executive agency: Bureau of Statistics
  • Date of fieldwork: 1974
  • Universe: Ever-married women, 15-49
  • Coverage: National, 96%
  • Size: 4928
  • Weights: Self-weighting
  • Contents: WFS Core Mark 1
  • Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 33,403, self-weighting); Re-interview (n = 371)

Additional Information

This survey acted as the main pilot for the WFS programme. The practical and methodological problems encountered in the survey are described in reference 3 below. A re-interview survey on a subsample of 371 women was conducted and a detailed analysis of response consistency performed (see reference 4 below). A validation of contraceptive use data against health centre records was carried out; the results are contained in the country report.

Because of its pilot nature the questionnaire deviated from the subsequent WFS core in a number of ways: breastfeeding was ascertained for the last birth only; use of contraception was recorded for the last closed pregnancy interval but not for the last closed live-birth interval; the topics of fertility preferences and female employment were handled differently.

Among the country-specific material included in the survey are: lengths of amenorrhoea and sexual abstinence after the last birth; detailed questions on date of first use, duration of use and reasons for stopping for the pill, IUD, and condom (see also Sri Lanka); wife's perception of husband's desire for additional children.

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. Naibuku Navunisaravi
Government Statistician
Bureau of Statistics
Government Buildings
P.O. Box 2221

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
fjhm01.dat Household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
fjhm01.dct Codebook for household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file Conditions of release for the original WFS format data Ascii text file
fjsr01.dat Individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file
fjsr01.dct Codebook for individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file Conditions of release for the ISSA format data Ascii text file
fjsr01h.dat Individual standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file
fjsr01h.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) Codebook file for the standard recode data. ISSA format Ascii text file

Key References

1. Bureau of Statistics, Fiji Fertility Survey, 1974: Principal Report, Suva, 1976.

2. Potter, J.E., Methods of Detecting Errors in WFS Data: an Application to the Fiji Fertility Survey, in International Population Conference, Mexico City, 1977, 1, IUSSP.

3. Sahib, M.A., N.B. Navunisaravi, R. Chandra and J.G. Cleland, The Fiji Fertility Survey: A Critical Commentary, WFS Occasional Papers nos 15 and 16, 1975.

4. Srikantan, K.S., An Evaluation of the Fiji Fertility Survey Based on the Post-Enumeration Survey, WFS Occasional Papers no 21, 1975.

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