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World Fertility Survey

WFS Data

Jordan, 1976 (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: Jordan Fertility Survey
  • Executive agency: Department of Statistics
  • Date of fieldwork: 1976
  • Universe: Ever-married women, 15-49
  • Coverage: National (excluding West Bank), 100%
  • Size: 3610
  • Weights: Weighted to adjust for deficiencies in the sample frame
  • Contents: WFS Core Mark 1 + fertility regulation module
  • Supplementary surveys: Household members (n = 96,687, weighted); Community (n = 55 villages)

Additional Information

The household survey was conducted in June-July 1976 by teams of predominantly male interviewers. The schedule has questions on fertility, adult and child mortality and on dwelling facilities such as water supply, type of toilet, lighting and possession of consumer durables.

The individual survey was conducted four to five weeks after the household survey by a predominantly female field force, on a subsample of households enumerated in the household survey.

In substantive content, the individual survey is largely confined to the WFS core plus the fertility regulation module. A complete history of induced abortions was collected but this has not yet been transferred to the SR file. It is not possible to link at the level of the household or individual women the data from the household and individual survey.

A community survey was conducted for the 55 villages in the rural sample. The following topics were covered: distance from nearest city/town; means of transport; communications; health and family planning services; educational services; availability of municipal or village council.

Release Conditions

The archive does not have permission to distribute the data. The public archive has the dictionaries only. The data files are available by application to the agency that conducted the study. Please write

  Dr. Abdulhadi Alawin
Director General of Statistics
Department of Statistics
P.O. Box 2015
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Public Use Files

Available files include the household members dictionary, and 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.

File Description File Type
johm01.dct Codebook for household member data. Original WFS format Ascii text file Conditions of release for the original WFS format data Ascii text file
josr02.dct Codebook for individual standard recode data. Original WFS format Ascii text file Conditions of release for the ISSA format data Ascii text file
josr02h.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. Department of Statistics, Jordan Fertility Survey 1976: Principal Report, Amman, 1979. Vol.I & Vol.II

2. Abdel-Aziz, A., Evaluation of the Jordan Fertility Survey 1976, WFS Scientific Reports no 42, 1983.

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